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The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know fun food facts we will look at Ambrosia.

Ambrosia Fun Facts

The Facts: Ambrosia is a variation on the traditional fruit salad. It contains sweetened whipped cream, sour cream, or yogurt, pineapple, mandarin oranges, miniature marshmallows and coconut. Some versions also contain maraschino cherries, bananas, strawberries, also crushed pecans can be used. The mixture is then refrigerated for a few hours.

  • According to the Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, “Ambrosia is a dessert made from fruits, sugar and grated coconut, most popular in the South.”
  • December 12th is National Ambrosia Day.
  • Recipes specifically titled ambrosia begin to appear in American cookbooks in the last quarter of the 19th century. Prior to this time there were several recipes that would produce somewhat similar results, listed under different names such as iced oranges. The key ingredient that separates these from “true” ambrosia is coconut.
  • In classical Greek mythology, ambrosia is known as “The food of the gods”.

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This refreshing salad we are sharing on Meatless Monday comes from Josh Henderson of Skillet Street Food in Seattle, WA. It is packed with flavor and nutrition. Nutrient-dense kale has potential antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties while canola oil is a good source of omega-3 fat and vitamin E.

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Skillet Street Food – Kale Salad with Hazelnut-Balsamic Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups chopped kale 1 L?2 Tbsp chopped, toasted hazelnuts 30 mL
  • 2 Tbsp dried cranberries 30 mL
  • ?2 Tbsp blue cheese crumbles 30 mL
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, whole leaf 60 mL

Hazelnut-Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar 75 mL
  • 1 Tbsp water 15 mL?2 tsp Dijon mustard 10 mL
  • 1/2 tsp salt 2 mL
  • ?1 shallot, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ?1 Tbsp fresh chopped thyme 15 mL
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper 2 mL
  • 1?4 cup crushed, toasted hazelnuts 60 mL
  • 1/2 cup canola oil 125 mL

Instructions:

  1. In large bowl combine, kale, hazelnuts, cranberries, blue cheese and parsley. Set aside.
  2. To prepare Hazelnut-Balsamic Vinaigrette: In medium bowl, combine balsamic vinegar, water, Dijon mustard, salt, shallot, garlic, thyme, pepper and hazelnuts. Using immersion blender, combine ingredients and slowly add canola oil until emulsion forms.
  3. Add vinaigrette to kale salad, toss and serve.

Yield: 4 servings. Serving Size: Just over 1 cup (250 mL) salad.

Skillet Street Food

Twitter: @skilletstfood

street food, diner & bacon jam.

http://skilletstreetfood.com

 

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Taylor Farms Retail Inc. is initiating a voluntary, precautionary recall of 3,265 cases of various salad blends with the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella following a random test conducted on a finished package of spinach by the State of Washington Department of Agriculture.

The bagged salad products subject to the recall include:

BrandItem DescriptionUPC number Code Date / Best Buy Date
Fresh SelectionsHearts of Romaine 10 oz. bag0-11110-91044-8TFRS277B07OOKR5L Best By 10-18-11
Fresh SelectionsLeafy Romaine 10 oz. bag0-11110-91046-2TFRS277B07OOKR5H Best By 10-18-11
Fresh SelectionsField of Greens 10 oz. bag0-11110-91042-4TFRS277B07OOKR5F Best By 10-18-11
Fresh SelectionsRomaine Blend 10 oz. bag0-11110-91038-7TFRS277B07OOKR5N Best By 10-18-11
HEBSpring Mix 5 oz. bag0-41220-19752-1TFRS277B07 Best By 10-20-11
MarketsideFresh Spinach 10oz bag6-81131-32946-0TFRS277A07 Guaranteed Delicious By 10-21-11
MarketsideCaesar Salad Kit 14.6 oz. bag6-81131-38744-6TFRS277B07 Guaranteed Delicious By 10-19-11
MarketsideAsian Salad Kit 15 oz. bag6-81131-53211-2TFRS277B07 Guaranteed Delicious By 10-19-11
MarketsideSouthwest Salad Kit 15oz bag6-81131-38747-7TFRS277B07 Guaranteed Delicious By 10-19-11
MarketsidePremium Romaine 9 oz. bag6-81131-38753-8TFRS277B07 Guaranteed Delicious By 10-19-11
MarketsidePremium Romaine Family 18 oz. bag6-81131-38807-8TFRS277B07 Guaranteed Delicious By 10-19-11
Taylor FarmsField Greens 8 oz. bag0-30223-04036-1TFRS277B07 Best If Used By 10-20-11

The products were distributed in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Puerto Rico and sold in various retail supermarkets.

No other products or code dates are affected by this recall. The company is cooperating with the FDA regarding this recall.

There have been no reported illnesses attributed to the recalled items.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people may experience fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (which may be bloody), and abdominal pain. In rare cases the organism can get into the bloodstream and cause more serious complications.

Customers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume the products and should dispose of them. Consumers may contact Taylor Farms Retail, Inc. for further information at 1-877-323-7374. Consumers with concerns about an illness from consumption of this product should contact a health care provider.

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To follow our earlier profile of Stephanie Morgan and her Seabirds vegan food truck from Orange County, CA we wanted to share with you a recipe of one of the vegan items that you may find one their truck.

Chopped Summer Salad
Serves up to 10

Ingredients:

  • 2 cucumbers, seeded and cut in cubes
  • 3 ears of sweat corn, kernels removed
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, cut in half (you can use red or yellow tomatoes, or both for more color)
  • 20 red grapes, cut in half
  • 2 avocados, cut in cubes
  • 5-10 mint leaves
  • 5-10 basil leaves
  • juice of one lemon (or lime)
  • 1 Tablespoon agave nectar
  • pinch of kosher salt (optional)
  • pinch of black pepper (optional)

Directions:

In a large bowl combine cucumbers, corn kernels, tomatoes, grapes, avocado, mint and basil.

Squeeze in the lemon or lime juice.

Add salt, pepper, and agave. Toss and let chill.

We hope you try this recipe out at home and share your experience with the rest of our readers. The Seabirds Truck can normally be found around Irvine; or you can follow them on Twitter or their website.

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Mobile Cuisine Magazine looks forward to continued coverage of Meatless Monday for our readers!

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