Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cucumber Mint Salad

Cucumber Mint Salad
Cucumber Mint Salad
Our gardens have been exploding with mint and we couldn't be more excited! Try this refreshing and light recipe.

  • 2 cucumbers, peeled, cut in half lengthwise , then sliced crosswise
  • 1 tsps salt
  • 1/4 cup STAR White Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint *
*To chop the mint, chiffonade it by stacking the leaves on top of each other, rolling them up like a cigar, and taking thin slices from one end to the other.


Combine all ingredients in a bowl, toss to coat. Serve immediately, or make ahead (up to a couple of hours) and chill.
Sunday, July 20, 2014

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

At this time of year, zucchini is exploding out of everyone's gardens so why not use it as a dessert? Try this recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Bread that will satisfy your taste-buds.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Prep: 15 min.   Bake: 50 min. + cooling   Makes: 2 loaves

  • 1 cup Sugar 
  • 1 cup STAR Grapeseed Oil
  • 3 Eggs 
  • 3 teaspoons Vanilla Extract 
  • 2-1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour 
  • 1/2 cup Baking Cocoa 
  • 1 teaspoon Salt 
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda 
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon 
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 cups Shredded Peeled Zucchini  

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla until well-blended. 
  3. In a separate bowl combine the flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and baking powder; gradually beat into sugar mixture until blended. Then stir in the zucchini. 
  4. Pour into two 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. 
  5. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Picnicking Tips From STAR

We love this time of year; great weather, lots of fresh produce and plenty of outdoor fun. Here is a list of tips to help you get ready for your next picnic:

Olive Pouches
Olive Pouches
  • Everyone likes to lounge on a picnic blanket but sometimes the ground is wet or the picnic table is dirty. Bring along a vinyl tablecloth. They are water resistant and reusable!
  • Make picnic foods interesting and easy to eat – think finger foods. STAR Olive Pouches travel easily and are resealable!
  • Put small bottles of water or juice in the freezer for a few hours before the picnic. These can then double-up as chiller-blocks to keep food cool and when you reach your picnic spot, the drinks will still be cold.
  • Stick a first aid kit in the car and leave it there all summer including sunscreen and bug spray in the kit. You never know when you might need it!
  • Don't forget a trash bag to keep your area clean and for easy disposal.
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