What a week! We hailed chiefs, celebrated friends, extended birthday wishes (ahoy, Morgen!) and now drink to a zestful anniversary. February 22 is National Margarita Day and considering the sun is out, the snow is melting and there’s plenty of limes to be had this time of year (at the grocer), we joyously salute the Mexican marvel.
We couldn’t be more excited to bring you this convivial tea party idea from Julie Schneider, aka Your Secret Admiral, inspired by the tale of best buds, George and Martha.* Celebrating friendship (with some hilarious lessons on how not to lose them), the stories are some of our childhood favorites too. Remember Martha’s infatuation with the mirror? George’s gold tooth? It was a treat to revisit the BFFs while making the acquaintance of our talented guest contributor. To fun collaborations!
1. Martha Washington’s Booke of Cookery and Booke of Sweetmeats by Karen Hess | G.W. favorite food: nuts 2. Dining at Monticello: In Good Taste and Abundance (distributed for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation) by Damon Lee Fowler (Editor) | T. J.: Virginia fare but fond of French food too (and vino) 3. The First Ladies cook book: Favorite recipes of all the Presidents of the United States by Margaret Brown Klapthor | J.M. likely fancied ice cream as much as wife Dolley 4. Hermitage Hospitality from the Hermitage Library (home of Andrew Jackson) | A.J., another Francophile at least when it came to food, loved the dessert floating island 5. Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen: A Culinary View of Lincoln’s Life and Times by Rae Katherine Eighmey | Abe cooked! also enjoyed apples (and oysters) 6. Walter Jetton’s LBJ Barbecue Cook Book by Walter Jetton (Author), Paul Bacon (Illustrator) | LBJ: take a wild guess
Recently, while eating a salad at a nearby inn, we speared what we thought to be a particularly tiny (and cute) cherry tomato. It is winter after all, so this teardrop shaped guy could be the product of a local hothouse getting off to an early start. A bite, a burst of sweet tart and pleasantly crunchy seeds and we immediately knew this was not the case. What in the world?
Our server explained that the pickled fruits were called “sweety drops” but she had no idea where the chef had come across them. Time for some sleuthing.
Their distinctive shape proved useful in our search, leading to an image of the product and name of the distributor. We promptly ordered a jar and Daniel Sanchez of the Atalanta Corporation kindly answered our questions.
Sweety Drops were found in the Amazon and the seed was brought into another area of Peru to acclimatize to grow at sea level.
What are a They Exactly
The pepper grows in a plant that looks like a jalapeno or bell pepper.
Fun Facts or Use
The taste is sweet and a little spicy. The unique flavor allows the product to be utilized in desserts, pasta, sandwiches or just to make any dish colorful.
We’ll be using this versatile little ingredient in a recipe next week. There may be tequila involved.
Thanks, Daniel and also Luis Rozas from Gandules Inc SAC