Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Day 2 ~ Authors in Bloom Blog Hop & Another tasty recipe

I'm in the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop! 
Join 63 authors in a themed celebration of spring. The Grand Prize is an eReader plus a gift certificate, and each participating author is offering up something as well. It's a win win win! The winners will be chosen from comments left at each blog so be sure to leave your email address when you stop to share a few words with us.


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For today's post, I'm offering a savory version of the dandelion fritter. Whether you're new to wild harvests or just starting to munch your way through the weeds in your backyard, it's worth to repeat a few things. Some populations of plants are barely surviving due to competition by aggressive invaders and  mindless harvesting. Just because you can eat that native species, doesn't mean you should. It's best to just eat the weeds and leave the rest. The exotic species don't belong here anyway. **Before you start picking, be sure there are no pesticides or herbicides on the lawn. Be safe. Only pick where you know for sure.**

Dandelion Fritters
Uses 3 dozen medium to large sized dandelion flowers stripped of most of the green and stem. They’re at their freshest in the late morning when they first show their faces to the sun.

Savory Version

1 c Seasoned Italian breadcrumbs

¼ t. salt
¼ t. pepper
1 beaten egg
1 T. cold water
½ c. grated Parmesan cheese
½ c. flavorless oil for frying – could be canola, coconut, light vegetable oil
Extra Parmesan

Whisk egg and water together. Set aside. Combine crumbs, cheese,
salt and pepper. Mix well with a fork. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. With tongs or two forks, dip flower heads into egg mixture and then into cheese and crumb mixture. Carefully set coated blossoms in the hot oil. Remove when golden brown. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with more cheese if desired. If desired, this version goes well with dipping sauces such as marinara, Alfredo, or ranch.


My prize, seen below, are two flower-themed hand-enameled copper pendants crafted by a talented jewelry-artist friend of mine. They are one of a kind creations, no other pieces like them. I'm sorry to say my picture doesn't do them justice (new camera, old eyes). Their much prettier in person. Both are strung on black cords, the blue one has a hand-enameled copper bead.

After you've visited all the wonderful Authors in Bloom blogs, check out my main blog.
I'm posting an interesting topic a day through the alphabet in the month-long 


I'm also in the Let's Get Lucky Blog Hop starting April 12th.

 Boy am I busy!


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