Gretchen Schock shares her love of recipes, crafts and frugal living. She also speaks very opening about the challenges and triumphs of parenting a neurotypical child and a child on the Autism Spectrum. After a breast cancer scare in 2012, she decided to say goodbye to her nightly glasses of Chardonnay. It was time to get sober and live life with eyes wide open! The CocktailMom name remains, however with a new focus on healthy and authentic living.

7/12/2007

Crafty is Cool

Podcast lovers check out the main page of Itunes Podcast Directory this week because one of recommended categories this week is: Crafty is Cool. There are some great podcast listed there this week including CraftCast which I am listening to right now. Other interesting looking podcast that I haven't checked out yet but plan to include: Socks in the City and Knitcast. Please post a comment if you check one out and love it.

7/02/2007

The Great Garbanzo Bean Salad

Just in time for the 4th of July I offer up my favorite picnic side salad: The Great Garbanzo Bean Salad. You can make this salad in a variety of ways by switching the spices or adding pasta. Because the salad is made with oil and vinegar it has less of a chance of spoiling at a hot humid picnic. The other great bonus is that I usually make it completely vegetarian which always make a few non-meat eaters happy.

  • The Basic
  • 2 Cans of Chick Peas
  • 1 Cucumber halved length-wise and cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 medium red onion diced
  • 1 red, yellow, or green pepper (I like Red for color)
  • Pepper and Coarse Salt
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2-4 Tbsp.
  • Oil 1-3 Tbsp.
  • Red Wine Vinegar
Mix all vegetables together and then use as much or as little dressing as you want. The same goes for the Red Pepper Flakes.

  • Italian Version
  • Add 1 1/2 cup cooked tri-color pasta
  • And spice it with Oregano and Rosemary to taste

There are literally a million variations of this salad - I've used Spiced Vinegar or Balsamic to nice effect. I've added Parmesan cheese and home-made bacon bits. In a pinch I've even used Annie's Organic Dressings instead of oil and vinegar and eliminated the spices.

Happy Independence Day!

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