Gary Chapman, PhD theorizes that there are five ways most people “speak” love. They are:
1. Words of Affirmation
To be verbally acknowledged
2. Quality Time
To enjoy companionship
3. Receiving Gifts
To be given tokens of love
4. Acts of Service
To have their partners do tasks for them
5. Physical Touch
To be in contact via the body
Explore more about the “5 Love Languages.”
Makes 12 pinwheels
- 3 zucchini, sliced lengthwise into 4 thin slices
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- ½ cup ricotta
- ¼ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
Heat a grill pan or broiler. Brush zucchini with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Broil the zucchini on each side until tender. Mix the ricotta together with the parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread 1 tablespoon of the mixture on each zucchini slice, roll up, and secure with a toothpick. Chill until ready to serve.
Not a zucchini fan? Try skinny Japanese eggplant instead.
Makes 24 pieces
- 24 dates, pitted
- 4 oz. blue cheese crumbles
- 12 thin slices nitrate-free bacon, cut in half crosswise
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Make a lengthwise slit in each date with a paring knife and open just enough to stuff in ½ teaspoon of blue cheese. Wrap each date with a bacon slice and secure with a toothpick. Bake in the oven until the bacon is crisp and browned, about 10 to 12 minutes. Drain the dates on a paper towel for a few minutes. Serve warm.
You may also want to try these succulent little bites with dried figs instead of dates.
Grilled Sweet-Potato Rounds with Chorizo.
Substitute tempeh for the chorizo to make the perfect vegetarian bite.
Makes 12 rounds
- 1 pound sweet potatoes, sliced crosswise into ½-inch-thick rounds
- 1 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ can refried black beans
- ¼ cup minced roasted red bell peppers
- ¼ cup minced cured Spanish chorizo
- Zest and juice of one lime
- ½ cup grated queso fresco
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and heat a cast-iron grill pan. Brush the sliced sweet potatoes with olive oil and grill about one to two minutes on each side. Heat the refried beans with the bell peppers, chorizo, and lime zest and juice until warm. Top each grilled sweet-potato slice with about 1 tablespoon of the chorizo mixture and some of the grated cheese. Arrange on a baking sheet and heat in the oven until cheese is softened.
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The rising incidence of gluten intolerance is often attributed to the predominance of high-gluten dwarf wheat in the U.S. market.
For those who don’t have full-blown celiac disease, ancient strains of wheat are often much easier to digest. Sunrise Mill makes its flour from Turkey Red, a variety that the founders (also die-hard bakers) believe is the best ancient wheat for making bread.
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