Here are a few tasty snacks and appetizers for you to browse and try:

Recipe: Balsamic zucchini “chips” with garlic and almonds

The zucchini harvest has begun! I’m not yet regretting the 5 plants I popped in the ground planning for a summer of squash blossom quesadillas and my dream of edible flower pizza, but the season is young. No doubt in a couple of months I’ll find a monstrous zucchini or two hidden under the scarlet runner beans as in years past and have to do something drastic again.

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Easy scallion cakes (green onion cakes)

Scallion pancakes are really delicious – savory and tangy with a little bit of crunch from the fried bits. And they are relatively easy as well, they just take a little bit of time.

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Sweet potato and bacon biscuits à la Emeril Lagasse

A recipe for sweet potato and bacon biscuits are elegant, moist enough to eat plain, and quick and easy to make at home in under an hour. The recipe yields 18-24, so it’s an hour well spent. These freeze well and are super kid-friendly.

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Applesauce puffs in the wetlands

Students learn about food webs and food chains in the Watsonville Wetlands, and I remember that feeding kids’ bodies is just as important as feeding their minds. Includes a simple, kid-friendly recipe for Applesauce Puffs.

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Homemade soft pretzels

Too lazy to go to the grocery and get a box of frozen soft pretzels, we spent an afternoon experimenting with making them from scratch. It turns out homemade soft pretzels are not at all difficult and totally delicious – epecially when you spend the afternoon making them with your son. Come take a peek at our day and get the recipe to try yourself.

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Popcorn for posterity

Mark Bittman’s brown bag popcorn recipe. Make this all the time! You’ll save money, and it’s healthier and better for the environment than the pre-packaged kind.

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