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May - Regional Dishes 
Jun. 11, 2013 9:24 am 
Updated: Jun. 14, 2013 6:53 am
This Month!
June’s theme: Find a recipe that you specifically associate with summer - one you haven’t cooked before.  Send a picture and a review to by June 30.
May’s Theme was… Try a recipe that is especially popular to your region (or using an ingredient associated with your region). 
Cook:  bd.weld
Region:  Southern California
Avocado & Tuna Tapas
Review:  Awesome! Made this as written and it turned out perfect. The balsamic vinegar puts it over the top. Definitely a keeper. You can make this with chicken as well.
About This Dish:  Since Southern California is abundant with avocados, I found this recipe and the results were great.
Recipe 2:  Grilled Guacamole
Grilled Guacamole
Review:  Perfect! What a great idea, grilling the avocado. At first I didn't think there was enough jalapeno but it turned out great. The only thing I changed was that I use diced romas in place of the cherry tomatoes. [Let them blister a bit on the grill.]  Thank you, maddysmom. This will go into my TNT folder. 
Cook:  Jacolyn
Region:  New York
Glazed Apple Cake
Review:  This recipe was delicious! The cake is moist, and the apple/spice/apricot topping was perfect! I will definitely serve this again with a small change to the cake batter. The cake layer was a little bland, so next time, I will add a few dashes of vanilla and possibly a little extra cinnamon to the batter.
About This Dish:  New York City is known as “The Big Apple,” although popularized because of horse racing, and New York State is known for its apple production.  In fact, it is the second largest apple producing state in the U.S.  Every fall, my husband and I go apple picking.  There are many apple orchards to choose from.  We joke about it, because we drive an hour away to go to a specific apple farm, but we pass apple orchards every few minutes on the way there.
Cook:  Lela
Region:  Pueblo, Colorado
Review:  Two years ago, I ran across an excellent potica recipe from a cookbook called Ciao Colorado by Phyllis Senatore Newton.  The potica is easy for one person to make and a lot less complicated then my mom's potica. It may not have as many layers as my mom's, but it still a very good potica. The bread takes two days from start to finish.  I made 7 loaves and gave most of the loaves away for Christmas. My three brothers had smiles from ear to ear when I gave them a loaf of potica for Christmas. I know they liked the bread because their wives said the bread didn't last one day. 
About This Dish:  Potica, the Slovenian bread known in some areas as povitica, kolachi or nutbread is a very popular bread in my hometown of Pueblo, Colorado. It is a yeast bread filled with large amounts of nuts, honey, and butter. The dough is rolled very thin and then rolled up jellyroll style. Raisins, walnuts, or pecans are usually included in the nut roll.  I have made potica usually for Christmas. Every year before Christmas, my mom would get out the potica cloth. She would spread the cloth on the kitchen table, sprinkle with flour and then the dough would be placed on the cloth. There was a lot of rolling and stretching of the dough, which took two people to make the nut filled delicacy. When my mom passed away, I didn't make potica for a very long time, because I thought it a laborious process that could only be made with two people.  If you are curious how potica is made-  please check out this interesting site with photos. 
Cook:  Sueb
Region:  Alabama
Delicious Gluten-Free [Dewberry] Corn Muffins
Review:  This makes more than 12 muffins, so I had a few extras (not that I minded). I used 1/4 cup honey in place of the sugar, and eliminated the vinegar. This is dewberry season (a wild growing vine filled with small fruit similar to blackberries), so I used them in place of blueberries. Yum!
About This Dish:  Dewberries grow wild on thorny vines. In April, we see small white flowers on the vines, by May the berries are ready to harvest.  Looking like blackberries, dewberries are dark when ripe.  Before moving to Alabama, I had never heard of dewberries, but they probably grow in other southern states as well.  I am trying to stay away from wheat products, and was delighted to find this recipe.  I substituted the dewberries for the blueberries and had a delightful breakfast treat!
Jun. 11, 2013 9:39 am
Oh YUM!! You all did a great job, nice pictures from everyone! I want to try everything!
Jun. 11, 2013 10:00 am
I love avocado's but that potica knocked me out! And. . .if I get any berries I may try that muffin :) Good Job *clapping*
Jun. 11, 2013 10:06 am
That potica does look awesome. Anything that has cornbread in the title has to be good and to add berries, yum.
Jun. 11, 2013 10:09 am
Everything looks delicious...great job, gang!
Jun. 11, 2013 10:33 am
Thank you, everyone! I do enjoy seeing what everyone makes each month. It always gives me great ideas too!
Jun. 11, 2013 12:04 pm
Lovely job! Those avocado dishes look awesome! But then so did everything else!
Jun. 11, 2013 1:07 pm
Everything looks so delish! I just want to take a big bite out of that big ole muffin. I totally forgot about this the past month...guess I've been too busy in the garden.
Jun. 11, 2013 2:05 pm
Jaclyn, you did a great job with the posts! The recipes all look great, and I loved the stories that went with them.
Jun. 11, 2013 2:09 pm
Jacolyn, sorry for the wrong spelling of your name!
Jun. 11, 2013 7:16 pm
I enjoyed reading everyone's take on a regional dish. Brian, I will have to try grilled avocados. Great photos, Brian. Jacolyn, your apple cake looks wonderful. SueB, a dewberry corn muffin looks great. Jacolyn, a great job on your blog!
Jun. 11, 2013 10:23 pm
Oh my, everything looks so good. I had full intentions of doing a submission on fresh fish since the party boats come in right here but I didn't get there early enough to get two kinds of fish. I used my cod for a grilling recipe. I'll try again next month. I saved your apple cake recipe, we love apple cake.
Jun. 12, 2013 10:22 am
Thanks, Cat Hill. I too was admiring the avocado dishes. It inspired me to make avocado this summer. Something I have never done before.
Jun. 12, 2013 10:29 am
Sherri, what type of garden do you have? Also, thank you for the compliments!
Jun. 12, 2013 10:31 am
Sueb, your muffins looked awesome! I have never even heard of dewberries, so thank you for introducing them to me. I enjoyed reading about them.
Jun. 12, 2013 10:38 am
Thanks, Lela! It's been fun seeing all of your great photos each month! Can't wait to try potica for the first time!
Jun. 12, 2013 10:41 am
Hi BigShotsMom, I saw your grilled cod photo, and that must have been tasty! The apple cake that I made was good (especially with whipped cream!) Just make sure you add some vanilla or spice to the cake part. :)
Jun. 13, 2013 2:56 pm all looks delish!
Jun. 14, 2013 6:53 am
Thanks, Mauigirl!
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