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Today's recipe is a nice Summer to-go one for picnics
and those of us looking to eliminate the fast food butter
burgers and shakes from our lunches. These are nice because
they can be made ahead too. Scroll down to check out some
cool food facts in Marzee's Corner today there has to be
some you had no idea about too!

Enjoy!
Marzee

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RECIPE: SUMMER PITA POCKETS

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INGREDIENTS:
3 tbsp. balsamic or red wine vinegar
2 tsp. olive oil
1/4 cup fresh, chopped basil
1 small eggplant, sliced into thin rounds
1 zucchini, sliced thinly
1 yellow squash, sliced thinly
1 red pepper, sliced thinly
1 small red onion, sliced thinly
1/4 cup plain yogurt
2 tbsp. mayonnaise
1 tbsp. fresh, chopped basil
1 tsp. lemon juice

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Blend vinegar, oil and basil.
Add vegetables, tossing to coat. Place vegetables in roasting
pan and cook, stirring occasionally until tender, about 30
minutes. Whisk together ingredients for yogurt spread.
Spread yogurt mixture on pita halves, crusty rolls or focaccia
bread. Top with veggie mixture and serve.

Categories: Sandwiches, Summer




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INTERESTING SUMMER FOOD FACTS Did you know these?

1. Corn on the cob: Did you know that corn is the largest
crop in the United States? The origin of cultivated corn
is unknown, however.

2. Watermelons: Watermelons originally came from the Kalahari
Desert region in Africa, which is interesting because the
average watermelon is 92 percent water.

3. Peaches: During the mid-1980s, world peach production
totaled about 5.5 million metric tons per year. The highest
peach-producing countries were the United States and Italy.

4. Strawberries: The strawberry is actually a member of the
rose family. Each strawberry contains approximately 200 seeds.

5. Fresh fish: The first person to write in English about
using a fishing rod was Dame Juliana Berners, whose Treatyse
of Fysshynge wyth an Angle (1496) remained the basis of fishing
knowledge in England for 150 years.

6. Lemonade: President Rutherford B. Hayes's wife Lucy was
called Lemonade Lucy because she was a staunch advocate of
the temperance movement and would not serve strong drinks
at the White House.

7. Barbecue: The word barbecue comes from the Arawak word
barbakoa, meaning "frame of sticks."

8. Ice cream: One of the world's most popular desserts,
ice cream was most likely first created in China, around
2000 BC.

9. Tomatoes: Up until the mid-19th century, many cultures
thought the tomato was poisonous. Today tomatoes are one of
the most widely cultivated crops.

10. Potato salad: What's a cookout without potato salad?
Americans sure must eat a lot of it: The U.S. potato harvest
in 1999 yielded 21.7 million metric tons of potatoes!