- Great Taste - 20110420 - Pollinators and Matzah Brei - Now that's Topic Diversity!

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We've got happy shots adorning this week's blog post. The little guy on the left is taking his life's work of pollinating seriously as he checks out the bloom on a Meyer Lemon tree. It's pretty easy to forget about the role that pollinators play in bringing food to our table. The bottom line is that without them most of the vegetables and fruits we eat wouldn't grow. Wanda Sandfire and Sean Johnson have plenty to tell us about the critical role of pollination played by a diverse number of insects, animals, and natural forces is explained.  Tune in as they help us understand and explain how we can contribute positively to the pollinator world.

The other happy face is the guy with the two dishes of matzah brei. The Jewish holiday of Passover starts this weekend, so we'll cook up a version of this dish for everyone in the studio to try. My matzah crackers are in the oven right now. My sister gets the nod as the inspiration for making them, but I changed the ingredient contents. We'll check out how they turned out using this very simple method:Preheat oven to 500 degrees

Line a baking sheet with tin foil and place pieces of matzah on the sheet. Cover the surface of the tin foil as much as possible breaking up the matzah, if necessary.

Sprinkle cheddar cheese on the surface of the matzah, followed by a little garlic, thyme, salt, and minced chipotle chiles. Grate parmigiano reggiano over the top of the other ingredients.

When the oven reaches 500 degrees turn it off. Slide the baking pan into the oven and take it out eight hours later. Break the matzah into bite-sized bits.