Ater reading a delightful article on www.mapleweekend.com about the spinning, whirling helicopters (also called pollywogs) that fly off our maple trees in the springtime and clutter our yards, I have developed a newfound respect for them and what they produce. If you love maple syrup, chances are you won’t scoff again at these annoying little leaves. They produce maple sugar trees, which, in turn, produce maple sugar. Soon, the temperatures will start to rise as spring settles in and the maple sap will begin flowing from the 30-plus year old sugar maples.
Enjoy a family day trip this spring and enjoy all that our area has to offer during this SWEET time of year! Then return home and make some more sweet and nutritious memories by cooking up these maple treats.
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 or 2 scoops ice cream
- Soda water
Pour syrup into tall glass. Add ice cream and stir until semi-blended. Fill glass with soda water and serve at once with straw.
MAPLE GRAHAM SLAM
- 1 cup fat-free milk
- 6 graham crackers
- 1/4 cup non-fat dry milk
- 2 tbsp maple syrup f
6 ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Maple Dijon Chicken
You can make it inexpensively and in no time! 5- 10 in preparation and another hour cooking!
Serves: 4 – 6
- ¼ cup of any Dijon mustard
- 2 Tbsp “real” maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp good olive oil
- 2 tsp low sodium soy sauce
- 1 clove garlic minced
- ½ tbsp dried rosemary (you can use fresh, but you must double the amount and make certain you chop).
- 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Mix together the Dijon mustard, maple syrup, olive oil and soy sauce. Add the garlic and the rosemary.
- Spray or oil lightly an 8×8 inch casserole dish. Lay the chicken thighs in the dish so that they are very close to each other. Pour the mixture on top and then spread it around. Make certain the chicken is completely covered.
Bake the chicken thighs in the preheated oven for 45-60 minutes, or until they are golden brown on top.
Family Outing Plan Ideas
- Visit www.mapleweekend.com and listen as a family to the narrative about Maple Trees and Sugaring
- Take a day trip to the one or two of the local growers
- Purchase some of the real maple syrup available
- Plan and cook up a few wonderful memories