Sheron Cardin's Input...: Do you know what this is?

I have been an interior designer for over 27 years and I have always taught my clients the principles I used while decorating their home so they may enjoy decorating too. The home staging trend in residential real estate is a great way to reach more people every day and what I enjoy the most is they are learning the basics of good design through staging. It is my dream for every person to know the joy and pride of living in a decorated home.

Do you know what this is?

Mystery food

Just when I think I know it all (sure!) I discover something I never even questioned. Let's see if I am the last turnip to fall off the turnip truck...here are some clues;

  • We buy them in jars
  • They are used in Chicken Piccata
  • They are considered a gourmet food
  • Delicious with fish
  • Have a lemony flavor

I will post some fun ways to use this berry when one of you identifiies IT.

*** Photo taken from the Fresno Bee***

Namaste

Comment balloon 16 commentsSheron Cardin • August 07 2008 09:29AM

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I am going to go out on a limb here and say thaey are Capers.  If it is, I never knew (or thought) about what they came from...

Posted by -- Casey Brischle, Spokane Home Loan Mortgage Professional (Columbia Bank) about 9 years ago

Now that was too easy...yes, that is a caper berry and you can grow them yourself. There is a local farmer doing just that and I am going to look into it myself.

I will dig those 2 recipes out and post them later today.

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 9 years ago

The chiken Piccata, lemon flavor and delicious with fish gave it away!  I love all three of those things! :)

Posted by -- Casey Brischle, Spokane Home Loan Mortgage Professional (Columbia Bank) about 9 years ago

Sheron.. I'm not original here, and I guess it is NOT the right answer, because I do NOT see a recipe yet.  But I too thought it was capers.

Posted by Valerie Osterhoudt, ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889 (Johnson Real Estate, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Sheron, without your hints, I would have never guessed at capers.  It never occurred to me to even wonder where capers come from.  Now I'm going to google on capers and find out more.  Thanks.

Posted by Sallie Williams, REALTOR - MBA, Baton Rouge (Keller Williams Realty RED STICK PARTNERS) about 9 years ago

Caper butter -

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained

Using a wooden spoon or an electric mixer; soften the butter in a bowl. Add the capers and mix until well blended. Shape the butter into a log and wrap it in a plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

To use; cut off slices of the butter as needed.

Note: Cut off slices of this flavored butter to top poached or grilled fish, boiled potatoes, grilled asparagus, baked tomatoes or eggplant. You can also stir a slice or two into scrambled eggs and spread on toast.

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 9 years ago

Sheron you taught me something new here today.  I guess I never really thought about where capers come from - they just always show up in a jar in the supermarket.  I've never actually used them but will definitely try your caper butter the next time we have salmon.  Thanks for sharing.  Betty

Posted by Betty Haney (Haney Consulting) about 9 years ago

No clue at first I was going to say a milk weed pod, but then people don't eat them, butterfly's do!

Posted by Mary Strang about 9 years ago

Hi Betty - There is always something to learn...everyday.

Mary - now that is new to me...thanks.

Here is the recipe for my Toaster Oven Salmon for 2 or less that I fix 2 times a week and it is always delicious and fast...12 minutes from start to finish. be sure the broccoli is steaming before you put the salmon under the broiler and they will finish at the same time. A little garlic bread and you won't want desert.

2 salmon filets with or without skin (or one)

EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)

capers

lemon pepper

salt

wasabi

Cover the broiler pan that comes with your toaster oven with foil and lay your filets evenly. Drizzle EVOO onto the filets and spread with your fingers. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Scoop out capers with a fork and place 2 forks of capers on top of each filet.

Set the timer for 8 minutes (my toaster over is slow to start so have had to add 2 minutes...8 minutes may be all you need so start there)

Remove from oven and let stand for 2 minutes while you are plating.

Serve with your brocolli and garlic bread and a squeeze of wasabi on the rim.

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 9 years ago

Thanks for the Recipies Sharon!  Never thought of Caper Butter, but it makes sense!  I am on it this weekend!  Thank you!

Posted by -- Casey Brischle, Spokane Home Loan Mortgage Professional (Columbia Bank) about 9 years ago

Hi Casey - if you really want to impress, it is just as easy to make basil butter too. Have fun.

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 9 years ago

Never knew they grew like that.  Can't wait to see some recipes on how to use them.  I have used them in chicken picatta and thats about it.

Posted by Penny Florence about 9 years ago

Hmm, I would have guessed a pomegrante, didn't know capers came like that either.

Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) about 9 years ago

I'm with Cindy - I would not have guessed capers. But I do love them and chicken piccata!

Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) about 9 years ago

Hey all, I will get those 2 recipes posted as soon as I get a chance but don't you just love KNOWING where capers come from. They are growing them here in the valley and I may jump on the bandwagon...

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 9 years ago

I never saw Capers growing before - interesting.  They are hard to find here in the North.

Posted by Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals (Keller Williams Realty Professionals) over 7 years ago

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