Recipes

Roasted Carrot Soup, Rib-Sticking Good

Roasted Carrot Soup, Rib-Sticking Good

The Pacific Ocean hugs our coast with a warming embrace, usually that is. But in a game of meteorological rock-paper-scissors, the arctic air mass always wins. Needless to say, I’ve been freezing my bejeepers off in a century-old farmhouse where warmth is more of a […]

Quince Chutney: Condiment with a Kick

Quince Chutney: Condiment with a Kick

Chutneys are one of those things I discovered late in life. A friend (with more culinary savvy than I) plunked a jar of Major Grey’s Chutney on the table to go with some cheese and rustic bread. The combo of cheddar, crust and chutney made […]

Bacon Bits on Demand

Bacon Bits on Demand

Bacon bits, bacon bits, right at my fingertips. Announcing she had something for me, Karen cracked open the farmhouse freezer like a back-room safe. Standing before the frosty shelves piled high with butcher-wrapped bricks of meat, she rifled around a bit, searching for my presumed […]

Plum Crazy for a Cake Called Buckle

Plum Crazy for a Cake Called Buckle

Plum buckle: a delicious marriage of cake and fruit Picking plums is its own reward. The trees are small, the fruit easily reached and sampling opportunities rampant. In addition to fresh eating, plums plate up in the kitchen as a versatile fruit, perfect for baking, […]

Peach Pie: How Do I Love Thee

Peach Pie: How Do I Love Thee

Slice of heaven… Peach pie how do I love thee, let me count the ways (With sincere apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning) I love thee to the depth and breadth and height of juicy fruit and tender crust. I love thee to the level of everyday’s […]

Frosting a Cookie That Takes the Cake

Frosting a Cookie That Takes the Cake

′Macaroon…schmack-a-roon, give me a graham cracker and butter cream frosting any day. One Great Cookie: Graham Cracker and Frosting When my mother made a birthday cake, she took it seriously (as did her kids). Layered and lovely, the cake bedecked and bedazzled a cake plate […]

Biscuits for Breakfast (Lunch and Dinner)

Biscuits for Breakfast (Lunch and Dinner)

Blissfully Basic (and Buttery) Biscuits Biscuits, biscuits, biscuits. Frontier food, nothing fancy, nothing fussy, as American as apple pie, this quick-bread staple of chuck wagons, truck stops and campsites everywhere is a magic mix of flour, milk, butter and leavening that is too delicious and […]

Sour Cream Raspberry Tart: Berry Dairy Delicious

Sour Cream Raspberry Tart: Berry Dairy Delicious

Buttery crust, creamy filling, berry goodness. Picture Perfect Summer Dessert Some of my favorite desserts are the least fussy. Who would argue that a bowl of berries and cream is not the perfect topper for a perfect summer day? (No one in this house, anyway.) […]

Jam Recipes: Five of My Favorites

Jam Recipes: Five of My Favorites

Jam recipes near and dear to my spoon… This time of year my pantry shelves buckle under the weight of stacked empty jam jars. They glistened under the light of the single bulb on the ceiling, and call to me, “Tom, Tom, get a move-on; […]

Corn Relish: Too Good Not to Make

Corn Relish: Too Good Not to Make

Homemade Corn Relish: Sun Rays in a Jar Corn is king in my side-dish kingdom. Chewy, sweet, creamy, golden and flavorful, what’s not to like? You can bake it, grill it, roast it, grind it and eat it right off of the cob, but today […]