Recipes

Peach Cake Recipe: A Peachy Version of Apple Cake

Peach Cake Recipe: A Peachy Version of Apple Cake

Peach Cake Recipe: moist, flavorful slices of summerMost cooks have a go-to recipe, one that never fails, one that they can make in their sleep, and one that garners rousing boo-yahs from the dinner guests (or at least happy sighs and polite acknowledgements).  For me, […]

Recipe: My Favorite Garden Fresh Summer Gratin

Recipe: My Favorite Garden Fresh Summer Gratin

Too much zucchini…crookneck squash? Do I have a recipe for you! One of my favorite summer dishes, a garden-fresh gratin, is an adaptable recipe based on what vegetables are readily available and preferred by you and yours. Simply saute what you like, for me that’s […]

Pickled Sweet Cherries…Who Would Have Thunk?

Pickled Sweet Cherries…Who Would Have Thunk?

I shall take no credit for the inspiration of pickling sweet cherries. My friend Julie brought the possibility to my attention in a Facebook lament.  And as the woman who introduced me to shrimp and grits, and the artery-clogging wonder called “Hot Brown” I will […]

Recipe: Asparagus Tips in a Pickle

Recipe: Asparagus Tips in a Pickle

Consider the Asparagus pickle… As a child, the only asparagus, available at the local A&P resided in a tin can of questionable intent. They called it a food item, a vegetable, but any man, woman or child brave enough to open the lid to that […]

Best Vinaigrette to Grace a Salad Green

Best Vinaigrette to Grace a Salad Green

Best Vinaigrette for any green salad Simple salad heaven: vinaigrette drizzled over arugula and kale I’ve traveled a circuitous culinary path in seeking vinaigrette variations of note, tasting and rejecting as many as I’ve enjoyed in the salad bar of life. My first venture into […]

How to Make Creamy Potato Leek Soup

How to Make Creamy Potato Leek Soup

Potato Leek Soup – Creamy Goodness A leek is an extra-special onion. I have crop envy. My pals at Island Meadow Farm grow leeks the size of lodge poles . Joe and Celina from Sun Island Farm offer up tender baseball-size turnips with the sheen […]

Worthy Recipe: Apple Berry Crumble Pie

Worthy Recipe: Apple Berry Crumble Pie

Apple Berry Crumble PieIf forced to choose one dessert for the rest of my life, chances are I would respond with pie, and if I sensed leniency and wiggle room for negotiation, I’d insist on pie and ice cream. Sure, each can stand on its […]

Lemon-Pineapple Marmalade: Recipe for a Rainy Day

Lemon-Pineapple Marmalade: Recipe for a Rainy Day

Lemon-Pineapple Marmalade  I’m not sure what the impetus is, perhaps a Northwest sky determined to drop a snow-rain mix, or one too many Facebook friends sharing albums of tropical beaches, but I need a little sunshine. Not a lot mind you, but just enough to jump start […]

Kitchen Tip: Don’t Get Burned by the Phone

Kitchen Tip: Don’t Get Burned by the Phone

I’m pretty handy in the kitchen, but grand failures do occur, especially when I add a heaping spoonful of distraction to the recipe. So let my burnt rock hard candied orange peels be a lesson. When the phone rings, turn off the burner. My new […]

Spreading the Chestnut Love

Spreading the Chestnut Love

Autumn’s bounty: a bowlful of chestnuts, a tabletop of squash I have a thing for chestnut trees; let me count the ways. I love the tasty nut and the porcupine casing that protects it. I love the tree’s reaching habit and stately form. I love […]