The Art of the Kale Shake

Why take multi vitamins throughout the summer months when you can sit down and drink a refreshingly sweet and tangy kale shake?  My sister and I have been experimenting with kale shakes for several years now, and we have come up with a formula of three basic ingredients that seem to be the key to…

Cherry Cornmeal Quick Bread

I have a single cherry tree in my backyard that produces bright red, tart cherries for about one week each year.  I love tart cherries.  Even though the yield is low and pitting cherries can be a lot of work, I anticipate that one week of the summer when the cherries are ready to be…

The Herb Garden

My summers are a often spent in a constant state of transition – one week here, one week there, an other few days here, a couple day back there again – you get the idea, and my gardening tends to reflect this repeated stage of flux.  Luckily Vermont tends towards the rainier side of things…

Grilled Potatoes with Chard

This au gratin inspired dish is arranged into a potato rosette, sitting on a bed of sautéed chard and mushrooms, and sprinkled with a sharp cheddar cheese.  It falls short of being an au gratin since the top of the dish will not brown on the grill, but its rich cheese and potato flavors mimic…

Raspberry Iced Tea

Raspberry iced tea has been my summer beverage of choice for several years now.  Unfortunately, I have a slight food sensitivity to blackberries, and I have found that most store bought brands of raspberry iced tea do not always differentiate between raspberries and blackberries in their flavorings.  After a few blackberry related incidences, and a…

Wind River Range, WY

I spent last week camping at the foot of the Wind River Mountain Range near Pinedale, Wyoming.  My family has been holding annual reunions there since the early 1970s.  It had been several years since I was last able to attend one, but I was excited to make it this year (although there will be…

Grilled Red Pepper Chicken

A simple summer meal – chicken that has been marinated in a roasted red pepper dressing and then grilled.  The sweetness of the peppers presents a nice contrast to the briny Spanish olives and the fresh bite of the parsley.  The marinade also helps the chicken stay moist throughout the grilling process. Grilled Red Pepper…

Fried Cheese and Egg Breakfast Sandwich

Ingredients: 1/4 cup grated Cheddar Cheese (a thickly grated parmesan also works well) 1 Egg non-stick Oil Spray a toasted and buttered English Muffin a handful of Baby Spinach (Optional) Salt and Pepper for seasoning Directions: Heat up a frying pan.  I like to use a cast-iron skillet, but if you have a good non-stick…

Tahini Chocolate Iced Coffee

I saw a recipe for an Iced Tahini Mocha, and decided to create my own version of it.  I find iced expresso to be nothing short of coffee sacrilege – you may as well drink water with brown food coloring in it – gone is the bold coffee flavor and in its place is a…

Grilled Spinach Pie

A rustic spinach, egg, and cheese pie that has been baked on the grill.  You may be picking up on a pattern here – I will try to grill just about anything during the summer months to cut back on the indoor heat.  My spinach plants have also started to take over the garden, and…

Bookmark: White, Sky Blue, and Navy

A bookmark to match the white, sky blue, and navy mug mat. Materials: Small Loom Weaving Needle Embroidery Needle Lace Weight (0) Yarn or worsted Embroidery Thread White Sky Blue Navy Scissors Wrap: 24 strands of a light – lace weight (0) white yarn: triple wrap 8 notches to fit all of the strands onto…

Tart Lemon Bars

I love lemon bars, but I rarely make them.  Baking lemon bars tends to fall into that baking category of slightly more time consuming and a little bit more work.  Squeezing lemons is also not the most enjoyable of baking tasks, but it is great for discovering small paper cuts and there is always that…