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…