Blueberry Muffins

It has slowly been dawning on me that baking a good blueberry muffin is an exercise in restraint.  While I battle with my instinct to tip just a little bit more of those juicy, scrumptious blueberries into my muffin batter, I have to constantly remind myself that blueberries have a high liquid content and adding…

Grilled Corn Salsa

Fresh, homemade salsa is an easy way to add a little bit of summer’s freshness to your barbecued meat.  All it takes is a little extra chopping and some beautiful, fresh tomatoes.  The sweetness of the corn is a good complement to the spiciness of the jalapeño, the tartness of the lime, and the freshness…

Grilled Pork and Pineapple Tacos

For years now, I have been navigating through the wasteland of unripened pineapples, and the only method I have found for circumventing this dire problem is to toss them onto a hot grill and caramelize them into mouthwatering perfection.  Pineapples are one of those funny tropical fruits (like bananas and papayas) that need to ripen…

Rose Hip Jelly Ice-Cream Sandwiches

A simple, delicious, and sweet summer treat using the some of the rose hip jelly I made earlier this week, salted-butter breakups, and vanilla ice-cream.  If you do not want to go through the hassle of making the jelly, use your favorite store-bought fruit jelly to brighten up your ice-cream sandwiches.  I have the feeling…

Rose Hip Jelly

Towards the end of July and in the early weeks of August when the rose hips, or beach plums, are starting to ripen into a bright orange-red, I can be found down by the beach harvesting a bucket full of them to bring home to turn into rose hip jelly – a decadent treat reminiscent…

Canning

Steps on how to preserve your summer bounty for the lean days of winter. I will not lie, when I first started canning food, I was terrified. What if I accidentally poisoned someone?  What if the jars over heat and exploded in the water bath? Luckily, as I continued my canning research I found a…

Savory Plum Tarts

I have been eyeballing this recipe all summer just waiting for the black plums to be in season so that I could finally try it out.  The wait, by the way, was worth it.  Tart, sweet, savory, and spicy, these tarts check all of the boxes, in one word – mouthwatering.  The few changes I…

Bookmark: Plain Weave

I wove this bookmark using a plain over, under weave.  Variations in the pattern occurred when I switched out colors or doubled my weft thread.  I used lace weight yarn that I dyed about a year ago.  The natural dyes I used in the coloring for these two yarn colors came from coffee (brown) and…

Almond Joy Iced Coffee

There is a wonderful coffee/donut shop along Massachusetts’ southern shore that serves up New England style iced coffees inspired by classic American candy bars.  Four hours, usually more due to Boston traffic, is a long ways to drive in order to get an iced coffee, no matter how good it is, so I have taken…