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…

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…

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…

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…