Tomato Soup

I am still harvesting tomatoes from my garden on an almost daily bases, and my countertops are overcrowded by bowls filled with fresh tomatoes just waiting to be devoured.  Now that the weather has turned, and our days are gradually becoming cooler, it seemed like the ideal time to make a large batch of homemade…

Fresh Salsa

I have been harvesting tomatoes and jalapeños this week, which means, it is time for some homemade salsa.  The only two ingredients in this recipe that do not come from my garden are the red onion and the salt.  Fresh salsa is one of the easiest things to make, especially with a food processor, and…

Natural Sun Ink

I have been skimping on the craft posts lately, mostly, because I have been busy with large scale outdoor projects like painting decks and refinishing lawn furniture.  It’s the time of year to spend time enjoying the outdoors, and finding projects, like this one, that reflect that.  I have been playing around with natural, non-toxic…

Baked Green Tomatoes

Tart and tangy green tomatoes crusted in shredded parmesan cheese and served with aioli – a healthier version of a southern classic. Ingredients: 2-3 sliced Green Tomatoes 2 Eggs 3 tbsp Milk 1 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese 1/4 cup Cornmeal Salt and Pepper for seasoning Aioli for serving (optional)(1/4 Mayonnaise and 2 cloves of crushed…

Cucumber Tzatziki

My garden cucumbers are ready to be harvested.  A good thing, since I am hoping that most of them will outgrow the blight that is starting to spread onto some of the older leaves.  With Vermont’s short growing season I can usually get away with this.  The blight rarely has the opportunity to encompass the…

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…

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…

Annuals

As part of my Mother’s Day gift each year I plant the summer annuals.  While my Mom enjoys the annual flowers, she does not particularly care for coordinating or planting the annuals.  So each year I plant three window-boxes, a couple hanging baskets, and a couple deck planters for her. I have learned that the…

Tulips

Tulips or Tulipa Each Fall, when the time for spring bulb planting comes around, the age long question of to plant tulips? or not to plant tulips? careens around in my head.  In my rational mind, I’m thinking, ” fat, well feed, chipmunks” and “they’re not likely to come back next year,” but then I…