Blueberry Pie

A delightful summer treat that boarders on divine – a crisp golden crust, full of plump juicy berries, and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.  The vanilla ice-cream is a must. After all, you need a canvas for the tangy, purple syrup that seeps out of every heaping scoop of this treasured dessert.  In…

Bourbon Butterscotch Cake

A moist cake with a delightfully buttery flavor – this is my new favorite yellow cake recipe.  I was aiming to make bourbon butterscotch blondies for a fundraising food auction, but I ran out of regular flour, had to improvise, and thus a new recipe was born.  I’ll get back to the blondies at a…

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…

Cheddar Biscuits

Elephant shaped buttermilk biscuits with cheddar cheese – perfect for dipping into soup, spreading with jam, or packing into school lunches. This recipe made over 3 dozen biscuits, but the quantity really comes down to the size and shape of your biscuit (cookie) cutter. Ingredients: 10 tbsp Butter 3 cups Flour 3 tsp Baking Powder…

Lila’s Fresh Cucumber Pickles

Growing up during the Great Depression my grandmother, Lila, was raised on thrifty, economical cooking.  The recipe below is one of those thrifty recipes that has survived being passed down through the decades due to its subtle, fresh flavors and easy preparation. This is not a recipe for traditional pickles, but a recipe for a…

Caramelized Onion and Brie Tarts

Onions caramelized until golden brown, studded with chopped rosemary, and layered with slabs of creamy brie, in a crunchy, warm, freshly baked tart shell. This recipe makes about 4 (4″) tarts or 1 large tart. Ingredients: 1 batch of homemade Pie Dough (this is a very versatile savory dough, that holds together well, and I…

Pork and Green Beans

One of my favorite stir-fry recipes – pork medallions sautéed with fresh green beans and garlic, and left to simmer in a soy and hoisin sauce. Ingredients: 1 lb Pork medallions fresh Green Beans (~ 3 cups full, I tend to eyeball it) 3 cloves sliced Garlic 1 tbsp Olive Oil 2 tbsp Soy Sauce…

Red Current Puffs

Now that I have made the Red Current Curd, in what new and creative ways can I use it? …Well, turn it into a Red Current Puff… of course…. The golden pâte à choux puffs are delightful templates for the delicately flavored yet velvety rich red current curd.  A light sprinkle of shredded coconut finishes…

Red Current Curd

I found some bright red currents at the grocery this past week, and I could not resist bring some home.  Then came the process of figuring out what to do with them.  I hit my jelly quota with the rose hip jelly I made earlier in the month, and while I thoroughly enjoyed the black…

Ciabatta with Chard, Salami, and Mozzarella

An easily assembled Italian inspired sandwich. Ingredients: Ciabatta Chard thinly sliced Salami (the black-pepper crusted salami gives the chard an additional kick) drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar slices of fresh Mozzarella Salt for seasoning Directions:  Sautee the chard, salami, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar until the chard is sufficiently cooked. Season the chard with salt…

Pickled Red Onions

A simple, easy to make garnish that will add a slight crunch, a sharp tang, an edge of sweetness, and a pop of color to your salads and sandwiches.  I like onions, but tend to avoid raw ones due to their potent aftertaste.  By pickling my onions I can garnish my food with them without…

Turkey Kofta

Healthy, easy, and fresh, turkey kofta are a summer favorite in my family – spiced turkey meatballs tucked into a warm and toasty pita alongside of fresh garden vegetables, creamy hummus, and pickled red onions – what’s not to like?  This is a Americanized version of a Middle Eastern classic. Ingredients for Turkey Kofta: 1…