A Dash of Red

My latest summer fruit smoothie blend, this lush, velvety red mixture is full of sweet, plump cherries, succulent raspberries, and tart cranberries blended together with luscious, antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice. Ingredients: 1 handful frozen Raspberries 1/2 handful frozen Cranberries a large handful of frozen Cherries a Banana 1 cup Pomegranate Juice 1/4 – 1/2 cup Water…

Pastel de Tres Leches

Pastel de Tres Leches or three milks cake is a personal favorite of mine, and has, surprisingly, not made to onto this blog yet.  Shocker! and past time to remedy that.  Tres Leches is a light sponge cake that gets soaked through with a mixture of evaporated milk,  sweetened condensed milk, and heavy cream.  How…

Sloppy Joes

During her life time, my Grandma Lila cracked the code to the perfect Sloppy Joe.  No fancy add-ins.  Just four basic ingredients: ground beef, onions, ketchup, and mustard.  That was it.  I have tweaked her recipe slightly in the years following her death.  The biggest change being the use of ground turkey instead of the…

Olive Focaccia

Focaccia is relatively easy to make, as it requires no kneading and only a few simple ingredients.  Focaccia also travels well, and retains it’s flavor and texture when served at room temperature.  I made this latest loaf for a boating picnic, and dressed it up with black olives – a personal favorite. Ingredients: 4 1/2…

Starfish Earrings

I spent a few days last week at the beach, hence, the lack of blog updates, but it brought to mind a project I did a couple of years ago for a beachside craft fair – crochet Starfish Earrings.  It’s a great little crochet project.  These quirky earrings are lightweight and perfect for some summer…

Pickled Sweet Corn Salad

Lightly pickled sweet corn in a honey dijon vinaigrette with small cubes of salty feta, sweet bell peppers, and freshly picked chives.  A simple summer salad, that would probably qualify more as a starchy side then an actual salad, but is still a lovely accompaniment to any summer meal.  A lighter alternative to the more…

Blueberry Crisp

Another summer fruit crisp.  I did strawberries a couple of weeks ago.  This week it’s time for some blueberries.  They are not quite in season around here yet, but they are starting to appear on the supermarket shelves, probably shipped up from Florida or California.  I can’t wait for blueberry pie season! Yum yum yum……

Coconut Frappuccino

Iced coffee season is back!  Here is a homemade, dairy-free version of a coconut frappuccino that combines frozen coconut and coffee into a delightful blended summer  drink that’s somewhere between a coconut smoothie and an iced coffee. Ingredients: 1/2 cup frozen Coconut flesh (if you can find fresh coconut to use, that would be great,…