On a whim, I sought out a pick-your-own farm near where we live because I have been craving fresh blackberries. They are plentiful in the produce section at the supermarket right now, but those aren’t the berries that make dreams come true. Last summer I picked wild blackberries in Washington State on the side of the road near my great-aunt’s home. They were some of the best I’ve ever eaten. A few weeks ago we found […]
Tomato Zucchini Bisque with Pistou
Caputo’s Market provided the Gruyere for use in this recipe. I always go there when I’m looking for high-quality cheeses to use in my cooking. This was my first attempt at creating deceptively delicious food for my kids. And you know what? It totally worked. They didn’t even suspect that the zucchini they claim to hate was not only in their soup, but being enjoyed and slurped down hungrily. When I tell you that […]
Gluten-Free Custard Tart with Summer Fruit
In honor of Julia Child’s 100th birthday, I’m sharing my take on a classic French tart. My custard tart is a little over-the-top maybe, but it’s definitely worth the multiple steps and extra ingredients. ;) My Summers with Julia When I was a kid in the 90s and home all summer, I would often watch PBS during the day. That was in the days when Baking with Julia was on repeat and I could watch […]
Recipe For Garden Vegetable Breakfast Hash
I picked up my CSA share from La Nay Ferme on Thursday and it was huge. We have some veggies from our garden and our neighbor’s garden, and now all of the CSA goodies. I’m in heaven. It’s so much easier to eat healthy when you are stocked up with fruits and veggies. With the plethora of fresh veggies in my kitchen, I decided that I wanted to recreate a dish I had at Guru’s […]
Zucchini Casserole for National Zucchini Day
It’s National Zucchini Day! I wanted to share my new favorite way to eat zucchini with you. I made this over the weekend for a quick, healthy summer meal that our family really enjoyed. I’ve been waiting all summer for my garden to produce zucchini. A few weeks ago I saw one rather small zucchini on the plant surround by many blossoms. I couldn’t wait any longer and I picked it. It was so good. […]
Provolone Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Arugula-Oregano Pesto
Sometimes I say to myself, “Really? You’re going to post this on your blog? Something people don’t really need a recipe for?” And I say answer, “Yes. I am. Because you never know. And it’s really, really tasty. And look how pretty it is!” So here’s a recipe for a grilled cheese sandwich. :) My family goes crazy for pesto. I can’t remember the last time I just made plain old basil pesto. Probably since […]
Gluten-Free Baked Gnocchi with Oregano-Chive Pesto and Slow Roasted Tomatoes
I haven’t been to the store to buy groceries for a few weeks. Picking up fresh produce from La Nay Ferme has spoiled me. I’ve also been spending a lot of time in my little garden anticipating the days that are coming soon–the days when I’ll run outside, grab some zucchini and tomatoes and throw dinner together in a flash. Even my children look forward to those simple dinners. This dinner isn’t quite so simple, […]
Vegetable Garden at Colonial Williamsburg
Did you miss me last week? I went on a last minute trip to Williamsburg, Virginia and it was soooo much fun. I’ve always wanted to visit Colonial Williamsburg, but we never made it down there when we lived on the East Coast. Candace and I were walking down the street and I saw this garden and told her we had to stop. I’m just starting to resurrect my garden at home, so I was […]
My Strawberry Patch.
My favorite thing about June is strawberries from my little patch. They are so small and juicy. I take the kids out with me in the morning and we pick the ripest berries. The first round of berries is finished, so now we’ll wait until late summer for another crop. I’ve been eating them every morning with raw oats and coconut milk. I love summer.
Herb Flower Arrangements.
Our very wet Spring has left my garden plum full of lush herbs. They are about to overtake the rest of the garden. I’ll never use them fast enough in my cooking. One of my favorite ways to take use herbs is in flower arrangements. I’m no Martha, but this is something I’ve enjoyed doing for the past few years. It looks pretty and smells fantastic. And they last a long time. The tall purple […]