Category Archives: summer

basil plum cocktial

Basil Plum Cocktail

October 12, 2021

basil plum cocktial

Basil tastes lively right up until that first chilly night, when wilted leaves the next morning means revival is futile.  Likewise, the time for stone fruits is over until next year. Basil Plum Cocktail, with fruit infused vodka and basil simple syrup, is our goodbye to autumn warmth . Continue reading

closeup of smoky tomato corn soup

Smoky Tomato Corn Soup

september 14, 2021

closeup of smoky tomato corn soup

 

September is the last hurrah for locally grown corn. The sweetness, the crunch, the flavor are all best in the summer months. However, corn products can be enjoyed all year long, like polenta and grits. I feel ready to bid adieu to fresh local corn and welcome autumn fruits and vegetables. This Smoky Tomato Corn Soup lingers in your memory as a late summer best. Continue reading

closeup of lime basil cantaloupe salad

Lime Basil Cantaloupe Salad

august 31, 2021

closeup of lime basil cantaloupe salad

Technically, this Lime Basil Cantaloupe Salad is a fruit salad. Both tomato and cucumber are also fruits, as is the lime in the vinaigrette. The salad is savory enough, however, that you can please those with palates avoiding sweets. Continue reading

Blueberry Lemon Pudding Cake

july 20, 2021

bowl of blueberry lemon pudding cake

Julia Child introduced us to clafoutis, the fruit dessert that is both cakelike and soft as pudding. The easy method to this dessert lends itself to employing all manner of seasonal fruits.Like stone fruits in Nectarine Almond Cake. Blueberries are plump and sweet this summer, so let’s get to baking. Continue reading

bacon tomato potato salad

Bacon Tomato Potato Salad

july 6, 2021

bacon tomato potato salad

Normal kids ate sandwiches for lunch during summer vacation. This kid scrounged around for ingredients in the family kitchen. Then I moseyed out to the back garden for ripe tomato and  cooked up this Bacon Tomato Potato Salad. Continue reading

closeup of beyond meat stuffed shells

Beyond Meat Stuffed Shells

june 15, 2021

closeup of beyond meat stuffed shells

Last week I pulled some chili from the freezer for a desperation dinner (nothing fresh and no desire for carryout). The chili had several types of beans and vegetables and Beyond Meat burger crumbles. It occurred to me that not one soul could have noted the difference between the plant based meat and the real thing. It’s that good. Continue reading

slice of rhubarb poppyseed cake

Rhubarb Poppy Seed Cake

june 1, 2021

slice of rhubarb poppyseed cake

Homemade cakes got extra attention when I was growing up. We were a dessert family; store bought cakes showed up occasionally, but when mom made her own, we felt the love. Even when the cakes were lopsided, partially frosted or just plain plain, they were always better than anything we purchased. Continue reading

closeup basil caesar dressing

Basil Caesar Dressing

may 19, 2021

closeup basil caesar dressing

 

The first tender basil leaves taste like summer. Basil finds its way into many a spring and summer meal, like with Basil Buttermilk Soup and Coconut Basil Lemonade . This Basil Caesar Dressing is one way to stretch the basil enjoyment all season long. It keeps well in the fridge for several weeks and a little dollop goes a long way. Continue reading

strawberry shrub gin cocktail

Strawberry Shrub Gin Cocktail

may 5, 2021

strawberry shrub gin cocktail

Strawberries are in season. It’s time to add them to salads, desserts, breads and beverages. This Strawberry Shrub Gin Cocktail has the makings of a tasty mocktail with just the shrub base. Add to gin or a favorite spirit for a delightful seasonal cocktail to start your outdoor entertaining. Continue reading

clementine honey iced tea

Clementine Honey Iced Tea

march 23, 2021

clementine honey iced tea

 

I want to break my dependence on single serving beverages. I get thirsty when I’m running errands so I  grab an iced tea at the store.  Aluminum cans and glass bottles are more readily recyclable than plastics, which I try to avoid, but I’m still contributing small containers to the huge pool of Things That Must Be Recycled. Most iced tea brands use plastic packaging; many recent articles inform us that only a small fraction of plastics are actually recycled and repurposed. Continue reading