Midwestern Cobb Salad

Midwestern Cobb Salad

Please tell me it happens to you too! Do you ever get in a salad rut? Where the same ole same ole just won’t fit the bill anymore. Sometimes, the antidote to this problem can be as simple as presentation. Shake it up a bit and go ahead and add more ingredients than you normally would. Take a few extra minutes and fry some bacon. Then present the salad in an artistic manner, set the dinner table and stand back. The ohs and awhs from your family will delight and dinner will be exciting once again. [Keep reading...]

Slightly Sweet Dill Refrigerator Pickles

Slightly Sweet Dill Refrigerator Pickles Photo I am a Farmer’s Market addict. I have to go each Saturday. I need to see what has ripened since my last visit. The colors, smells and ultimately the tastes of the market captivate me. I just bought tomatoes, blackberries, corn, zucchini, peppers, peaches and cucumbers. I love it all, but I was especially thrilled with the big baskets of small cucumbers that are perfect for pickles. I now officially declare it “Pickle Season.”

I don’t mean those pickles that take effort, brining, and weeks of fermentation. Nope. I mean quick, easy, and ready – tomorrow pickles. [Keep reading...]

Fresh Peach Pie

Peach Pie

Summertime conjures up so many fond memories both of activities and food.

You can’t recall past summers and not remember peaches. The rosy, ripe jewels and that juice that drips from your chin to your toes. Awh, yes, when peaches are ripe and at their peak their is no better memory.

My peach memory from the summer of 2014 will be the South Carolina peaches that I enjoyed on the beach last week. We vacationed on Seabrook Island and many days were devoted to beach life. It was a sweet treat to enjoy a peach from my beach chair and not worry about the drippy mess. When I finished enjoying my peach, the ocean beckoned and cleared away any juicy evidence. [Keep reading...]

Raspberry Shortbread Bars

Raspberry shortbread bars photo

I love to bake cookies. Some cookies, I feel, are just for Christmas, like my gingerbread cookies, but there are a special few that I bake all year long. They are beautiful on a holiday tray and yet taste equally wonderful on a hot summer day with a big glass of iced tea. The red raspberry preserves in this recipe shines through so they look pretty on a Christmas tray, yet the raspberry flavor shouts summer. Raspberry Shortbread Bars are a favorite of mine and are great all year long. [Keep reading...]

Pork Fried Rice

Fried Rice

Ahhhh summer time and the living is easy. Summer has been kind to us so far. Not too many days with extreme heat and yet plenty of heat for the herbs and garden. It still seems a sin to heat up the oven for dinner so we find many of our meals involve … [Keep reading...]

Cast Iron Skillet Cheese Fondue

Cast Iron Skillet Cheese Fondue photo

Summertime and casual evenings around the grill make a natural pair. Wine, grilling and eating outside are fun and relaxing to me. Sometimes it is just my hubby and me, and sometimes, the evening expands to include my daughters, friends and family. … [Keep reading...]

Praline Cookies

Praline Cookies

Have you ever tried the Praline Cookies in the Cafe at Nordstrom’s? Oh, trust me, you would remember if you had experienced this treasure. My top two picks from the Nordstrom cafe are of course, the Tomato Basil Soup and the Praline Cookie. Picture … [Keep reading...]

Roasted Beet and Carrot Salad Recipe

Roasted Beet and Carrot Salad Photo

The wonderful flavor is etched in my mind and I am craving a salad that it would be almost impossible for me to ever enjoy again. The setting was the Woodward Table in Washington DC and we were celebrating my daughter receiving her Master’s … [Keep reading...]

Traditional Snack Mix

Snack mix

I like to blog for many reasons, but one reason I enjoy this process is that I love the idea of having many of my favorite recipes in one place. When I want to pull from the tried and true, I can go to the blog and find our family favorites. Seems … [Keep reading...]