Blackberry Galette

Blackberry Galette

Summer cooking should be fun and relaxed. It has been so hot and humid here that no one wants to spend hours in the kitchen—but the summer produce is at its height. Mouthwatering, sweet, and juicy.  The Saturday farmers’ market is bursting with local farmers showcasing berries, tomatoes, peaches and corn. How can you use all of those wonderful summer treasures and keep it easy?

A galette is one answer. It is the simplest, no-fuss way to enjoy all of the flavors without the hassle. A galette is supposed to look rustic—which means it should not look perfect. (Don’t you love French terms that sound gourmet but really are simple!) [Keep reading...]

Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler

It seems like clockwork each summer–fresh peaches equals pie or cobbler.

After visiting the farmers market and selecting the best peaches we could find it was definitely cobbler time. Lots of wonderful childhood memories pop into mind when the word cobbler is mentioned. You may look at this picture and say cobbler? I don’t think so. [Keep reading...]

Fresh Corn and Basil Salad

Corn salad photo

Each Saturday morning I am at the local farmers market. I have to be there. I love the fresh produce. I love every part of it—the flavor, the sights, sounds, people, everything.

It is amazing how the fresh offerings change week by week. One week there isn’t corn anywhere, and the next week, each stand is stacked high with fresh corn right from the garden. Or melons. Or lettuce or peppers or whatever. Oh, the difference a week makes. Then suddenly, that fruit or veggie you were counting on is gone and you have to wait a whole year. Sure the grocery store may have some, but not that really great, fresh, juicy flavor you love. [Keep reading...]

Guacamole

Guacamole #1

Certain foods just make more sense to make at home. Guacamole falls into this category. The ingredients go together in minutes and the taste is much fresher and doesn’t have that preservative-off flavor. There are many guacamole afficianodos who claim their recipe is the best and there are as many versions of this recipe as there are tortilla chips in the bag. [Keep reading...]

Sun Dried Tomato Pasta Salad

Sun Dried Tomato Pasta Salad

The Fourth of July means the summer is just about half over. Oh no! Where has it gone? I better set aside time to have fun and just enjoy the rest of this season. Do you want to join me? … [Keep reading...]

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Peanut Butter Kisses

Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t. Sound familiar? That is my relationship with peanut butter cookies. They don’t tumble from our cookie jar very many times a year, but when I crave peanut butter cookies, I must admit the appeal … [Keep reading...]

Summer Grilled Chicken with Roasted Tomatoes

Summertime—and in my dreams it is supposed to be lazy and easy. Why isn’t that always the case? Last week I was in North Carolina to attend a special wedding, then we took a couple days to explore the beauty and foods of Charleston, SC. Now home … [Keep reading...]

Ramen Noodle Salad

Ramen Noodle Salad

I’ve never understood folks who refuse to share their recipes with friends and family. This may sound funny coming from someone who writes recipes and receives $$ for those recipes, but let me explain. Food, family, friends and the kitchen … [Keep reading...]

Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions

caramelized onions

Stop! Do not push your slow cooker to the back of the cabinet just because summer is coming. Caramelized onions are one of my favorites, especially for summer cooking, and your trusty Crock Pot makes an easy-peasy big bunch. What do I do with … [Keep reading...]