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 [...]

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 [...]

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?

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 and back to a busy work schedule as [...]

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 caramelized onions? Let me count the ways. Top grilled burgers. Grilled [...]

Strawberry Hand Tarts

Strawberry Hand Tarts

Is it time for strawberry shortcake? Or strawberry pie? Or just eating strawberries fresh, one after another? Yes to all of these, but one mark of the strawberry season for me is a batch of strawberry hand tarts.

Fire Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Almonds

Fire Roasted Brussels Sprouts photo

Do you love Brussels sprouts? It seems people either love ‘em or hate ‘em. This recipe is the reason I love them.

Glazed Orange Pound Cake Recipe

Glazed Orange Pound Cake Photo

I suddenly had an obsession for a cake out of my past and realized it was perfect for this time of year. So, I baked it, loved it and then I could hardly wait to share it with you. For some reason, citrus flavors like orange and lemon are great flavors when the weather cannot [...]

Balsamic Vinaigrette and Caramelized Pecans

Balsamic Dressing and Caramelized nuts photo

Hallelujah spring! I think you have finally broken through the barriers of winter and at least in my neighborhood, you are here to stay. Even people who say they don’t eat seasonally will probably agree it is time to step away from the stews and toss a fresh salad. Do you make your own salad [...]

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Photo

It is funny how we are captured by tastes from our past. They seem to never leave us, even when we push them aside. Pineapple upside down cake is one of those ghosts from my past. Long past.