Grilled Asparagus Fontina Crostini Recipe

Grilled Asparagus Crostini Photo

Gooey melted cheese, smoky asparagus and mushrooms, and toasted baguette slices, hot off the grill. I think that is why I like summer appetizers. Pour the wine and just enjoy. Not that I sit and sup at such a leisurely pace every evening. No, far … [Keep reading...]

Mom’s Favorite Kabobs

Mom's Favorite Kabobs

Summer meals are a special treat at our dinner table. We take full advantage of the warm weather and grill most meals outside. By this time each summer we are beginning to tire of the favorites....no more burgers, brats, pork tenderloins, please. … [Keep reading...]

Marscapone Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake #1

It is a rare day when my extended family can all be together at the dinner table. We are scattered near and far, so get togethers outside of Christmas very seldom occur. Big news arrived a few months ago and we were all jumping with joy to learn that … [Keep reading...]

Perfect Pickles

Easy, great pickles photo

Pickles that are easy to make and taste fantastic. Pickles that are just sweet enough and just spicy enough--without waiting days for them to ferment or canning them properly. What a dream! So, go buy a jar you might suggest--but that just wasn't the … [Keep reading...]

It’s The Real Thing! Lemonade Recipe

It's the real thing, lemonade photo

When was the last time you tasted the real thing--lemonade that is refreshing, without a chemical taste and with just the right balance of sweet and tart? From the lemonade stand, to icy glasses at the fair or festival, to lazy days in the hammock, … [Keep reading...]

Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto

Summer evokes food rituals and traditions. Once such memory that always surfaces is the abundance of fresh basil and fresh mint from the garden or from the farmers’ market. If you do need to purchase basil or mint the price is reasonable and … [Keep reading...]

Strawberry Shortbread Bars

Strawberry Jam Bars

                                    Promise me that I am not the only one who makes baking decisions based … [Keep reading...]

Fresh pita breads

Fresh pita breads

Pita bread is a favorite of mine -- almost a blank canvas just waiting for luscious toppings. Yet pita bread that tastes like cardboard or one that cracks and rips when you try to fill the pocket is just not what I want. … [Keep reading...]

Grilled Shrimp and Vegetable Quesadillas

Grilling shrimp and vegetables photo

Summer evenings are glowing from hot grills, smoky aromas are drifting by and sizzling food is calling us to the table. It is grilling season for sure. Have I mentioned I look forward to grilling season? And somehow, Father’s Day just seems to … [Keep reading...]