Greek Garden Veggie Salad with Grilled Corn

This salad is a perfect summer side (or a meal in itself). . . . → Read More: Greek Garden Veggie Salad with Grilled Corn

“In My Kitchen” August 2018

Update on new job…some garden produce…and quite a few epic failures….That’s my kitchen for this month. . . . → Read More: “In My Kitchen” August 2018

Mango-Chai Lassi and The Art of Inheriting Secrets

An American countess, a mysterious inheritance, a hot younger guy and an Indian beverage….Want to know how these are all connected? . . . → Read More: Mango-Chai Lassi and The Art of Inheriting Secrets

Mango Cake with Coconut Topping

I recently posted a terrific and marvelous and delicious and life-changing baked bean recipe that we made up for the Fourth of July.   Today I am featuring another recipe that I made when family was visiting earlier in the month.

Last summer we traveled to Iowa to spend the Fourth with my sister and her . . . → Read More: Mango Cake with Coconut Topping

Raw Butternut Squash Salad with Ginger & Raisins

Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! DELICIOUS! . . . → Read More: Raw Butternut Squash Salad with Ginger & Raisins

Jalapeno-Berry Jelly

Getting lots of peppers from the garden? Here’s a delicious way to use up the surplus. . . . → Read More: Jalapeno-Berry Jelly

Fourth of July Baked Beans (after the fact)

I did not get this shared in time for the Fourth, but it is definitely a worthy recipe to share NOW for other picnic and grilling summer events. . . . → Read More: Fourth of July Baked Beans (after the fact)

Garlic and Sapphires (and Strozzapreti with Tomatoes, Olives & Herbed Goat Cheese)

Ruth Reichl’s Garlic and Sapphires is the June/July selection for Cook the Books. Join me in my re-reading of Reichl’s reflections on being a disguised NYT’s food critic. . . . → Read More: Garlic and Sapphires (and Strozzapreti with Tomatoes, Olives & Herbed Goat Cheese)

Bags o’ Onions

Here’s a great way to caramelize onions with little mess and little work. And, here’s an even better pickled onion recipe—so good, easy and delicious! . . . → Read More: Bags o’ Onions

“In My Kitchen” July 2018

Here’s what’s up this month and a recipe for Toasted Quinoa Garden Salad. . . . → Read More: “In My Kitchen” July 2018

My Favorite Reads

Eat, Pray, Love
Running with Scissors
SantaLand Diaries
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Angela's Ashes
Naked
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
My Life in France
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
The Liars' Club
Code Name Verity
The Paris Wife
The Shoemaker's Wife
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel
Brother of the More Famous Jack
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls


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