Herb Garden

When we moved into our house over sixteen years ago, we set out willy-nilly to landscape.   We had no plan.  We had a vision.   But, we had no plan.

I wanted roses.

We planted roses everywhere.  We built flowerbeds for roses around the house.  We planted climbing roses on our back fence.  We . . . → Read More: Herb Garden

Three-Kale and Beet Green Salad with Radish and Pine Nuts

Check out this versatile kale salad recipe plus some bonus Cinco de Mayo recipes. . . . → Read More: Three-Kale and Beet Green Salad with Radish and Pine Nuts

Garden Update

I hope I am not jinxing our future harvests by sharing an emerging future bounty of apples, apricots, cherries, strawberries, tomatoes, and grapes…. . . . → Read More: Garden Update

Goat Cheese Soufflé with Garden Salad for C.L.U.E.

Christy, aka the Culinary Diva, was my assigned C.L.U.E project for this month.   April’s theme was to be all about spring vegetables and Christy’s blog was full of possibilities.   (Christy is a banker by day but is also a “food enthusiast, wine aficionado, Food & Cooking Channel fanatic, and cookbook bibliomaniac,  who suffers from . . . → Read More: Goat Cheese Soufflé with Garden Salad for C.L.U.E.

Warm Garden Salsa #10DaysofTailgate: The Kick-Off!

I am not a huge football fan.

My high school was so small…..

How small was it?

It was so small that we did not have a football team.  No joke, I graduated with eleven people.  We couldn’t even field an 8-man team.

When I got to college, I went to the obligatory football . . . → Read More: Warm Garden Salsa #10DaysofTailgate: The Kick-Off!

Roasted Tomato Soup

I’m in a funk….

Work has been busy but what else is new?

Although I have cooked and baked, I just haven’t felt like posting anything. (And if I am being totally forthcoming here, I haven’t cooked or baked all that much. Lots of sandwiches recently ’round here.)

Is it the weather change?

Am I . . . → Read More: Roasted Tomato Soup

Ginger-Peach Jam (Freezer Version and Traditional)

I must praise the book my mom got me for an uber early birthday:  The Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving.   For more information and praises on this book, click here for an earlier post.

Since work is still super busy, I am pulling this draft out of the archives from peach season . . . → Read More: Ginger-Peach Jam (Freezer Version and Traditional)

Tomato Jam

We are picking tomatoes daily.   Be prepared, dear reader, for lots of tomato recipe.

I am going to start out with the best one ever:   Tomato Jam.   If you have a garden, visit farmers markets,  or belong to a CSA, you must have this book:   The Preservation Kitchen by Paul . . . → Read More: Tomato Jam

Honeycrisp Apple Harvest

We have three apple trees in our yard:

One Arkansas Black Apple (an heirloom variety that The Hubs gave me as a birthday present last November),  a Braeburn (I think—I lost the tag and can’t remember), and a Honeycrisp.

This was the tree a few weeks before harvesting.

The Arkansas Black is too young . . . → Read More: Honeycrisp Apple Harvest

Sweet Sriracha Pickles

I was inspired by pickled dirt.

Truly.   I pickled some chard stems a while back and my mother assessed that they tasted like “pickled dirt.”

OK, so the pickled chard was an acquired taste but that pickling liquid was da’ bomb!   I made up some of this sweet-hot brine and threw in . . . → Read More: Sweet Sriracha Pickles

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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