Please Meet Anna…..

Welcome to a late addition to C.L.U.E. as I try to rectify a formidable FUBAR. Here’s a great Black Bean Salad and a Pasta Mediterranean Salad from Anna Dishes. . . . → Read More: Please Meet Anna…..

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

Curried Chicken Salad with Cucumbers

I love summer.   Specifically, I love July.   July is the month that I can take my vacation and some much needed time off.

I won’t get on a soap box or anything today, but July is the month that I get to totally be out of the office.   (I do still work . . . → Read More: Curried Chicken Salad with Cucumbers

Wasabi Quick Dilled Pickles

I heart my big, yellow Gourmet cookbook.   (I think that has been well-established.)   There are quite a few recipes that can be adapted to fresh produce from the garden.   If you are picking cukes, you must make this.    Especially if you are picking just a few a day.

The original recipe called . . . → Read More: Wasabi Quick Dilled Pickles

Marinated Cucumbers and Onions

Zukes and cukes.

That is all I am getting from the garden.

Our tomatoes look lush and green.   Little blossoms and little fruit.   These are our favorites and I guess I will have to realize that I cannot grow tomatoes.

These are called Marketeer.

Zukes and cukes.

These all . . . → Read More: Marinated Cucumbers and Onions

Blackberry-Cucumber Water

I am addicted to flavored water this summer.

Last summer got me hooked when Sassy Water was making the Pinterest rounds.

Now I am experimenting with whatever fresh stuff I have in the kitchen.

Most recently (with 2 1/2 flats of blackberries to use), I dreamed this up.

I am really fickle, but this is . . . → Read More: Blackberry-Cucumber Water

Veggie and Pearl Couscous Herb Salad

A perfect summer salad for this month’s Secret Recipe Club. . . . → Read More: Veggie and Pearl Couscous Herb Salad

Red Quinoa Greek Salad

A salad for summer. (I know, I am rushing the season!) . . . → Read More: Red Quinoa Greek Salad

Roasted Turkey with Rosemary

Thanksgiving in August: Turkey finds and tomato cucumber salsa verde salad. . . . → Read More: Roasted Turkey with Rosemary

Completely home grown pickles

A 1959 Recipe for “Delicious Dills” . . . → Read More: Completely home grown 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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