Why make your own pumpkin puree when you can easily buy it in tins at the supermarket? Well, based on my own trials, the homemade version is thicker, richer, and infinitely better-tasting than its commercial counterpart. For the very best pies, muffins, and rolls, I'm convinced that puree made from home-roasted pumpkins is the only way to go. Read more »
GOT KALE? Make my garlicky, lemony, kale pesto! It's delicious on...everything. Serve it with crackers at your next cocktail party, or as a gorgeous topping for grilled chicken or baked salmon. Or, do what I did yesterday, and stir it into steaming strands of angel hair pasta. Yum, yum, yum. The easy recipe: Read more »
DO YOU REMEMBER the bounty of bell peppers I harvested last week? I turned them into Piperade. Folks, this fabulous (and freeze-able!) French/Spanish saute of peppers, onion, garlic and herbs instantly transforms everyday food into haute cuisine. Making an omelet? Give it a shimmering topping of Piperade. Ditto for pasta, fish, chicken, and even frozen, store-bought pizza. The recipe: Read more »
FOR THE SAKE OF EXPERIMENTATION, last weekend I grabbed some parsley, basil, and sage from my garden, and pureed them together with pine nuts, Parmesan, garlic and olive oil. In other words, I made a pesto. A pesto that was fabulously-fragrant. A pesto that was layered with flavor. A pesto that was so deliciously-delicious that after just one taste, I nearly passed out with pleasure. Read more »
MEET MY NEWEST TEA-TIME ADDICTION -- Sugar Cookie Tartlets. To make them, you bake sugar cookie dough in the shape of little cups. Then you fill the cups with luscious, homemade lemon curd, and adorn each tart with a single blueberry. Hard to do? Not at all. Here's my easy (yes, easy!) recipe for these sinfully-delicious treats: Read more »
Kevin is an award-winning food, garden and lifestyle guru who lives in New York's Hudson Valley. His recipes have appeared in dozens of newspapers. He has contributed countless gardening articles to African Violet Magazine, Berkshire Home Style Magazine, and Garden Design Magazine.