A Fabulous Fruit Pizza

107I made this red, white, and blue dessert "pizza" the other day. It's a giant homemade sugar cookie, dressed to the nines with lemony cream cheese frosting and colorful fruit. It tastes like heaven...and looks like the Fourth of July! Read more »

Chive Blossom Vinegar: Updated for 2015

022I've decided to update my recipe for Chive Blossom Vinegar. Why? Well, first because I've found an even easier method for making it. Also, my step-by-step recipe from 2012 was a little vague. And finally, because my photography skills have improved rather dramatically in the past three years! Read more »

June 2015 Kitchen and Garden Chores

IMG_3705Wanna get down and dirty in the garden with me? We can train the tomato vines, smother the weeds, and deadhead the spent spring flowers. Afterwards, we can make something delicious to eat! The fun starts here: Read more »

Herbed Cheese Straws

096These cheese straws are crazy-delicious. Think of elongated "Cheetos," kissed by the sharp tang of real cheddar and the heavenly air of Herbes de Provence. Serve the straws at your next cocktail party, and watch them disappear. Or, just do as I did last night, and hog them all for yourself! Read more »

Lemony Lovage Pesto

062What inspired me to make this sexy sauce? The giant lovage plant in my garden. I snipped its pale green leaves, and blended them with olive oil, almonds, lemon, nutmeg, and cream cheese. In other words, I made Lemony Lovage Pesto -- a swoon-worthy topping for pasta, fish, chicken, and even toast. The simple recipe: Read more »

Coffee Talk: French Press

053 - CopyWhat kind of coffee maker do you use? I've tried several inexpensive brewing devices over the years, and my favorite is the French press. More about this simple gadget, and how I use it: Read more »

My Weekend in the Garden

IMG_2323wbOuch! I gardened like a fiend last weekend, and now it's time to pay the piper. My back aches. My arms and legs are sore.  Even my hair hurts. But at least the annuals and veggies are in the ground! The planting-routine went something like this: Read more »