Cooking Tidbits – Watermelons

Watermelon is one of my favorite summer fruits. It is synonymous with summer and family barbecues. It’s not only delicious and refreshing on a hot summer day but there are numerous health benefits. The seedless varieties  with deep red fruit have more of the antioxidant lycopene. There is also a big difference in taste too. … Continue reading

Shrubs and Drinking Vinegars

These beverages are popping up all over since I had my first shrub back in July at a restaurant in Philadelphia.  I’m hearing about them on the news, in magazines and  saw them offered at a local restaurant. Shrubs appear to be very popular right now as mixologists add liquor to their own versions of … Continue reading

A Fall Ritual – Making Grandma’s Applesauce

Grandma’s applesauce has been a part of my “cooking life” for a very long time and she always used Cortland apples to make this special treat. Some of the favorite ways we enjoyed it when I was younger was as a dip for danish or cinnamon rolls. There is nothing better than a buttered piece of toast … Continue reading

Pineapple Jack-O-Lanterns

Halloween is probably my favorite holiday – no stress with cooking or entertaining. Just decorate your house, inside and out, maybe dress in costume and of course hand out candy or other goodies to all the neighborhood children. For the past few years I give the kids small bags of goldfish and they seem to … Continue reading

Bacon and Apple Waffles with a Cider Syrup

My family loves breakfast especially pancakes and waffles. I frequently throw in a little fruit; I have a peanut butter or sourdough version and sometimes I like to make a special syrup. How about caramelized bananas on top of your pancakes. I have 6 pancake recipes; just search pancakes for a great selection of this … Continue reading

Frozen Red, White and Blue Smoothies

This smoothie is one of the most refreshing frozen drinks I have ever had. Perfect for this 90 plus humid weather we are having! There are so many good fruits and ingredients in this smoothie that takes it over the top. I mean pomegranate and orange juice, blueberries, strawberries, bananas and yogurt all contribute to … Continue reading

Strawberry Filled Muffins

It’s strawberry season in Michigan once again  and the berries are small but so juicy and delicious. I make all kinds of recipes using these beautiful berries including Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry Jam, Strawberry Cream Cake with Nasturtiums, Strawberry Scuffins, Smoothies, even a Strawberry Tiramisu. Of course they are always good in salads, or with fruit dips … Continue reading

Berries with Sweet Woodruff and Prosecco

This is a favorite springtime dessert. The berries are fresh and plump, my sweet woodruff is blooming in a shady spot along with brunnera, hostas, Virginia bluebells (done for the season) and recently planted Korean Feather Reed Grass (not pictured). Perfect combination to brighten up a shady area. Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum) is a valuable … Continue reading