Caprese Salad and Fruit Skewers With a Basil Vinaigrette

With temps in the 90’s all week simple, non-cooking recipes are part of my meals alongside something grilled. These skewers filled with fresh fruit, mozzarella balls, prosciutto, cherry tomatoes and drizzled with a basil vinaigrette  are the perfect answer to a light and refreshing side. They are also a great choice for appetizers on an … Continue reading

Fresh Fruit with a Citrus Dressing

Summer is my favorite time of the year to enjoy so many different fresh fruits. I’ve been enjoying Michigan strawberries and fruits such as melons and blueberries are also very sweet and perfect as a light dessert with maybe a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The citrus dressing is just heavenly and perfect with the … Continue reading

Fresh Berries with Lavender Cream

This is a special dessert which I made “way back when” I first became interested in using flowers in cooking. I also was not concerned about calories as you can tell by the ingredients. This is a delicious custard cream topped with some fresh berries – simple but oh so good. This was the beginning … 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

Watermelon Fruit Bowl

This is a fun dessert to make because of all the delicious fruit and the way it is presented in a watermelon.  I remember when I first made this for one of my husband’s friends youngest son and his wife.  He had built our deck for us down by the lake and this dessert was a part of a special … Continue reading

Roasted Applesauce

Apples are  probably one of my all-time favorite fruits because they are available year round. Then in the Fall here in Michigan we get the specialty apples that appear only once a year, such as Northern Spy (Gene’s favorite apple pie) and Cortland (my grandma’s applesauce). This past year I made some banana bread with roasted … Continue reading

Mango, Berry, Spinach and Rotini Salad

This is another delicious, refreshing salad with lots of fresh fruit and spinach and even some pasta – a nice combination.   This simple salad appears frequently on my table  as I get to use so many favorite ingredients.   The dressing is very light and perfect on any tossed salad.  I have adapted this … Continue reading

Fruit Compote Three Ways

I have included three great recipes using canned fruit and bananas.   One recipe has  vanilla pudding in it, another Tang and lemon pudding.  The third has a cooked sauce you pour over the fruit.   I like to serve this with breakfast or as a light salad for dinner especially when I cannot get to … Continue reading

Melon with Prosciutto Three Ways

This is a very simple dish to serve with breakfast or brunch or as a light appetizer before dinner.  Two ingredients and you have a sweet and salty recipe that goes great together.  See also my recipe Melon, Prosciutto and Provolone Salad. A recipe I would like to try adds goat cheese and mint…