Creamy Basil Dressing

Basil season is over here in Michigan and what better way to use this flavorful herb than in a vinaigrette. Saying goodbye to summer… Linking to Angie’s party and the two co-hosts Petra @ Food Eat Love and Vanitha @ Curry and Vanilla I served this salad with a Paradiso Reserve, Caramelized Onion and Prosciutto Pizza… … Continue reading

Swallowtail Caterpillar Enjoying My Parsley

  My swallowtail caterpillar before becoming a beautiful butterfly. They just love parsley as there were two on this plant. I took this shot on July 23, 2017! Even though I only have a container garden this year I still can enjoy the beauty of nature. Downsizing from an acre to containers was hard but … 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

Capellini with Burrata, Prosciutto, Tomatoes and Basil

While looking through my reader I came across this pasta recipe from Johanne https://frenchgardenerdishes.com/2016/09/08/late-harvest-pasta-with-creamy-burrata-and-salami/ The Burrata cheese caught my attention and I had to explore further. This cheese resembles a fresh  Mozzarella ball, but when you cut into you will discover a very rich filling of soft Mozzarella pieces soaked in heavy cream. You heard … Continue reading

Shrimp, Broccoli and Snow Pea Stir-Fry

When you have your own garden you cook whatever is ready to be picked. I have a small raised bed garden and my snow peas are producing like crazy – I need to pick them every day.  I especially like to grow these as I like them small and tender – not what you usually … Continue reading

Weight Watcher’s BLT Pasta Salad

It has been awhile since I posted a WW recipe and then this recipe appeared on my Pinterest email.  A BLT, or Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato, says American all the way and always better with fresh tomatoes.  As I love BLT sandwiches, salads, pasta and then bacon, how could I go wrong with  making this. … Continue reading

New Orleans Okra and Tomatoes

My first trip to New Orleans in July with my two sisters – a city that never goes to sleep…  I cannot even imagine how it is during Mardis Gras!  If you are looking for something different and full of action pay a visit to this historic city.  Of all the traveling I have done … Continue reading

Juju’s Favorite Coleslaw

I love coleslaw and I would make it all of the time if there was  more interest in my family.  Gene was not crazy about it  so I rarely made it unless we had a crowd and I had potato salad and all of the other goodies too.  Now, I am making small portions so … Continue reading

Green Beans A L’Anglaise

When I had a big garden I used to grow lots of these slender filet beans.  This variety had to be picked when the bean was very small, only up to pencil thickness.  They do freeze well if you can not eat them fast enough.  They are a little pricey in the grocery store but … Continue reading