The Home Gardens

How is it a third of the way through the month!?  I’m not sure how so much time passed without me realizing it and while I have been cooking, I’m sharing images of my gardens below.  Yes, they are filed with weeds but I love them all; it brings me a great deal of joy…

Citrus Shortbread Cookies

Anyone else ready for Christmas in July?  I’m sitting here thinking about why I made these cookies (my beau is very in love with all of these types of cookies: shortbread + cranberries =win) and reflecting on why I’m trying out recipes that are better suited to Christmas in the summer: getting ready for Christmas! …

Veggie Medley

Looking for another way to prep fresh summer veggies?  I combined them all into a veggie medley.  To be fair, I cleaned out quite a bit of my freezer stash of summer produce from last year…  Mostly so that I can fill it up with this summer’s produce.  That being said, this is perfect for …

Snickerdoodle Bars

I will pretty much try anything snickerdoodle cookie related so when I found a recipe courtesy of Smitten Kitchen where I could make a new version in a bar form, I was completely and utterly sold.  Wrap it up and I’ll take it – these were no exception!  The original recipe can be found in…

Butternut Squash Cake

My search for the next best method for eating butternut squash is never ending.  This time I made up a ‘breakfast’ bar that gets gobbled up over at Morning Glory Farms (as a pumpkin version).  I’ve tinkered a bit with the recipe slightly and I have to say that its a great dessert to bring…

Seattle Foodscene

Just about a year ago my beau and I returned from our honeymoon in Seattle.  Being sentimental, I started going through the photos (and it may have helped that they still need to be put into a photo album…)  Either way, there were a ton of food shots so I thought I’d share a few:…

Kale Tabbouleh Salad

I love the simplicity of Real Girl’s Kitchen dishes and the focus on healthy eating while making things as easy as possible.  Who doesn’t want to feel good about their food and  this kale tabbouleh salad definitely fits the bill.  Its pretty much the perfect summer pot-luck item since it serves a lot of people…

Sweet Dreams for Little Elliot

With all of the warm weather recently, I’ve been diverting my attention away from the hot stove to some “spring” cleaning and completing home-made gifts.  After summer came on so strongly, I started working on projects that wouldn’t increase the temperature inside!  I’ll spare you the chaos but am delighted to share my most recently…

Avocado Banana Bread

My over-ripe avocado and over-ripe bananas just had a baby: Avocado Banana Bread.  Neither fruit was very pretty by the time I made this bread but they sure did turn out a pretty loaf of quick bread.  I added in a few walnuts and craisins to add a bit more interest to the bread. Since…

Carrots + Mascarpone

I’ve been reminiscing lately – my anniversary is coming up.  This past Christmas, my beau took me to Hen-of-the-Woods for a special dinner.  The entire meal was outstanding but we especially loved the roasted carrots over ricotta that I had as an appetizer. The dish is technically a rather simple one so I was hoping…

National Trails Day

Head to the beach, woods and trails out there!  June 4th is National Trails Day!  I tend to join the ones hosted all around Connecticut where I’ve kayaked, hiked historical sites and enjoyed forgotten views.  Go out and explore!   ps. the image above is from Mt. Rainier National Park.  There are trails open to…

Home-made Stock

Ever consider of putting together your own home-made stock?  There are a couple ways to go about it.  For the one you see here, I set a ham bone on the stove for several hours with onion peels, half a carrot, some herbs (peppercorns, bay leaf, cloves, fennel) and added water until the ham was…