March 16, 2020

I LOVE this salad for its amazing flavor and textures.

Try this recipe and it will become your favorite!

I've altered it a little bit from the original, which includes chopped cilantro and a fresh green chile.

For 4 servings:

1 cup couscous

3/4 cup boiling water

1 small oni...

November 11, 2019

After being diagnosed with a condition that affects my digestion, I've had to change some of my diet. Part of the change I had to make is to avoid baked products containing gluten. So no wheat, rye, or barley.

Imagine my delight to happen upon the "Gluten-Free Baking at...

June 7, 2019

Hooray! Fava beans are in season!

One of my favorite spreads is made with fava beans.

Some people think it's too much work, but I actually enjoy the steps this requires to make a delicious spread for bruschetta, crudites, or tortilla chips.


About 2 lbs of fres...

December 13, 2018

Okay, they are a great treat any time of the year.

But I think they are exceptionally delicious on rainy winter mornings.

This is a tried and true recipe I use from a little cookbook purchased from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Dutch Cookbook.

Dutch Pancake:


December 8, 2018

When it's cold, dark and rainy, soup is one of the best comfort food I can think of.

I don't remember where I found this recipe, and I altered it a bit.

It's delicious!

Tofu Soup

3 organic garlic cloves, finely grated

1 tablespoon finely grated, fresh organic ginger

2 tables...

August 11, 2018

This summer I've noticed a lot more apricots in the markets than in previous years.

Apricots are delicious to eat just as they are.

But this is a great recipe from Bon Apetit magazine, that always is a success.

Almond, Apricot and Cherry Tart


1 1/2 cups unbleached fl...

February 20, 2018

What do you do when you have a big Meyer lemon tree in the backyard,  producing hundreds of lemons?

Of course, you can do the obvious, make lemonade. That's what our next door neighbors did with a bag of lemons I gave them.

Or you can bake lemon meringue pies, lemon bars...

February 16, 2018

There are so many ways to prepare beets and this is the easiest:

Rinse excess dirt off three or four beets.

Place the whole beets in a pot large enough to accommodate them and add enough water to cover the beets.

Bring the beets to a boil, then lower the heat to simmer fo...

July 12, 2017

Yes, I'm posting again about the joys of making and eating compote.

With the abundance of delicious fruit this season, sometimes I get a little too carried away at the Farmers' Market and buy too much fruit.

That means that we sometimes can't eat the fruit fast enough be...

June 21, 2017

I love to plant cosmos every year.

They are native to the southwestern US and Mexico, and provide nectar and pollen to bees and butterflies.

And look at this, Cupcakes White.

I've never seen these before, until I saw them at Annies Annuals.

This is the first blossom on the...

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