Cherry Ginger Chutney – Deeply Colored, Richly Flavored

Cherry Ginger Chutney – Deeply Colored, Richly Flavored Cherry Ginger Chutney – Cherry Season is Short. Savor the Moment. Each Bite a Memory.

Most everyone who lives in Montana waits all year for Flathead cherry season. Throughout the state, Flathead cherries reign supreme. Memories are made from eating these luscious, large, dark, firm, meaty, juicy, and sweet with a touch of tart cherries. Continue reading

Mediterranean Green Bean Salad – Clean, Crisp, Fresh, Herbal and Bright

Mediterranean Green Bean Salad – Clean, Crisp, Fresh, Herbal and Bright Mediterranean Green Bean Salad with Sweet Pepper, Fresh Herbs, Toasted Hazelnuts, Kalamata Olives & Goat Cheese

One of the advantages of teaching a cooking class or having friends for dinner, I’m driven to perfect unfamiliar recipes. So, there I was with a Mediterranean Green Bean Salad on the upcoming class menu, and only had a recipe to try from the cookbook of a famous chef Continue reading

Butter Roasted Vidalia Onions – What a Revelation ♥ ♥ ♥

Butter Roasted Vidalia Onions Butter Roasted Vidalia Onions – Rich, Sweet, Savory, Mild, Complex, Silken & Fragrant All At the Same Time

Until last Friday, I’d never tasted a Vidalia onion, or even a “sweet” onion. I had heard and thought that sweet onions (including Walla Walla, Maui and Vidalia) were for eating raw rather than for cooking. Not being a fan of raw onions, there was never a reason to buy a sweet onion. Continue reading

Rhubarb Ginger Chutney – Mild, Chunky, Savory, Sweet & Gingery, Too

Rhubarb Ginger Chutney – Mild, Chunky, Savory and Sweet & GingeryWhen Life Gives you Rhubarb (Lucky You) Make Rhubarb Ginger Chutney

Always say yes when offered fresh spring rhubarb. I say yes, thus our friends with a rhubarb patch share some of their crimson stalks with us each year. About this time every year I search for and experiment with a new recipe. In the past I’ve made rhubarb crisp, sorbet, rhubarb fruit butter, preserves and chutney. Continue reading

Honey Ginger Lemonade – Fresh Ginger Tea, Lemon Juice and a Taste of Honey

Honey Ginger Lemonade – Fresh Ginger Tea, Lemon Juice and a Taste of Honey Honey Ginger Lemonade – Wonderfully Refreshing For Memorial Day and the Summer Days Ahead

Ah yes, living in the mountains of Montana. Just a week ago we had almost two inches of heavy, wet snow falling all day. It flattened our tulips, weighed down the branches of the blossom-heavy trees, bent over the peony stems, and collapsed half of the hoops covering our garden. Then today it was Continue reading

Spring Greens with Mustard Balsamic Vinaigrette – Vibrant Refreshing Salad for Spring

Spring Greens with Mustard Balsamic Vinaigrette –Vibrant Refreshing Salad for SpringSpring Alive — Spring Greens with Mustard Balsamic Vinaigrette, Scallions, Crisp Apple, Toasted Walnuts

A perfect salad strikes a balance between crisp and tender, crunchy and soft, mild and bold, sweet, tart, pungent and bitter, creamy and textured. Spring Greens with Mustard Balsamic Vinaigrette strikes that balance perfectly. The combination of both mild and bitter greens, thinly Continue reading

The Best Roasted Asparagus – Juicy, Crisp, Flavorful, Outstanding

The Best Roasted Asparagus – Juicy, Crisp, Flavorful, OutstandingThe Best Roasted Asparagus – How I Love Thee

Fresh spring asparagus, how I love thee. Let me count the ways. Delightful shaved raw into ribbons for a salad with almonds and pecorino cheese. Luxurious roasted, puréed and folded into risotto. And absolutely sublime when thick spears roast on one Continue reading