Chunky Applesauce = Homemade Goodness

Chunky Applesauce = Homemade GoodnessChunky Applesauce You Make Yourself

Warning: homemade thick and chunky applesauce bears little resemblance to
the thin and sugar-sweetened commercially made applesauce.

We celebrated my husband’s New Year’s Day birthday over brunch with friends.This year he asked for my Blueberry Toasted Pecan Whole Wheat Pancakes with Chunky Applesauce. Continue reading

Garlic Scape Pesto w/ Parsley, Walnuts & Pecorino

Garlic Scape Pesto w/ Parsley, Walnuts & PecorinoGarlic Scapes Are Here

Exuberantly curlicued garlic scapes debuted just a couple of days ago at our first Saturday farmers’ market of the season. These first picked and thinner scapes are both more tender and milder than the mature scapes still to come. Buy scapes when you find them Continue reading

Salsa Verde w/ Roasted Asparagus & Kalamata Olives

Salsa Verde w/ Roasted Asparagus & Kalamata Olives Salsa Verde – Another Classic Italian Green Sauce

Lots and lots of Italian flat leaf parsley, lots of fresh basil and a good amount of fresh mint swirled together with capers, homemade mustard, white wine vinegar and your best olive oil. Easily made in 10-15 minutes, Continue reading

Thanksgiving Tips – Checklist – Recipes

Thanksgiving Tips, Checklist & RecipesNine Thanksgiving Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday

Such a great holiday celebrating family, friends and food. Lots of glorious food. Yet the anxiety and pressure to get that food on the table on time and beautifully presented often blurs the gratitude aspect of Thanksgiving. With a bit of planning, even the cook(s) will enjoy a relatively calm and relaxed Thanksgiving Day. Continue reading

Shiitake Gravy — Extraordinarily Great

Shiitake Gravy — Extraordinarily Great GravyShiitake Gravy — Vegetarian & Gluten-Free or Not

Richly flavored and deeply colored, Shiitake Gravy puts the crowning touch on Thanksgiving Dinner. For a vegetarian feast, prepare the gravy according to the recipe. Continue reading

Arugula Pesto

Arugula Pesto RigatoniSummer’s First Pesto

Arugula grows so beautifully in our tiny garden. During the cooler spring weather it grows into a compact, deep green plant with many long leaves. As soon as the warm weather hits Continue reading

Rhubarb Apple Butter

Apples (c) jfhaugenWhen Life Gives You Rhubarb . . . Make Rhubarb Apple Butter

My inspiration this week came from having so many beautiful crimson stalks of rhubarb and so little time. I wanted to make a recipe that would involve lots of rhubarb, little effort Continue reading