Flageolet Bean Salad – The Caviar of Beans – Tiny, Tender, Delicate

Flageolet Bean Salad – The Caviar of Beans Flageolet Bean Salad with Cucumber, Radishes, Carrots, Scallions & Lemon Mustard Vinaigrette

I now belong to a Bean Club. Actually, Steve Sando’s Rancho Gordo Bean Club featuring heirloom beans from around the world. My first Bean Club box arrived a week ago. Wow, such a bounty of beans. Six pounds of new-to-me heirloom beans along with a bag of Turkish bay leaves and 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

Raspberry Preserves – The Essence of Fresh Raspberries

Raspberry Preserves – The Essence of Fresh RaspberriesRaspberry Preserves – Raspberrilicious

Fresh raspberries, a little fresh lemon juice and a minimal amount of light honey. Just three ingredients cook quickly together (without added pectin) to create richly colored and intensely flavored preserves. Softly thickened, deeply burgundy essence of raspberries. Continue reading

Agua Fresca – Simply Refreshing

Agua Fresca - Simply Refreshing Agua Fresca with Honeydew, Cucumber & Mint

Blended fruit, water and a little lemon or lime juice makes a most flavorful and refreshing beverage for the warm days of spring and summer. Most any fruit can be used to make Mexico’s delicious aguas frescas: mango, papaya, pineapple, watermelon or even pink grapefruit. Continue reading

Hummus – Healthy & Delicious

Hummus – Healthy & DeliciousHummus – Dip, Spread, Snack, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Make your own hummus as rich, thick, creamy and flavorful as you like. Though readily available in most grocery and convenience stores, delis and buffets, hummus tastes so much better when homemade. Besides being ready to eat in twenty minutes, you get to choose the quality of each ingredient and the final texture and taste.

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Asparagus Ribbon Salad w/ Almonds & Pecorino

Asparagus Ribbon Salad w Almonds & Pecorino“You know, when you get your first asparagus, or your first acorn squash, or your first really good tomato of the season, those are the moments that define the cook’s year. I get more excited by that than anything else.”  Mario Batali

Celebrate the End of Asparagus Season 2012

There’s another equally important and defining moment. It comes at the end of each season Continue reading

My First Guest Post–Lavender Infused Honey Lemonade

Honey Lemonade Infused with Lavender“We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavoring and furniture polish is made from real lemons.”    Alfred E. Newman

Lavender Infused Honey Lemonade

Friday morning, July 20, 2012 at exactly 7:00 a.m. MDT, my first guest post goes public on Amy Green’s site Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free. Continue reading