Creme Fraiche

Creme Fraiche If you have 2 minutes to spare, you can make Creme Fraiche, which is the absolute best sour cream ever. You will never purchase it again in the grocery store after one taste. The kitchen counter takes care of all the work so there are no excuses for putting off making it. Plus,…

Blueberry Crumble

Blueberry Crumble As the summer growing season winds down, I find myself grabbing those fruits that I know will be not only less plentiful but higher in price very soon. Blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are going to quickly transition to fall apples, pears and cranberries. So when a friend of mine supplied me with some…

Bacon Wrapped Corn

Bacon Wrapped Corn Although the calendar is shifting toward fall, the temperatures don’t quite feel that way yet. And the summer corn that was wonderfully sweet two months ago is merely corn now. But there’s a way to salvage the season with bacon coming to the rescue. I preheated the pellet grill to 375 degrees…

Spaghetti Squash

Like all members of the squash family, it’s feast or famine … you have a few precious pickings at first then an absolute flood of it. My friend Cindy brings me several spaghetti squash at a time for that exact reason. So yesterday, it was time to make “macaroni” and cheese with one. Why haven’t…

Cheddar Drop Biscuits

There is no need for me to specifically name the seafood restaurant that is more famous for their Cheddar Biscuits than their seafood. They have the appeal of being versatile, delicious and ready in a snap. So go ahead and admit that you love them and that it’s time to make a batch tonight. The…

Oregano

Dear Oregano, You have been such a wonderful addition to my herb garden this year. All summer long, I have snipped and clipped on you to add your magic to all kinds of culinary delights. And those trims only seemed to make you stronger and more vigorous. But now, your day in the sun is…

Brine

I love brine! It is the perfect soaking solution for poultry and pork. Without getting into the chemistry of it all, you can sum up the purpose of a brining solution in three words: It adds moisture. The recipe below is fantastic by adding flavor as well. You’ll find many uses for it from pork…

Peas

Let’s face it … everyone has fresh tomatoes right now and they are delicious on sandwiches, in pasta, and used to make fresh salsa. But why should tomatoes hold the spotlight when it comes to summer salsa. Perhaps it’s time to shake up this chip favorite just a bit. I do so with fresh black-eyed…

Potato Salad

When it’s sticky hot outside, I crave something easy, simple and cold for nearly every meal. Potato salad fits the bill beautifully. The only heat I create is for boiling the potatoes. The rest is a simple chop, measure, mix and stir while I allow the refrigerator to do the enhancement magic. Then I have…

Roasted Garlic

Roasted Garlic Garlic has to be the most delicious member of the lily family. It would be difficult to prepare a host of savory culinary delights without it. While many are quite good at peeling the cloves, smashing them with a knife or mashing them through a press, there are so many other possibilities. My…