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…

Meatballs

Meatballs It is no secret that I love meatballs. Maybe it’s because of the size. Perhaps it’s because they usually accompany pasta. Regardless, there is something quite special about these formed balls of meat that underlines the extra effort that went into getting them on the table. Technically, they are balls of ground meat that…

Pickles

Pickles As cucumber plants go crazy, I do too … in the kitchen making pickles. Lately it’s been Bread and Butter, which are sweet and seasoned with mustard seeds, turmeric and celery seeds. Later I will be making dills, which are the standard for placing beside a sandwich. The tartness is pucker-worthy but just right…

Cucumber Salad

Cucumbers The first cucumbers that I harvest are always reserved for salad and I picked my first ones this week. While I certainly chop them up for green salads, my favorite is a truly green salad that I serve over mixed baby lettuce. I have been making it for years and am not even sure…

Cauliflower and Cheese

Cauliflower and Cheese I have been harvesting fresh cauliflower from my garden for weeks. It is a wonderful reminder of how much I love this versatile vegetable. Most of the time, I sprinkle it with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and pop it into the oven to roast. It’s super easy and the…

English Pea Salad

English Pea Salad Although it feels like summer, it is still spring and my garden is yielding the rewards of early planting. Green onions, leaf lettuce, herbs and English peas have given the inside of my refrigerator every shade of green. So I decided to combine all of them into a cold salad to help…