Tomato Pie

The first time I had a bite of tomato pie was after I finished college. I was home for the weekend and stayed with my Grandmother. She had one sitting on the countertop and when she told me about it, I wasn’t quite sure. But what had my Grandmother ever made that I didn’t like?!…

Freezing Tomatoes

August is the time when fresh tomatoes are at their peak. My garden plants are yielding an armload every few days. As much as I love munching them, the excess has to be dealt with. I love homemade canned salsa, but I also make sure I have plenty of stewed tomatoes in my freezer for…

Croutons

Croutons I hate for any food to go to waste. I am constantly checking the pantry, freezer and refrigerator to see if anything is in immediate need of use. With loads of vegetables coming in from the garden, we’ve been eating lots of salads, so a half loaf of sliced bread caught my attention. I…

Asparagus

The wait was worth it! Five years ago, we planted asparagus in our garden and this year, we are blessed with a bounty worthy of feeding multitudes. It is like mushrooms … you go out the following morning after harvesting the day before and there it is again, like magic. I never get tired of…

Fondue

I have always loved fondue. I think because the eating process is so active and you are forced slow down. It encourages conversation and it an intimate experience. I decided to serve a cheese fondue the other night when some friends came over for cocktails. I wish I had counted how many times someone said,…

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…