Curtain Call
Sep03

Curtain Call

I say you still have a chance to make the best tomato pie, tomato jelly, tomato salad, or the absolute best tomato sandwich this season. Make it all, then make a sandwich for yourself to savor. Here is how Dave and I approach the classic summer dish. Mediterra* sourdough bread (and never get this pre-sliced, you can do it!) Slab bacon (peppered, cook in a skillet, crisp) Hellmann’s mayonnaise 2 tomatoes thick sliced 2 slices...

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Tomato Jam & Cornmeal Cookies.
Aug18

Tomato Jam & Cornmeal Cookies.

This clever take on a dessert cookie can be served with wine, tea or add them to your August dinner party table. Jam. 2 lb assorted tomatoes 1 cup sugar .25 cup apple cider vinegar 1 T orange zest 3 T orange juice 1 T grated fresh ginger 2 t sea salt 1 t ground coriander 4 whole cloves Add tomatoes to boiling water for one minute to loosen skins, plunge into ice water to stop cooking. Peel core and chop and place in a saucepan. Stir...

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The OONI pizza oven, connecting food and art
Jun04

The OONI pizza oven, connecting food and art

The OONI PIZZA OVEN uses a small amount of space. Delivers on big taste. I ordered ours from Huckberry, a great online catalog. It is simple and fun to use and turns pizza-making into a party. Like Paint Monkey but better. I know you are skeptical but see for yourself in this step-by-step guide to pizza perfection. Step #1 Set it on a solid surface (outside, of course!). Step #2 Add wood pellets and light with a lighter cube, one is...

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We all scream for SNOW ICE CREAM
Feb14

We all scream for SNOW ICE CREAM

We have all been stuck indoors for a year, and I’m sure you think you are running out of creative ideas for yourself or your family to do on a freezing afternoon, plus I think there is another snowstorm coming this way sooo it might be time to make quite possibly one of the best treats you have had in a while. Yep, snow ice cream. My grandmother used to make it for us kids, easy for anyone to make. Yummy for everyone to eat. • 1...

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turn up the heat for roasted vegetables with turkey sausage & rosemary
Feb04

turn up the heat for roasted vegetables with turkey sausage & rosemary

Now that winter is setting in, switch up some of your favorite weeknight meals and make them even more delish by roasting them at high heat. I always roast a chicken at 450, stuff with onion or lemon, salt and pepper, and whatever herbs. Rub with olive oil and your seasonings of choice and place in hot pan uncovered and undisturbed for 50 minutes or until the juices run clear. Some advice, buy a good chicken! Then try this, it’s...

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Basil Dip! A garden to table superstar
Sep04

Basil Dip! A garden to table superstar

This is one of the best summertime appetizers ever, and easy to make. I like to keep this dish seasonal, something to look forward to this time of year when basil is everywhere, especially gardens and farm markets. Serve with homemade pita chips. Basil Dip 3 cups packed fresh basil leaves 3/4 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 cup pine nuts 2 large garlic cloves (I mince mine) 3 or 4 tablespoon fresh lemon juice...

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