Sausage, Squash and Red Onions (and a side of Farro)

Sometimes the simplest meals are the best. I was reminded of that yesterday evening, when I was simmering elderberries with aromatics for elderberry syrup, a soothing medicinal. The elderberries had to infuse slowly, and that required tending.   So what to fix for dinner? I had spicy Italian sausages in the refrigerator and butternut squash from the garden. And plump red onions in the basement … Continue reading Sausage, Squash and Red Onions (and a side of Farro)

Spring Stir Fry: DIY Universal Stir Fry Sauce

“Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold, pease porridge in the pot 9 days old.”  My garden peas have pushed through the soil, still tiny but looking strong. For some reason, that childhood rhyme came to mind, so indulge me!  Peas are really a lovely seasonal vegetable, so when they’re abundant, peas are in my meal rotation a lot.  These legumes are good for you, too. … Continue reading Spring Stir Fry: DIY Universal Stir Fry Sauce

Chorizo Nachos with Homemade White Queso

 Photo credit kitchn.com Today, Matt Swaim from Sacred Heart Radio’s Sonrise Morning Show and I talked about the upcoming All Saints and All Souls Day and how they relate to a secular Halloween.   When was All Saints Day first instituted? Lots of legends abound about the beginning of All Saints Day. From what I can gather, though, way back in the 800’s the Pope … Continue reading Chorizo Nachos with Homemade White Queso

1 Hour Yeast Rolls – Yes You Can!

I was getting ingredients out of the pantry to make a batch of one hour yeast rolls for dinner, when Oliver Phillips, my 10 year old neighbor, called. Oliver wanted to come over and “make something”. So he and I made the rolls together. I let Oliver do the measuring and mixing. “Does this seem hard to you?” I asked. “Not at all,” he said. … Continue reading 1 Hour Yeast Rolls – Yes You Can!

Pork Loin with Pesto

Along with the usual harvesting of garden vegetables and herbs that I’ve been telling you about, I’ve been foraging for autumn’s wild edibles.  The autumn olive berries are ripe and perfect for jelly. I’m drying some in my dehydrator for granola, as well. Add to the harvest wild fox grapes and spice bush berries and you’ve got some good eating. Not only do these simple … Continue reading Pork Loin with Pesto

What’s the Apple of Your Eye? Apple Crisp is Mine

Matt Swaim, Sonrise morning show on Sacred Heart radio, chatted today about apples. Was it an apple that Eve tempted Adam with? Some Bible scholars believe it could have been an apricot or pomegranate, which were indigenous fruits in the Middle East. Then again, apples did flourish in ancient Egypt and Palestine and the Bible makes references to the apple – if you have some … Continue reading What’s the Apple of Your Eye? Apple Crisp is Mine

Add New Post View Schedule Change type of 33 blocks Pork Loin with Pesto Pork loin with pesto Along with the usual harvesting of garden vegetables and herbs that I’ve been telling you about, I’ve been foraging for autumn’s wild edibles. The autumn olive berries are ripe and perfect for jelly. I’m drying some in my dehydrator for granola, as well. Add to the harvest … Continue reading

A Harvest of Okra = Gumbo

My organic farmer friend, Sally Ransohoff, stopped by and bought me a basket of red and green tender okra. A “gift without ribbons” for sure.  My own dwarf okra bushes are producing new pods every day, as well, so I’ve got lots of okra to eat!  One of my favorite ways to use seasonal okra is in soups, in particular a very special simple chicken … Continue reading A Harvest of Okra = Gumbo

Campfire Hobo Dinners in Foil Packet

I developed recipes a while back for Laura’s Lean Beef and this campfire dinner in a packet is one of the most popular. Thanks to Laura’s Lean Beef team for the photo above. CAMPFIRE HOBO DINNERS IN A PACKET Ingredients: Burgers 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (I used Laura’s 92% lean) 2 tablespoons olive oil 1-2 tablespoons powdered ranch salad dressing or dried Italian salad … Continue reading Campfire Hobo Dinners in Foil Packet

Totable Cakes for Celebrating

We’re heading into Labor Day, the last hurrah. Celebrate an outdoor gathering with what I call “totable picnic cakes.”  Start with a box cake mix and a little imagination.  The creamsicle cake has been shared so many times it’s in my recipe hall of fame.  The cupcakes look fancy but are simple to make with a boxed mix and your own special touches. Creamsicle picnic … Continue reading Totable Cakes for Celebrating

Totable Cakes for Celebrating

We’re heading into Labor Day, the last hurrah. Celebrate an outdoor gathering with what I call “totable picnic cakes.”  Start with a box cake mix and a little imagination.  The creamsicle cake has been shared so many times it’s in my recipe hall of fame.  The cupcakes look fancy but are simple to make with a boxed mix and your own special touches. Creamsicle picnic … Continue reading Totable Cakes for Celebrating