Tomato Onion “Relish” & A Surprise Visitor

Well, what a surprise I had yesterday when I went out to pick raspberries. A tiny fawn was curled up in the middle of the elderberry patch next to the raspberry rows. Now like with many of you, deer are more than a nuisance. I have a feeling it was the babe’s relatives who nipped the ripe raspberries from the stems and chomped down a … Continue reading Tomato Onion “Relish” & A Surprise Visitor

Make Rhubarb Pie with Pie Plant

Right now I’m waiting for a rhubarb custard pie to finish baking. As I was assembling the pie with the help of granddaughter, Ellery, age 4 (yes, it’s that easy), I was wondering how many of you eat and/or grow rhubarb.  Maybe you know rhubarb as the “pie plant”. Technically, rhubarb is a vegetable, not a fruit. Strawberry rhubarb pie is a rite of spring. … Continue reading Make Rhubarb Pie with Pie Plant

Time to make Asparagus Gruyere Tart

Today I talked with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio, about asparagus. We’re harvesting daily from our little patch and oh gosh it’s so good. Here’s a few tidbits about the connection between asparagus and the Bible: Not mentioned specifically in the Bible, Asparagus has been used as a vegetable and medicine, since about 3000 BC. The ancient Egyptians and Syrians … Continue reading Time to make Asparagus Gruyere Tart

Spring has Sprung: Roasted Carrots, Asparagus on Menu!

Spring has definitely sprung here on my little patch of heaven. Erin, my neighbor across the road, asked if I had time to pick dandelions. My answer? I’d make time. We both picked baskets of dandelion flowers for jellies. A few leaves got tossed in, too, for salads.  The wild violets were growing in profusion right alongside. Those make a lovely jelly or jam. So … Continue reading Spring has Sprung: Roasted Carrots, Asparagus on Menu!

Risotto with Butternut Squash

I was sorting through a basket of gourds when I spied a butternut squash in the bottom. How it got there is a mystery. It was a bit soft in places so I needed to use it quick. Butternut is a good swap for pumpkin, so I made the switch in the risotto recipe I’m sharing. Easy risotto with butternut squash Ingredients 4 cups vegetable … Continue reading Risotto with Butternut Squash

Three Cheese Artichoke Dip for Super Bowl

This week Matt Swaim of the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio, and I chatted about artichokes. Part of the thistle family, an appropriate passage can be found in Gen 3:18 “Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.” In Bible times, the tender leaf and young, undeveloped stalk were eaten, as well as … Continue reading Three Cheese Artichoke Dip for Super Bowl