Fresh Salsa

I have been harvesting tomatoes and jalapeños this week, which means, it is time for some homemade salsa.  The only two ingredients in this recipe that do not come from my garden are the red onion and the salt.  Fresh salsa is one of the easiest things to make, especially with a food processor, and…

Lila’s Fresh Cucumber Pickles

Growing up during the Great Depression my grandmother, Lila, was raised on thrifty, economical cooking.  The recipe below is one of those thrifty recipes that has survived being passed down through the decades due to its subtle, fresh flavors and easy preparation. This is not a recipe for traditional pickles, but a recipe for a…

Caramelized Onion and Brie Tarts

Onions caramelized until golden brown, studded with chopped rosemary, and layered with slabs of creamy brie, in a crunchy, warm, freshly baked tart shell. This recipe makes about 4 (4″) tarts or 1 large tart. Ingredients: 1 batch of homemade Pie Dough (this is a very versatile savory dough, that holds together well, and I…

Pickled Red Onions

A simple, easy to make garnish that will add a slight crunch, a sharp tang, an edge of sweetness, and a pop of color to your salads and sandwiches.  I like onions, but tend to avoid raw ones due to their potent aftertaste.  By pickling my onions I can garnish my food with them without…

Potato Salad with Pickled Red Onions

It is the time of year when BBQ prevails, and most meals revolve around whatever meat gets thrown on the grill and a selection of the expected cold sides.  While I do like a mayonnaise based potato salad, by the time July comes around I have usually had my fill.  There is also something about…