Blueberry Coffee Cake

Blueberry season has arrived! At last!  It seems to have arrived late this year, strange considering the unusually warm summer, but my blueberry bushes started producing their first berries last week.  This is the first year that they have produced enough fruit to bake with, which is exciting, considering that they are of a tarter…

Pickled Beet and Chorizo Orzo Salad

It’s the time of year when cold salads abound, from the classic potato and pasta salads, staples of most summer barbecues, to the healthier whole grain salads such as quinoa tabouli and blue cheese farro.  An all-in-one salad that is cool, light, refreshing, and nourishing is a staple to my summer diet, and every year…

Honey Pickles

I felt like I needed to get this post in before the official start of Fall, which happens to be tomorrow, although it still doesn’t feel like Fall.  It’s hard to believe that I turned on my AC last Monday.  Crazy.  Total Boloney.  At this time of year I’m usually contemplating on how long I…

Bourbon Butterscotch Peach Cakes

I have really been slacking on my blog posts lately.  There is just something about these lazy summer days that keeps me out, about, and away from my computer.  The garden, the lake, even laying out on a blanket in the grass seems to be a better draw to me then the kitchen these days….

No-Bake Fruit Tarts

It has been ridiculously hot these past few days.  Hot enough to prevent me from going anywhere near the stove or oven.  I did try grilling once, but that was excruciatingly miserable.  I have been making due with cold food, and just waiting, fingers crossed, for the weather to turn.  This is probably the first…

Starfish Earrings

I spent a few days last week at the beach, hence, the lack of blog updates, but it brought to mind a project I did a couple of years ago for a beachside craft fair – crochet Starfish Earrings.  It’s a great little crochet project.  These quirky earrings are lightweight and perfect for some summer…

Pickled Sweet Corn Salad

Lightly pickled sweet corn in a honey dijon vinaigrette with small cubes of salty feta, sweet bell peppers, and freshly picked chives.  A simple summer salad, that would probably qualify more as a starchy side then an actual salad, but is still a lovely accompaniment to any summer meal.  A lighter alternative to the more…

Strawberry Jam

There is nothing quite like a homemade strawberry jam that highlights the sweet cloying taste of freshly picked, sun-ripen strawberries in every bite.  Freshly picked, sun-ripen strawberries that can’t be found in half-frozen Vermont during the month of April. Therein lies my dilemma.  The berries available to me, at this time of year, are fresh…