Sweet Potato Vine Frittata

Sweet Potato Vine Frittata

Yesterday evening I was out in the garden taking "clippings" from a "Marguerite" sweet potato vine for propagating next year's plants. While snipping the cuttings I tugged a little to hard and out popped a small tuber.  I checked out my other garden containers with sweet potato vines and found a few more. Ornamental sweet […]

Broiled Grouper with Basil Lime Pistou

Grilled Grouper with Basil-Lime Pistou

With all the work we've been doing in the garage cleanup (sale now next weekend) I really wanted dinner to be quick and good. Mr. C would eat pork every day if he could, me not so much.  I picked up some grouper yesterday and  made myself Broiled Grouper with Basil Lime Pistou! Sounds fancy […]

Roasted Tomato and Pancetta Spaghetti

Roasted Tomato and Pancetta Spaghetti

I hope you'll stop by Sunday's Best to share your creative inspiration with us. Tis the season for abundant, big and juicy tomatoes.  Having just bought 60 pounds of tomatoes at the farmers market last week I decided to try something different. I love anything roasted. . . .it is a great way to bring […]

Three Basic Steps to Canning Tomatoes

Yes I Can! 3 Basic Steps To Canning

It's that time of year again, where produce is abundantly available, and thoughts go to canning and preserving. So I've re-shared my post Three Basic Steps to Canning Tomatoes. You might be interested in these too, Homemade Blender Ketchup, Fiesta Corn Relish, Refrigerator Pickled Green Bean, Freezing Whole Corn and Easiest Refrigerator Pickles One summer many years […]

Homemade Italian Spaghetti Sauce

Homemade Italian Spaghetti Sauce

Tomato season is upon us and, to me, making you own Homemade Italian Spaghetti Sauce is a great way to use them! This is an easy sauce to make and the majority of the cooking time is the sauce sitting on the stove top simmering. I used fresh tomatoes but you can also use canned […]

Homemade Chicago Style Giardiniera

Chicago Style Giardiniera

As a child I was born and lived on the far south side of a Chicago neighborhood, West Pullman, IL. It was a new neighborhood and my father built our home.  I attended school/church in the Pullman historic area.  My family is in the masonry business and my paternal grandfather built the church and my […]

Canning/Preserving: Claussen Refrigerator Pickles

Claussen Refrigerator Pickles

The last two weeks pickles have been showing up at the farmers market so I decided to make a batch.  I enjoyed Canning/Preserving: Claussen Refrigerator Pickles seemed perfect since we just ran out of them. I love anything pickled....but I shouldn't be eating them since I am allergic to yeast!  That means yeast bread, vinegar, […]

Homemade Lemon Curd Berry Trifle

Lemon Curd with Berry Trifle

You might not know I love to cook . . . and did so professionally for 20 years. Once I retired  my business my love for cooking re-ignited, all the pressure was gone, the food industry is a high stress and demanding business. With all the available fresh berries I wanted to make Homemade Lemon […]

Farmer’s Market and Preserving Berries

Rasberries

When it's finally time for our Farmers Market to opens (1st Wednesday in June) I am there every week! It's become a social event I really look forward to and provides great fresh fruit,vegetables and plants. Check out the massive increase in farmers markets... 5 Reasons to Shop Your Local Farmers Market: 1)  IT'S FRESH […]

Cooking Thyme In My Cottage Kitchen

Cilantro and Ginger Tilapia

The beautiful weather is back again....our garden is holding her own...and I went to our local farmer's market this morning. What more could a girl want?  Why spending time, in my cottage kitchen, doing what I love to do, cooking and preserving food. Sunlight shinning through, sipping on tea, and sharing with you a dish […]