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Summertime is ripe for the picking of all kinds of fruits and I circle my calendar each year with reminders to pick raspberries, blackberries, cherries, plums and peaches when they are in season. No summer season fades away without me getting my fill of nature’s off…

Let Them Eat (Zucchini) Cake!

Hot, humid and hazy. Al the conditions necessary for zucchini to do more than thrive, like divide and conquer the garden. Granted their itchy deep green leaves and pumpkin yellow flowers are gorgeous but this sprawling veggie is out of control, pushing everything out of t…

Tomato Time

Summer has arrived and so have garden fresh tomatoes, such a welcome change from cardboard varieties that never seem to go away. Take advantage of the many ways fresh tomatoes can be enjoyed. Of course there is my favorite, go to sandwich, the BLT but that’s another…

A Bowlful of Cherry Pits

It's cherry season again and I am usually happy about that but ever since I planted two trees over 6 years ago, nary a cherry has crossed the threshold into my kitchen and that is because I just cannot compete with an army of birds, chipmunks, squirrel and deer. They are …

Your Mother’s Meatballs…Perfected

Who invented the meatball? That’s like asking who invented pasta. We will never know. “Recipes” from long ago happened by accident and utilized the wit and whim of the cook and what was on hand. And so it must be with meatballs. What we do know is that …

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Moms Take the Cake

It doesn't have to be fancy, expensive or unusual. Moms just want to know that they are loved. That costs nothing but if you really want to do something special why not be an angel and make this light as a cloud tasting angel food cake with whipped cream raspberry frostin…

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Kitchen Capers

Have you tried capers? They really give lift to a lot of savory dishes. Capers come from a plant that grows wild in the Mediterranean in craggy, rocky nooks. Their leaves trail down steep walls. Capers are the unopened flower buds of capparis spinos.  They are harves…

Asparagus! Spring’s Culinary Messenger

Tied in neat, tight bundles, like bouquets of flowers, fresh and locally grown tender asparagus makes its welcome appearance from March through June and was well known in antiquity. Its likeness was found carved into the hieroglyphics of ancient Egypt. The Greeks thought …

Fresh Herbs: Italian Palate Power

Fresh herbs have been dazzling the world since ancient times, revered for their healing properties as well as for their culinary flavors. I started my Italian herb garden outside my kitchen door years ago. There I was surrounded with garden tools of the trade and a wheel…

The Thighs Have It

The popularity of chicken thighs has some supermarkets scrambling to keep them in stock. No wonder cooks love them; they are inexpensive, tender, juicy and easy to cook. Grill, pan fry, bake or add them to soup. They become something special when rubbed with a mixture of …

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