Great Tools Any Cook Would Love

Great Tools

Do you appreciate having good tools? With the biggest shopping day fast approaching, you may be anticipating taking advantage of some great deals out there.  If you live in my hometown, a favorite local culinary shop The Kitchen Engine is opening extra early (7 am) for Black Friday with some great door buster deals.  Not only will you get low … Read More

Maple Mustard Vinaigrette

Maple Mustard Vinaigrette
This creamy Maple Mustard Vinaigrette takes literally 5 minutes to make.  It's a delicious all-purpose salad dressing, but we especially love it over greens with sliced Sweet Apple Cider Pickled Beets, goat cheese and roasted walnuts.  If you don't have pickled beets, try these Maple Roasted Beets over greens instead.  Sometimes I throw in sliced red onions too. Why didn't I start making ... Read More

Sweet Apple Cider Pickled Beets

Sweet Apple Cider Pickled Beets
The weekend of the 4th was a productive one for us.  We chose to hang around home to catch up on things.  The hubs repainted the Adirondack furniture he built a few years back.  They were transformed from a natural stain to a flat black to match the trim on our house. Beets, kohlrabi and kale were ready to pick ... Read More

10 Ways To Get More Greens On Your Plate

10 ways to get more greens on your plate
There's a big world out there of delicious leafy green vegetables - beyond romaine, spinach and iceberg lettuce, that you can reap enormous health benefits from.  Now is the time they are fresh and plentiful. Gardens and markets offer fresh arugula, kale, Swiss chard, bok choy, watercress, dark green lettuces, mustard greens and collards.  Here are 10 ways to get ... Read More

Herbed Green Bean & Summer Squash Salad

Herbed Green Bean & Summer Squash Salad

Our garden has been hard to keep up with this summer.  Especially since we’ve been visiting grand kids all over the country.  We returned home to abundant produce.   With fresh inspiration, I whipped up a refreshing farm to fork salad recipe to share with you. We journeyed to Nashville, where we celebrated our grand-daughter Haven’s second birthday! We hand … Read More

Asian Kale Slaw

Asian Kale Slaw

Home is a fun place to be. Especially after returning from vacation. The first weekend back we were eager to tackle projects we had been mulling over while away. Jack has been busy in his workshop building beautiful table and chair sets for grand kids. Don’t you love how he stained them in 2 shades? They are really going to … Read More

Avocado, Arugula and Radish Toasts

Avocado, Arugula and Radish Toasts

This long awaited season of fresh garden produce is finally here.  All of our salad fixings are up including arugula and radishes. We’ve been enjoying our own lettuces now for awhile.  So divine!  We were extremely eager for garden fresh produce this year.  At the end of each garden season I make a mental note to not plant so much … Read More

Product Review : The Coolest Salad Lunchbox

The Coolest Salad Lunchbox

Our garden is planted and with the sunny, warm temperatures we’re having, seeds are bursting into sprouted lettuces, kale, chard and lots more.  In a few weeks we will have more lettuce than we know what to do with.  Since we pack a salad for lunch everyday in the summer, I’ve been on the hunt for a handy salad lunchbox.   What … Read More

Baby Greens with Grilled Balsamic Pears

Baby Greens with Grilled Balsamic Pears

Continuing on with the theme of enjoying seasonably lighter meals, this recipe was calling out to me, adapted from Clean Eating by Terry Walters. Her rendition included an avocado in the salad and minced shallots in the dressing.  I had neither on hand so I substituted what I did have on hand which was minced red onion and sliced cukes along with some … Read More

Fresh and Festive : Celery, Sunchoke, Fennel Salad with Green Apple and Walnuts

Celery, Sunchoke, Fennel Salad

Allow me to introduce you to what might be a “new” vegetable on the chopping block.  The Jerusalem Artichoke, which is neither an artichoke, nor from Jerusalem.  Go figure!  The name has morphed over the years, currently also known as the Sunchoke.  They are tubers, similar to potatoes, but they have a sweet, nutty flavor.  In their raw form sunchokes will remind you of the water chestnut because of their crunchy texture and … Read More