Basil is one of my favorite summer things. I think I could eat some combination of basil, tomato, and cheese everyday until fall and never be tired of it. I love to keep basil growing in our garden so that we have it on hand all summer long. Basil leaves are the tastiest when you … Continue reading Pesto!

Grilled Artichokes

The artichoke: a food I never understood as a child. I watched, horrified, when friends and relatives would pick apart their boiled, grey leaves and use them to scoop up gobs of mayonnaise before dragging each leaf between their teeth. I did not understand the appeal. Then one day, on a whim, I tumbled a few … Continue reading Grilled Artichokes


On a hot summer day, few things are as simple to make and as good to eat as a fresh caprese salad. All it takes is five minutes and six ingredients: Tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, olive oil, salt and pepper. When making simple dishes like this, the key is to use fresh, high quality ingredients. I … Continue reading Caprese


The hot summer weather has brought around one of the best parts of keeping a garden: harvesting tomatoes! Growing up, I hated tomatoes. Tomato slices where cold, slimy, tasteless burger spoilers. They were pale, mealy, mushy sandwich ruiners. It wasn't till I was introduced to garden fresh, vine ripened, in season tomatoes in my early … Continue reading Tomatoes!


I love strawberries. As a very small girl, I once sat and ate so many fresh strawberries that I broke out in a rash all over my little juice stained face. My mom loves to joke that this is why my hair is red. When the weather starts to turn warm and ripe berries flood the farmers markets and groceries … Continue reading Strawberries!!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes you just need a homemade cookie. Every family has one perfect cookie recipe that fills the house with the smell of baking butter and sugar and fills our hearts with joy. That just like so-and-so used to bake cookie magic that will cure any bad day. In our house, that recipe is for chocolate chip … Continue reading Chocolate Chip Cookies

Meyer Lemons!

In my father in-law's garden, right now, is a Meyer lemon tree dripping with lovely fruit ripe for the picking. Whenever I pass it, it calls my name and whispers to me all the lovely things I could be baking or cooking with its sweet juice or the zest of its golden rind. I had never heard … Continue reading Meyer Lemons!