Happy Autumn everyone! Here in the East bay, we are enjoying the very last harvest of our summer garden as the autumn weather begins to cool our days. Drying our excess tomato harvest allows us to enjoy these garden gems "sun dried" style in sauces and soups all winter long. I have been experimenting with … Continue reading “Sun” Dried Tomatoes
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 wanted chocolate, so I made truffles. I love chocolate truffles. They were one of the very first things I learned to make as a teenager when I was taught by one of my very best friends. We had been tasked with making a small film project for a class that we shared and took … Continue reading Dark Chocolate Truffles
There is something about ripe strawberries, homemade shortcake and freshly whipped cream that complement warm summer evenings in a way no other dessert can. When I needed to whip up a treat to take to a Fourth of July BBQ, I grabbed a good strawberry shortcake recipe, dug out my 3" star cookie cutters and … Continue reading Star Spangled Strawberry Shortcake
Every so often, my body wakes up before my alarm sounds. I know this is shocking to those you who know I can sleep forever if not prodded out of bed. Sometimes, these mornings come about after an amazing nights sleep. I wake up feeling refreshed and the new day's sunlight glimmers on the windowsill … Continue reading Strawberry and Rosemary Tea Scones