make your own salsa verde
  • Tomatillos

    Don't be scared off by their papery hull and sticky coating, tomatillos are easy to cook with. Choose firm green fruits that still have the paper hull intact. A great introduction to cooking with this tasty summer fruit is my recipe for salsa verde.

big salads for summer

I love canned fish. Sardines, anchovies, smoked oysters (okay, not technically fish) and of course, tuna are all staples in my pantry. I should also say that I love good quality canned fish. I’m a snob. I can admit it. But I don’t want to turn people off –you can make an incredibly good Nicoise … Continue reading


Watermelon Loves Feta

It’s summer and the hot weather is here! That means it’s time to break out the simple, no-cooking-required recipes. I can’t seem to get enough of this refreshing watermelon salad. It has it all, a sweet juicy crunch, creamy feta, intoxicating mint, and a truly amazing jalapeΓ±o lime salt finish. On top of all that, … Continue reading


Breakfast on the Go – Homemade Granola Bars

If you read my granola post this might seem a tad familiar – I still have trouble getting my **it together in the morning and I don’t usually feel like eating a thing until later in the day. Coffee and yogurt drink, yes; food, no. Inevitably I’ll be at work when I start to feel … Continue reading


I will be good and eat breakfast

I don’t know what my problem with breakfast is, but there certainly seems to be one. I grew up eating a healthy breakfast. I know it’s good for me. I know it will give me ENERGY! But all I want in the morning is coffee. One really good cup of coffee. Monday through Friday I … Continue reading


Pickled Onions are Wonderful

They are quite wonderfully complex and crunchy. Everyone should have a jar of these outstanding pickles in their fridge. They are that good. They’re also the easiest condiment to make. Ever. You probably have all the ingredients to make them right now. Aaaannnnnndd, the red onions turn a lovely hot pink! I can tell you’re … Continue reading


mmmm Membrillo

They dined on mince and slices of quince, Which they ate with a runcible spoon; And hand in hand on the edge of the sand They danced by the light of the moon. ~ “The Owl and the Pussycat,” by Edward Lear A little history It is said that quince is the real forbidden fruit … Continue reading


Bacon Toffee (Yes, that’s right, candy with meat)

I wish I could take credit for inventing this crazy confection, I can’t. I fell in love with someone else’s sweet bacony treats. They were so sweet, salty, smoky, crunchy, buttery and expensive. I had to figure out how to make them myself… My first time making this toffee was also my first time making … Continue reading


Eggplant of My Dreams

It’s the height of summer here in Maine and that means the best produce of the year. I am always seduced by the new varieties that appear at the market, their colors and shapes inspire me to try something new. A perfect example of this were these miniature purple “fairytale” eggplants. They were irresistible to … Continue reading


Animal Puppets (not edible)

I’ve gone off on a tangent for about a month making cute things for babies. Apparently they’re all the rage, because everyone seems to be having one. Personally, I’d like to get another cat (current cat total being zero), or maybe a parakeet (I taught the last one to talk!) and I’ll leave the poopy … Continue reading


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