Gelato and Brioche |

Exploring Sicily: The Trip of a Lifetime!

I knew I was going to love this place.  What's not to love about a place where it’s totally acceptable to eat ice cream for breakfast?  Better yet, ice cream stuffed into a tender brioche bun.  Could I have arrived in heaven? I recently had an amazing opportunity to spend some time in Sicily thanks to the fine folks at Colavita Olive Oil.  Back in the spring I won their Better Than Butter … [Read More...]

Kraemer House Garden | September, 2014

How Does Your Garden Grow? | September, 2014

While the bees are busy hoarding their stash for the cooler months on the horizon, we too are buzzing around trying to get as much accomplished in the garden before we’re stuck inside for the winter.  It’s been an amazingly pleasant summer but all … [Read More...]

Easy Tomato Ricotta Tarts: puff pastry, cherry or grape tomatoes, ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, egg, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil, salt, freshly ground black peppercorns

Easy Tomato and Ricota Tarts

I love picking tomatoes.  I guess it’s because I’m always guaranteed a treasure hunt.   As I examine each beautiful sphere and contemplate what goes in the basket, I say to myself — not quite ripe enough — almost ready — perfect! I try to … [Read More...]

Drain until it all looks like oatmeal. Mix in salt and stir the curds gently. At this point you can spoon the curds into a cheese mold or shape into a rustic wheel. How To Make Goat Cheese |

How To Make Goat Cheese | How-To Tuesday!

Today we’re making goat cheese!  Goat cheese, or as the French say it, chèvre, is a deliciously tangy addition to almost any dish, savory or sweet.  Most cheeses require quite a bit of time to properly age, but a few of the softer varieties can be … [Read More...]

Just a few ingredients is all that's require to make Quick Pickled Dilly Beans.

Quick Pickled Dilly Beans

Home canning to preserve food in jars can be intimidating.  So today it’s refrigerator pickles to the rescue!  It’s a quick and easy alternative when you want some instant gratification in the form of crispy and crunchy and dilly and green.  Let’s … [Read More...]

Blanching is a simple cooking technique that helps to preserve the vibrant color and crisp texture of some fresh fruits and vegetables.

How To Blanch Green Beans | How-To Tuesday!

Someone at work the other day asked me what the cooking term blanching is so I thought it might make a good start to How-To Tuesdays here on the ‘ol blog.  Blanching is a simple cooking technique that helps to preserve the vibrant color and crisp … [Read More...]

A beautiful rainbow of vegetables from the garden |

How Does Your Garden Grow? | August, 2014

Do you remember the acronym Roy G. Biv  from when you were a kid?   It stands for red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet and always helped me remember the order of the colors of the rainbow.  I’m not sure why I needed to name those … [Read More...]