The traditional grain of the Mediterranean, farro is a hearty grain that was a mainstay of the daily diet in ancient Rome. Its nutty flavor and chewy texture works perfectly in our Farmer’s Market Farro Salad that gets a delightful hint of sweetness from strawberries.

Farmer’s Market Farro Salad

Have you tried farro? In a world of quinoa this and quinoa that, I thought it was time to shine a little light on one of my favorite grains. Farro. Farro is an ancient grain that has been around for centuries and has even been found in the tombs of Egyptian kings.  It’s a hearty grain that was a mainstay of the daily diet in ancient Rome. I was listening to NPR awhile back and … [Read More...]

This irresistible and versatile dessert can be madein advance and baked in the oven or on the grill just before serving. Oats and nuts add texture and crunch complimenting the juicy fruit filling. Cast iron cooking at its finest!

Sweet Cherry Crisp with Almond-Crumb Topping

Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end of summer so why not take your grill out for one last whirl?  Would you believe me if I told you that you don't even have to turn on the oven to make this Fresh Sweet Cherry Crisp with Almond-Crumb Topping?  … [Read More...]

A wine based cocktail from Spain and Portugal, the makeup of this fruity drink varies greatly. Sangria almost always contains fresh fruit, vodka or brandy, and a sweetener ranging from orange juice to honey. With such a wide range of possibilities, I set off to make a lighter version containing fresh summer berries that I’ve been enjoying from this year’s garden.

Summer Berry Sparkling Sangria

Sangria. saŋˈɡriːə saŋ-ˈgrē-ə San-GREE-a! Have you tried it?  However you say it, put this on your end of summer to-do list. A wine based cocktail from Spain and Portugal, the makeup of this fruity drink varies greatly.  Sangria … [Read More...]

Tender al dente orzo pasta with an addictive lemony vinaigrette makes for a scrumptious summer salad. The perfect make ahead dish for picnics or potlucks. Summer Orzo Salad with Fire Roasted Corn & Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette |

Summer Orzo Salad with Fire Roasted Corn & Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette

Summer's sultry heat is here to stay awhile and that means one thing:  Gardens and farm stands everywhere are bursting at the seams with fresh fruits and vegetables.  If you have a garden, even a small one, chances are you have more than you need … [Read More...]

Zinnias are of the easiest annuals to grow from seed, are heavy bloomers, and come in a variety of colors and sizes from which to choose. Since they don’t like to be transplanted, simply sow directly in the garden after the danger of frost has passed. Colorful fusia zinnia perfect for a summer garden.

Garden Primer: Mad About Zinnias

It’s that time of year when I start taking stock of how the garden performed this year and what I need to change, adjust, adapt, and amend.  While good soil, sunshine, and water are necessities of a successful garden, one thing that’s often an … [Read More...]

Better than coffee shop muffins hot out of the oven in less than 30 minutes? Sign me up! Trade the butter for olive oil to elevate the taste and create a super moist texture.

Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins with Pecan Streusel Topping

It's blueberry season here at Kraemer House and, after several years of nurturing the fickle bushes, I'm happy to report that they are looking great and producing nicely.  I've loved blueberries long before they became so popular.  I'm old so that's … [Read More...]

Early Summer photographic highlights of this delightful backyard garden.

How Does Your Garden Grow? | Early Summer, 2015

Blink and you miss it. Subtle changes in the garden occur throughout the day and I often find myself watching nature's showstopping display while accomplishing nothing.  I know this time is fleeting and I want to soak it all in.  It's ridiculously … [Read More...]

There are several ways to cook corn on the grill. You can wrap it in foil or just throw it on the grill, but if you want über moist corn with a fragrant smokey-charred flavor, follow these simple steps and you’ll be enjoying delicious grilled corn on the cob in no time. Carefully peel back the husks leaving them attached to the base of the corn; remove and discard silk. Under running water, use a vegetable brush to remove any excess silk. Pull husks back over corn and place in the bowl of cold water. Let soak for 10 minutes. Remove corn from water, drain, and pat dry. Lightly oil the grill grate and place corn on hot grates for 3 minutes. Turn and grill for another 3 minutes. This allows the corn to steam and cook inside the husk. Remove from heat and carefully pull back the husks exposing the corn. Generously brush corn with the olive oil and return to hot grill, turning with tongs as necessary to achieve lightly charred grill marks on the corn, about 15 minutes.

Olive Oil Grilled Corn on the Cob

The fields have been plowed, the seeds have been planted and, with just the right mix of sun and rain, delicious ears of one of summer’s finest offerings — sweet corn — will soon be available in grocery stores and farm stands near you if not … [Read More...]

Easy summertime grilling recipe with a few simple ingredients. Grilled Chicken with Lemon Caper Sauce |

Grilled Chicken with Lemon-Caper Sauce

Listen up you guys.  If you’re turning on the oven this time of year you’re doing it all wrong.  Cooking over open flames is what summer is all about. And for those of you who can’t have a grill because of rules and regs where you live, I know you … [Read More...]

Bake this super simple cherry crostata (cherry pie, cherry galette) in 30 minutes with only 5 ingredients!

30 Minute Tart Cherry Crostata

What does summer taste like to you?  That’s really not a fair question because there are so many things to choose from this time of year.  Maybe a juicy peach or vine ripe tomato?  How about plump blueberries or crispy cucumbers?  Cherries?  … [Read More...]

A summertime gathering may be a casual affair but that doesn’t mean a little planning is in order. While bringing out the good china and polishing the silver isn’t necessary, following a few tried and trusted tips will ensure success and a good time had by all.

Easy Entertaining Tips For A Successful Summertime Gathering

Let’s gather around a grill and celebrate America’s birthday! July 4th could be called The Great American Cookout because every year around the country, friends and family come together to celebrate all the best things summer has to offer. And at the … [Read More...]