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 eat as many fresh tomatoes as I can this time of year.  I’ve also been putting away a lot of sauce, or as Italians call it, gravy.  And tomato soup!  … [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 | GreenThumbWhiteApron.com

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 | GreenThumbWhiteApron.com

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...]

MisterMartha.com Issued Cease & Desist from Martha Stewart and forces name change

Making Lemonade Out of Lemons: The MisterMartha.com Name Change

There are times when you have to make lemonade out of the sour lemons that get thrown your way.  This is one of those times. Here’s the scoop:  I thought that fancy letter I received from She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named was an invitation to brunch, but, … [Read More...]

The Blueberry Bramble Cocktail | MisterMartha.com

The Blueberry Bramble Cocktail

Blueberries have long been a source of inspiration. In songs --- Blueberry Hill is a popular song published in 1940 best remembered for its 1950s rock n' roll version by Fats Domino. In movies --- Remember Willy Wonka and the Chocolate … [Read More...]