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. GreenThumbWhiteApron.com

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 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 … [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 | GreenThumbWhiteApron.com

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. GreenThumbWhiteApron.com

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. GreenThumbWhiteApron.com

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 | GreenThumbWhiteApron.com

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...]

Live chicken cam in HD! Come visit the chickens: Easter Eggers, Golden Laced Wyandotte, Silver Penciled Plymouth Rock, Black Copper Marans, Bielefelder, Cream Crested Legbar, Blue Isbar, and a Rhodebar all named after my favorite Downton Abbey characters!

Welcome to the Chicken Cam!

I never thought I would be so amused by these feathered creatures.  I also had no idea they would have such diverse personalities or the joy I’d have from them eating out of my hand or running up to greet me.  I have spent more time than I would … [Read More...]

watercress is the most ancient of the green vegetables and its use can be traced back to Greek and Roman times. It’s one of the few greens I don’t grow because I can’t keep up with its thirst for water, but I love the peppery bite and just crave it sometimes. It’s delicious alone or mixed with other greens. It’s also excellent in soups and smoothies as well. Watercress is definitely a Super-Veggie and is trademarked as the Super Leaf—ounce for ounce, watercress has more vitamin C than an orange and more calcium than whole milk. Watercress is packed with beta-carotene and vitamin A, and is a better source of vitamins C, B1, B6, K, E, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc, and Potassium than apples, broccoli, and tomatoes. That makes me want to eat some stat! It's perfect in this Watercress Salad with Fresh Herb Vinaigrette. | GreenThumbWhiteApron.com

Watercress Salad with Fresh Herb Vinaigrette

Have you tried watercress? It’s Mother Nature’s version of a natural, good tasting multivitamin! According to Watercress.com — and by the way, do all vegetables have their own website?!? — watercress is the most ancient of the green vegetables and … [Read More...]