Photo of jelly jars filled with Lavender-Strawberry Jam Spritzer Cocktail. We make strawberry jam every year and always have it on hand so it seemed natural to use it as a sweeter in this cocktail. When mixed together with a bit of lavender syrup, vanilla infused vodka, and club soda, you’ve got something quite special.

Lavender-Strawberry Jam Spritzer

  Y'all know I love using herbs and aromatics in cocktails and mocktails and drinks of all kinds right?  I guess it’s in my garden-to-table DNA.  Remember the Classy Clementine and the Blueberry Bramble Cocktails?  Or that Rosemary Lemonade I made that time Martha you-know-who wrote me that nasty letter? But what about the floral gifts from the garden?  Why are they relegated to only being … [Read More...]

Strawberry blossoms are an indication of a heavy crop this year.

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Several times during this crazy political season I have sworn off Facebook.  Actually, maybe I swore at Facebook.  The social networking site has always been a great way to keep in touch and to share but all the other noise on there is enough to give … [Read More...]

Perfect Steamed Eggs! The only sure-fire trick is to use old eggs. As eggs age, they gradually lose moisture through the pores in their shell and the air pocket at the tip expands. The pH of the whites also changes, going from a low pH to a relatively high pH, which makes them adhere less strongly to the shell. Farm-fresh eggs will always be tricky to age. Ideally, buy your eggs a week or two before you plan to boil them and let them age in the fridge.

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It’s hard to believe that we’ve had the chickens for almost a year now. Best.  Decision.  Ever. I find myself watching them all the time.  Stalking them on the Chicken Cam when I’m at work.  On the Chicken Cam when I’m in the house wondering … [Read More...]

Substitute carbs with things like this “Cauliflower Couscous with Lime and Cilantro.” The texture is similar to a traditional couscous and the flavor is off the charts delicious!

Cauliflower Couscous with Lime and Cilantro

Last fall I was carrying a 20 pound bag of chicken treats up to the coop when a light bulb went off in my head.  The 20 pound bag of treats I was hauling was equivalent to the extra weight I had gained over the past few years.  That’s a lot of extra … [Read More...]

Ready in 30 minutes because Colavita does most of the work for you in this kid friendly Spaghetti and Meatball Soup. Combine one of the premium all-natural tomato sauces with chicken stock and a few other ingredients to create a delicious soup that’s simply perfect.

Spaghetti and Meatball Soup

Soup for you! Do you love soup like I love soup?  Whether for lunch or dinner, soup is one of those hearty and filling meals that you can feel good about eating.  Personally, I like the anticipation of making the soup.  Sort of like that … [Read More...]

Sea Salt and Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I've made my list and checked it twice. Chocolate fudge Caramel Warm puddings Buttercream by the spoonful Ice cream Anything sweet, salty, crunchy Cookies Cakes Cream puffs... It's that time of year when I begin to crave … [Read More...]

Love risotto but hate the cooking process? Try our baked version of this classic dish for a perfect weeknight meal that’s ready in about an hour!

Creamy Baked Roasted Pumpkin Risotto

Contrary to popular belief, risotto isn't that hard to make.  It is, however, a bit time consuming and takes patience, but it's not difficult.  What?  You have no patience or time and you just want to eat?  Well, I have a delicious solution for you … [Read More...]

Perfect with a cold glass of milk, 3 kinds of chocolate make these gorgeously delicious crinkle cookies with a sweet sprinkle of powdered sugar. Photo credit:

Triple Chocolate Red Velvet-Peppermint Crinkle Cookies

So now that Thanksgiving is behind us, let's keep the celebration going enjoy some more festive indulgences.  With so much going on this time of year, I'm all about simplifying things as much as possible.  Take these Triple Chocolate Red … [Read More...]

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 … [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...]