Category: Summer’s Bounty

Fresh Bean Salad

For a printer friendly version of this recipe, click here. Makes Approximately 6 Servings When beans are in season, either your own home grown, or bought at your local farmer’s markets, it’s time to make this salad! A very tasty

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Kitchen Tips

Crunchy Dill Pickles

Dill pickles are one of the things that we like a lot at our house. We have been canning/preserving them every year for it seems like forever…and when you present a jar to friends, are they ever happy! Cold, crisp and

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Summer – What’s In Season??

Early summer to, alas, the end of summer. Or should we say, what’s not in season? This is just the best time of the year for a cook. The choices are endless and that makes menu planning both exciting and

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Roasted Tomato Crostini With Lardo

For a printer friendly version of this recipe, click here. Never will I forget my first taste of lardo! It was in Panzano in Chianti and oh my, was it amazing or what. I might have been a little hesitant but

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Why I Use Fresh Herbs

Using fresh herbs instead of dried ones adds a different dimension to your cooking. It is quite amazing the different nuances that fresh herbs lend to a dish. I like to grow rosemary, basil, flat-leaf parsley, thyme, oregano, marjoram and sage.

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My First Arancini

For a printer friendly version of this recipe, click here. The other day I was trying to figure out what the heck to do with that left-over saffron risotto from the other night. Having just returned from Italy guess what

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Afternoon Tea At The Del Rey

I am craving afternoon tea outside in the garden but it’s still not patio weather!  So a friend and I took ourselves to Rosie Daikin’s “Butter Tea Room” on Arbutus Street for afternoon tea!   So, I simply have to blog about a

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