Get the Cheese on the Grill

The cherries in the market are still in supply. This is the time of year when we play with all sorts of ways to use this fruit. Last year during the blogathon of 2013 we made cherry bruschetta with goat cheese. There is something about the tang of goat cheese’s creamy texture and the sweetness … Continue reading

dinner revisted with new starring ingredients

Last night’s dinner took advantage of the herbs that are bursting in the garden. Farfalle is a favorite pasta shape for the guys. We picked some basil leaves, sprigs of thyme and a few chives for our pesto bow-tie pasta. The guys prefer a combination of green herbs to mix with the extra-virgin-olive-oil, cheese and pignolia nuts rather … Continue reading

memo from the grill and flying objects

This picture pretty much sums up summertime. Outside at the grill, kids in the pool, only to get out when dinner is ready. We use our grill for just about everything. People forget that a grill, with the oven closed, is just like an oven. Most gas grills will tell you what the internal temperature … Continue reading

iced tea and lemonade ideas

The warm weather makes you want to enjoy a cool and refreshing drink. Lemonade, iced tea, and flavored waters are all summer drinks. Here are some ideas for the months ahead. SUN TEA These containers are available in stores now to make sun tea this summer. You make a simple syrup and fill with water and … Continue reading

cherries and blueberry mini-tarts

The farmers’ market was packed with beautiful fruit lined up in neat rows on this sunny Sunday morning. Yesterday we talked about doing mini-versions of pies and tarts. If you’re not a baker these mini-tarts can be a great way to get you making dessert without sending flour all around your kitchen. These pre-baked shells are made … Continue reading

keeping it real cherry pie filling

Getting cherries ready to use in a recipe requires using a piece of equipment that makes you wonder who was the first person to make it? It’s a handy tool for sure. The cherry pitter. This device slides the pit right out of the middle of the cherry with ease. You can use this kitchen … Continue reading

pork tenderloin part two: cherry salsa

The cherries are ready to be made into a fruity salsa for the pork tenderloin. It’s a colorful topping for the grilled meat with a honey mustard crust. This is the kind of dish you want to plan for leftovers and a great way to work more fruit into your diet. Gorgeous garnet-colored fruit make a salsa that … Continue reading

honey mustard pork tenderloin with cherry salsa

June is the month for cherries. Take advantage of the season and enjoy this fruit now. Cherries can be a topping for ice cream or used as an ingredient in a salad with goat cheese and herbs. One of our favorite uses for cherries is as a  salsa for pork tenderloin. Explore every way you can enjoy them. Today we … Continue reading

what’s in a reduction?

So, here’s the riff on yesterday’s recipe for macerated strawberries. If you were sitting in an elegant restaurant reading the menu by candlelight and it said one of the dessert items was a plate of fresh strawberries with a balsamic reduction you would be intrigued. Here’s the thing to keep in mind. Those restaurant menu … Continue reading