Sunday, July 20, 2014
It's been hot and muggy, and I'm slightly disappointed in the summer garden. Some things are happy but I'm not getting the kind of growth that I'd hoped for in the new raised garden beds…The pumpkins are small so far, but I'm not giving up
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
S'mores at the beach seems like the perfect summer dessert… but since fires aren't allowed where we picnic in front of the del, I created this S'mores Tart. I made a Graham Cracker Crust…once it cooled, I topped it with Homemade Dark Chocolate Ganache, and topped that with Homemade Marshmallow, which I took a torch to. It sliced and served easily and was great to take to the beach… On this particular evening it was a cloudy sunset, but sometimes, those are the best.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
I think one of the best reasons to make soap, is the way it fills the kitchen with beautiful herbal fragrance. This time for handmade soaps I used Lavender and Honey, Lemon Verbena and Mint, and, Rose Petals and Thyme. Fresh, summery fragrances, clipped from the garden…
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Seems like lots of baked goods coming out of the kitchen lately. Frances brought me several traditional Focaccia Pans from Italy this past spring. She told me that I needed to burn them in a wood fired oven to "season" them , so Nicola did that for me recently . The Focaccia turned out really well in the pans, and released easily. Fresh Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and Herbs on Puff Pastry for a quick appetizer, Brioche Rolls for Burgers, a Summer Peach Tart…and of course, a Rustic Loaf…
Sunday, June 22, 2014
It was a beautiful weekend… A Birthday celebration for me, with wonderful family , great friends, delicious food, and gardening…I also spent a little time making flower arrangements for a Wedding Shower that Tami was giving for her cousin. We knew what we were looking for, went to the flower market, and found gorgeous white hydrangea , blush colored roses, baby's breath and larkspur. The arrangements were simple, and summery .