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The Last Days of Summer Harvest: Blueberry Picking

I’ve been in search of u-pick cherry farms for quite a while, but missed the season (in the Midwest it’s from late July to Mid-August). My next craving was for peaches, so a little research told us there are plenty of u-pick farms to choose from in Coloma, Michigan which is about a 2 1/2 hour drive from our home ... Read More »

Sweet Tomato Preserve

Sweet Tomato Preserve

I.  Love.  Tomatoes. Being Sicilian, you sort of have to or you may never eat. Ok, that’s a bit extreme, I realize.  All jokes aside,  I really do love all the creativity this wonderful summer food allows me to have in the kitchen as I explore a multitude of dishes, no matter what type of cuisine I’m in the mood to cook. At ... Read More »

How to Make Flavored Yogurt and Quick Smoothies

Do you ever get inspired to eat healthy, shop healthy and then just try to make everything possible from certain beautiful foods you find at the grocery store or market? Recently I just wanted to use the plethora of strawberries and blueberries I bought on a whim at Costco, and use up my tart plain homemade yogurt in the fridge. Most ... Read More »

Pollo En Escabeche: Marinated Chicken From Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

The word ‘escabeche’ comes from the Arabic word ‘sikiube’, which means ‘acid’, and is a method for light pickling. In Mexico, escabeches combine vinegar with citrus juices, bay leaves and other herbs. This is a Mayan recipe, so it includes the traditional achiote paste made from annatto seeds and is called ‘recado rojo’. Annatto seeds and ready-made achiote paste can ... Read More »

Parsley-Stuffed Red Snapper

It’s hard to imagine being in the mood for whole fish, but if you live as close as I do to some spectacular indoor fish markets, it just might happen. When I’m in the mood for fish of any sort, I head out to the Super H Market, an Asian mega store that has become my favorite spot for locating ... Read More »

You Can Serve a (Halal) Presidential Inauguration Luncheon, Too

Make your own presidential-style luncheon, halal. Read More »

Keeping Warm, French Style: My Favorite Recipes for French Onion Soup

What Julia Child taught me this winter.... Read More »

Free Sun-Maid Recipe Booklet!

If you read your Sunday coupons carefully, you might have found the ad for a free recipe book on the Sun-Maid Raisins or Dried-Fruit Packages coupon ($1.00 off two). If not, the information below will show you the variety of recipe books they offer. One per household only. Enjoy! And please, share with us if you make any of the ... Read More »

Processing Summer Garden Tomatoes

Just as soon as spring approached, we began contemplating what to plant in our summer garden. The consensus was that we wanted plenty of homemade tomato sauce all winter long, coming from fresh, organic produce. After renting a plot  from our local park district, we made calculations and designs for our 20 x 20 space (which was actually a bit larger once ... Read More »