Perfect Fall Breakfast: Amaranth, Apples, and Dried Cherries

Perfect Fall Breakfast: Amaranth, Apples, and Dried Cherries

Posted by: on Oct 24, 2014 | One Comment

Way out here on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, fall has taken hold. The temperatures have settled into the 50s and 60s and the wind has kicked up. It’s absolutely lovely.

End of Summer Fire-roasted Corn Chowder

Posted by: on Sep 14, 2014 | 4 Comments

The final days of summer are here. We have been very busy playing and entertaining for the last month and a half. We spend every moment we can on the boat/Bay/beach during the summer. When we have guests we try to take them both seaside and bayside. We love taking people to the seaside because they are always so blown away by the undeveloped and unpopulated open beaches. Hunting for shells is easy as the beaches aren’t combed clean and fresh treasures wash up regularly.

Overgrown herbs must be harvested!: Uses for mint and lemonbalm

Posted by: on Jun 27, 2014 | 2 Comments

Our herbs were getting out of hand, so I harvested today. I trimmed back the lemon balm first and it doesn’t even look like I touched it! Then I harvested mint, thyme, marjoram, stevia, and our three kinds of basil: Thai, sweet, and lemon.

Sriracha Honey Roasted Peanuts

Sriracha Honey Roasted Peanuts

Posted by: on May 18, 2014 | 4 Comments

The land trust I work for hosts an annual oyster roast in late March or early April. In addition to roasted oysters, we often also have roasted Virginia Peanuts. This year we got flooded out. It was a deluge. Normally, we host the roast outside on a conservation easement. However, the property we’d chosen had a nice long dirt road where 100 cars would end up inevitably stuck in the mud. We moved the event inside and consequently didn’t have roasted oysters or peanuts. However, we already had all the peanuts, which left me with one large black bag of raw Virginia peanuts.

Let’s Go Bananas (for Banana Bread)

Posted by: on Apr 10, 2014 | One Comment

I had some friends over last weekend. My husband is out of town, so we had a girl’s night. I made tacos and friends brought salad, salsa, humus, chips, and wine (LOTS OF WINE).

How to Can Beans and Eat Them for Breakfast

How to Can Beans and Eat Them for Breakfast

Posted by: on Feb 2, 2014 | 4 Comments

One of the things I love about Sundays is the endless potential for projects. I don’t even have to pick one project. I can spend all day Sunday working in the kitchen, sewing, reading, and writing. There is nowhere to go and I don’t have to change out of my pajamas.

Lentil Soup to the Rescue

Lentil Soup to the Rescue

Posted by: on Nov 19, 2013 | 4 Comments

My husband and I are usually really good about cooking meals. We try to limit eating out or eating prepared foods. I usually plan meals before we go to the grocery store to make sure we have all the ingredients on hand. I also try not to go to the grocery store hungry and avoid the middle isles where all the tasty processed junk foods lie. Nevertheless, sometimes we cave.

Chocolate Chip Cookies (Part 2)

Chocolate Chip Cookies (Part 2)

Posted by: on Dec 26, 2012 | 4 Comments

The holiday season always means excessive amounts of baking delicious goodies. This year I made traditional chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and triple chocolate chip cookies. The last two are my favorites. And this year we baked them to share at work as well as with the family. These are not traditional Christmas cookies, which means you have the excuse to bake them anytime!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted by: on Dec 13, 2012 | 11 Comments

I would give my left arm for a tomato right now. I’m right handed, so I think I’ll keep the right arm. And I don’t mean any tomato. I mean a fresh, local, summer, heirloom tomatoes. The kind of tomato you can eat like an apple after picking it fresh from the garden.

Squash Coming Outta My Ears

Squash Coming Outta My Ears

Posted by: on Dec 6, 2012 | 7 Comments

Winter is always a little more bleak when it comes to fresh produce, even plants need a little rest. Sadly we lose those delicious tomatoes of high summer. However, winter holds its own gems.