Easy Cook: Roasted Cauliflower

Have you ever gone grocery shopping and purchased a gorgeous vegetable or piece of fruit on a whim just because it looked so tempting. But alas, it set on the kitchen counter for several days until it was too over-ripe to use? Yes, ripe produce spoils quickly. It is nice to have some easy ways to prepare the vegetable or fruit with ingredients that are generally in a home pantry; a recipe not requiring alot of time or effort. Hence, Easy Cook: Roasted Cauliflower. Continue reading

Easy & Elegant Cherry Pie

Nothing is more elegant than Cherry Pie. No dessert is so dramatic and aromatic. I became inspired to make a Cherry Pie after I saw a Facebook post of a baker making creative cut-out pie crust toppings in a interesting time-lapsed video. I can do that, I mused. I’ll make a Cherry Pie. Mine wasn’t as perfect as the video; but the pie tasted great. And it was quite easy to make, too. Continue reading

Tangy Plum Bread

Here’s an interesting way to use plums — bake this “Tangy Plums Bread.” With autumn rapidly approaching, plums are in season and they are easy to find. This quick bread is very simple to make, very healthy and best of all, quite delicious. It makes a great breakfast bread or snack and the aromatic flavors of plums and walnuts stand out.

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Barbara’s Peach Chutney – A Small Batch

I love fresh, ripe peaches in the summertime. They make a juicy and aromatic snack and are one of my favorite summer fruits. My cousin, Barbara, from the coastal town of Wilmington, North Carolina, shared one of her favorite recipes and another interesting way to serve peaches. “Maryland Peach Chutney” is a spicy compote of fresh peaches, raisins and apples. I made a small batch and served it with baked chicken and rice.  Continue reading

Aunt Gaye’s Eggplant Caponata

Everybody raves about Aunt Gaye’s Eggplant Caponata. It’s another great recipe for eggplant which includes lots of garden fresh vegetables. These are all chopped up and baked in a simple red wine vinegar and olive oil marinade. The flavors meld together in just the right blend. It’s difficult to stop eating this appetizer.

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“Melt-In-Your-Mouth” Eggplant Stacks: Let’s Cook Summer Vegetables

I like to cook summer vegetables while they are in season. I was surprised and pleased to discover that eggplant grows in a Louisiana garden. The first year that I grew eggplant they flourished with very little attention. Plenty of eggplant to cook and that sent me scrambling for recipes. Here’s one of my favorites. It makes the best of eggplant and other summer vegetables: “Melt-In-Your-Mouth” Eggplant Stacks. Continue reading

Teff Brownies with Hazelnuts: Gluten-Free Cookin’

Teff Browines are soft and moist with a  rich chocolate flavor. And best of all, they are gluten-free. The brownies are made with teff flour, a grain which originated in Ethiopia and now is grown in several western states. At our recent family reunion, the Idaho cousins and farmers shared their business of growing and milling teff grain. I was excited that they brought several samples of teff flour along to share. Continue reading

Happy Cows on an Iowa Dairy Farm

Happy cows make more milk; so says my second cousin’s son, Josh. Richard Blough and son Josh operate a family dairy farm in Iowa. While the trend is a sharp decrease in family-owned farms in this country, this father and son team are bucking the trend and have shown that successful family farming is possible. Josh is the 4th generation to farm this land which will be owned by the Blough family for 100 years as of 2018. 

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Grandma Jackie’s Corn Pudding

When we asked our cousins to suggest favorite family recipes for our Snavely-Blough reunion; Peg and Tim nominated Corn Pudding. It was Tim’s grandmother’s recipe and the corn dish was a perfect fit for our Iowa reunion. Grandma Jackie’s Corn Pudding was delicious. Continue reading