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Side Dish Veggie

Pattypan Squash or UFO?

August is my favorite month to go to farmer’s markets.  I just seem to find more food treasures during this time of the year.  Our stands seem to have everything from berries to tomatoes to beans.  (Sometimes they have nice young farmhands too but I’m not allowed to bring any of them home.) On my …

Italian Pasta Recipe

Lasagna as I know It

*I have deleted my original post and hope you will like my substitution. Who doesn’t like lasagna?  When you mention the dish; a person is likely to tell you about how their family made it.  Everyone’s family recipe is “the best” and people tend to lean toward the flavors they grew up eating. After I …

Appetizer Recipe

DATE Night

One thing that has kept my marriage of almost 13 years strong is Date Night.  To most people that probably means going out to dinner, maybe dancing or a movie.  For us, it means a night to eat dates!  (Just kidding, we aren’t that lame.) I had never had a date before I met my …

Appetizer Recipe

Bruschetta Basics

One of my favorite parts of summertime is the abundance of fresh tomatoes.   I would love to say I have a green thumb and grow them all myself but I didn’t inherit that gene from my mother.  I am fortunate to live near some wonderful gardeners who always share their bounty.  (They don’t grow anything …

Fruit Recipe Seafood

Blueberry Challenge

Every summer I have one conversation with my friends that seems to last at least two months.  You would think it would be about the hot weather but it’s not.  We talk about blueberries!  (Oh no, another post about blueberries.) Apparently when there is an option to go out and pick blueberries everyone feels the …