Broccoli, Sharp Cheddar and Five Herb Soup with Peppered Cornbread

AND NEW KITCHEN GADGETS: While in Laramie, Wyoming I happened upon several great finds in Mimi’s consignment shop – the most exciting of which is this fantastic fish cast iron muffin pan! It’s made by the company Lodge from the U.S. I’m a big fan of cast iron cookware, and have quite a few pieces…

The Garden – Habitat of Love

After being on the road for 2 plus weeks, I was greeted by a garden much wilder and more lush than when I left! So many surprises! Strawberries sending out dozens of new runners – carrot and beet patches like miniature forests, potatoes thronging alongside the gourds, pole beans weaving themselves along the fence, white…

Hot off the Vine: Dolmades!

I’ve always wanted to prepare Greek dolmades – or dolmas from the VERY beginning. From scratch. So the following is my first experience! Living in the place I do has at least a couple dozen advantages, one of them being a BEAUTIFUL home made grape arbor you can sit under with coffee in the morning,…

The Pickle Chronicles

I planted 12 pickling cucumber starts around mid-May, and today picked the first mature cucumbers! YES. Where there are good spicy pickles, cold winter days are tolerable, and a grilled cheese sandwich elevates into heaven. There always seems to be an acclimating time after planting, before vegetables really take hold and begin to thrive.  I spent…

A Moving-in Celebration (and) Eating Local in Denver

This weekend was a greatly anticipated trip to Denver to see my son and daughter-in-law, their new place in the city (and their two dogs, a beagle and chihuahua mix, and cat, of course!) Coming from my garden in rural Colorado and with the cherries, apricots and peaches literally bouncing off the trees right now gave me…

Collard greens and andouille sausage with black eyed peas

For company last night, an impromptu delicious meal with collards and new potatoes from the garden. We started out with a glass of local Black Bridge Winery Chardonnay. These are my family’s heirloom crystal goblets. I remember family holiday dinners across the table from my twin sister Mary, tipping up these glasses as we’d drink our…

Entranced by the Bees

I found myself totally entranced with this photo after I uploaded it. With the beautiful bee, his pollen sacs bulging with the bright morning’s work at the elderberry flowers. The bushes and absolute throngs of bees are just by your head and shoulders, walking back into the garden. Early morning, the flower scent heavy, all…