Grilled Asparagus​

I owe my kids an apology. Well, the two younger ones anyway, who never learned to like asparagus. See, I grew up eating asparagus steamed. Plain. I loved it that way, but in retrospect, I realize that’s pretty much the way my mom cooked nearly all vegetables, and not necessarily because it was the best…

Roasted Turnips With Dill and Caraway

The things we do for love. Like, grow turnips! I’ve mentioned before that I grew up thinking I didn’t like them. Thing is, it was a “didn’t like” that was based on precisely zero experience. Not the kind of thing a sciency person such as I likes to admit, maybe, but I was just a…

Roasted Herbed Turnips and Zucchini

The garden got away from me! Well, the growth of some of its inhabitants did. One day I had baby turnips & zucchini. The next day, it seemed, they were enormous! I really didn’t need to plant turnips as early as I did, but I was so excited to get things growing that I overdid…

Roasted Zucchini and Baby Potatoes With Caribbean Seasoning

I’ve really enjoyed finding new and different ways to cook zucchini this summer. It was my first year growing zucchini because I used to think I didn’t like it. Was I ever wrong! I think my misconception came from old habits. When I was growing up (and, sorry kids, when you were growing up, too,)…

Blueberry Balsamic Chicken With Bulgur, Tomatoes, and Kale

I know, blueberries on chicken, right? Not an everyday occurrence! My Chief Taste Tester (a.k.a. husband) is exceptionally open-minded about new foods, but even he was skeptical at first. Trust me, it’s yummy! The flavors in this dish complement each other so well, it’s almost hard to pick out the individual tastes. The result is…

Julie’s Best Ever Blueberry Pie

“It ain’t braggin’ if it’s true!” — Anonymous This is the best blueberry pie you’ll ever make. Or eat, for that matter! I tried other recipes but was never satisfied with them. Some require that you cook the berries on the stove before assembling the pie. No thanks. They end up mushy, and you have…

Sautéed Zucchini With Tomatoes & Cumin

I bet you see tomatoes and zucchini and think, “Italian.” Not this time! The cumin and coriander make this dish a great accompaniment to Margarita Chicken or even a Middle Eastern style meal. The stars are the zucchini and red tomatoes. I tossed in a few green tomatoes because my garden is weird this summer;…

Rosemary-Skewered Shrimp

I came across this recipe years ago (though I don’t recall where) when I was looking for something to use up a lot of rosemary from my garden. Some years, I don’t get much rosemary. It either gets sick or just doesn’t grow very big. Other years, though, there’s more than I can possibly use….