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….

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup

“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.” — Ernestine Ulmer Chilled soup is so refreshing in hot weather, isn’t it? I love to order it when I’m eating out, but I don’t make it nearly often enough. Which is pretty silly, when you think about how easy it is to make if you have a food…

Pork Medallions With Chunky Spiced Pear Sauce

You know that old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover?” I have to admit, the photo of this dish is…unimpressive. At best. The flavor is decidedly not unimpressive. It’s delicious! Add to that the fact that it’s quick and easy to prepare — about 30 minutes from “What’s for dinner?” to “Dinner’s ready!”…

Butter Shortcrust

I go back and forth between butter and shortening for my pie crusts. I love the flakiness of a shortening crust, as well as its suitability for using my Perfect-A-Crust to roll it out. (Perfect-A-Crust is an aid for rolling consistent crusts. They don’t make them anymore, but you can sometimes find them on eBay. You…

Roasted Garlic Frittata With Broccolini & Red Peppers

Fresh and delicious, this frittata is adapted from Cooking Light. There are two tricks to the recipe that ensure roasted garlic flavor in every bite. Okay, the garlic technically isn’t roasted, it’s slowly cooked in oil. But by “roasting” it in oil on the stovetop, you get the same roasted flavor with the added benefit of…

Salad Rose: My New Favorite Radish Variety

I have succeeded in my quest for the perfect radish! I found these beauties in the Burpee catalog. Since I have limited row space in my garden, I can only grow a few radishes at a time. I’ve had great success with a beet variety called Cylindra, which produces cylindrical beets rather than spheres. You…

Green Bean & Cucumber Salad

Here’s a quick and easy side dish for those hot summer days when you don’t really feel like cooking. If you have access to local produce, so much the better! You can do the only hot step, blanching the beans, in the morning when it’s still cool. Pop them in the fridge, and finish assembly…