Just peachy

   August 31, 2011 3:40 pm

While running errands Monday, I passed a roadside stand packed with peaches. I could not resist pulling over and picking a peck. Knowing I had a few days off to play in the kitchen, my mind went into overdrive. I ate one peach on the way home, just to try the merchandise — luscious. When…

Summer squash pie uses up 4 cups

   August 24, 2011 12:26 pm

Summer squash is upon us. Literally. We’re buried in it. The crisper drawers of gardeners, family members, friends, co-workers are packed. Piles of the prolific veggies are sitting on counters, back porches, hiding under the vine leaves until they’re as big as baseball bats — and you can only make so much zucchini bread. This…

I’m in love

   August 23, 2011 4:13 pm

I get a bunch of food magazines. Not as many as I’d like, but probably as many as I can handle. Oh, one or two more wouldn’t hurt. I found a new one yesterday that I never again want to live without. It’s called Fine Cooking. I nearly threw it away thinking it was too…

Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart

   August 22, 2011 11:32 am

A friend and I recently left the kids with their dads and sneaked off to check out a few new consignment shops near her home in Malvern, Ohio. We had a blast pointing at and picking things up, cooing about their coolness and trying desperately to hang onto our self-control in the midst of such…

New book drawing!!

   August 19, 2011 1:05 pm

Today, I plan to release two cookbooks off my desk and into the world. They are an incongruous pair, which makes sense if you know me. They are: “Weight Watchers Momentum Cookbook,” a few years old, predating the new Points Plus system, but all the nutrition is there, so you can recalculate the points values….

5 things to do with tomatoes without cooking

   August 18, 2011 3:49 pm

I can’t stop thinking about TOMATOES. Neither can my friend, Sherry. She said she is willing to buy the heirlooms I already have, but I can’t part with them for money. Somehow that sullies their priceless-ness. I’ll be happy to give her … one. That is, if there are any left when I get home…

Oops on soup; Chicken Parmesan on deck

   August 17, 2011 1:04 pm

That tomato soup I wrote about yesterday did indeed make it to our dinner table, but it hit a few snags. First, my bread was green and fuzzy, which threw off the whole concept of tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches. But by the time I discovered the fungus, the tomatoes were impatiently waiting in…

The red ones are coming! The red ones are coming!

   August 16, 2011 1:13 pm

I swear I saw a miniature Paul Revere in my garden last night, riding his miniature horse through the tomatoes and screaming at the top of his lungs to alert me to the fact that tomato season is ramping up. We’ve had several already, but now they’re coming 4-6 at a time. I’m not ready…

As cool as a cucumber salad

   August 12, 2011 12:35 pm

I got out of the office briefly yesterday for a visit with Rick and Richard Walker, who run a small tomato and cucumber farm in Edinboro. I went to see what they do for an upcoming story about local produce in supermarkets. At the end of the interview, I finally had to ask the question…

I could use a napa

   August 10, 2011 2:10 pm

My friend Sherry has quite the arsenal of party-friendly recipes. Everything she makes is a hit, including chicken wing dip, pasta salad, turkey chili, Amish friendship bread, guacamole, etc. etc. She has so many it’s hard to choose a favorite, but this one for Nappa Salad is up there somewhere. I could — and have…