Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry shortcake is one of those desserts that has withstood the test of time.  With mentions in cookbooks dating back to the 1500’s and Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, this combination of fruit, cream and cake has won the hearts and sweet tooths of generations. As a child, I devoured bowls of sweet biscuit topped with unsweetened strawberries drizzled […]

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Fresh Cranberry Relish

Fresh Cranberry Relish The holidays are nothing without tradition. Likely, your Thanksgiving table has looked basically the same each November for as long as you can remember. Holiday meals are a time to reflect on our forbearers and the sacrifices they made so that we can enjoy a prosperous, blessed life. These gatherings also give us occasion to peer into […]

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How to Choose the Perfect Watermelon 

With the 4th of July just around the corner, knowing how to pick the perfect watermelon is an essential culinary skill. With some sleuthing and a little luck, you’ll be enjoying slice after cool slice of nature’s summer candy. Examine the skin. Ideally, the whole melon will be a deep green. Most melons will develop a light spot while sitting […]

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How to Choose a Cantaloupe 

Picking the perfect melon can seem mystifying, but with these simple steps you will come away with a real winner nearly every time. Smell the stem end. All melons have a stem end as well as a blossom end. The stem end should smell fragrant and like a bowl of fresh cantaloupe. If it smells green it’s likely underripe. An […]

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Tropical Shave Ice

Two friends of mine posted photos of themselves in Hawaii on social media today. I immediately felt jealousy and a craving for shave ice. Not the kind with sticky syrup in every color of the rainbow, but the kind made of tropical fruit with a big scoop of ice cream at the bottom. This sauce is the perfect topper for […]

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Strawberry Freezer Jam

Have you read the children’s book, The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear?  The sneaky fox goes to great lengths to get just half of a juicy strawberry and I certainly don’t blame him.  A fresh-picked berry is nature’s perfect treat. They are unique in taste and structure, being the only fruit to bear its […]

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Cranberry Peach Smoothie

Last night’s smoothie was so great I had to share it!  It was born of a need to decrease the freezer content. Putting something new in the freezer has become a joke around here, with all the food preservation and freezer meals we have crammed in there.  So, we are going to work on using ingredients and meals we already […]

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