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 […]
This is one of those 20-minute dinners that is more than the sum of its parts. Toss everything together on a sheet pan and let it mingle together for 15 minutes in a hot oven and dinner is done! Black Bean & Butternut Sheet Pan Tacos 1 large butternut squash, cubed 1 red onion, diced 1/2 – 1 jalapeño, finely […]
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 […]
*This post contains affiliate links I am often asked questions regarding when to plant, how to control pests and which crops grow well in certain conditions. While most of this knowledge can be gained from trial and error, it’s definitely helpful to have a few points of reference when you are deciding what to plant and how to care for […]
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 […]
It almost never snows where I live, so when it does, making soup is a requirement. Today we saw the first, and possibly last, white flurries of the season and while the kids were wildly planning to build a gigantic snowman with the 0.047 inches of snow, I was dreaming of a rich, luscious bowl of soup. I still have […]
By request, I give you: Easy Roasted Vegetables Vegetables, of course! (We use this technique for Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, thick slices of cabbage, and butternut squash (or other winter varieties) Olive oil (or avocado oil) Kosher or coarse salt Freshly-ground pepper Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Wash and prep all veggies. Broccoli/Cauliflower: separate large clusters into single pieces about the size you’d see on a raw veggie tray and then slice in half, exposing a flat side. Brussels Sprouts: peel outer layer away. Trim stem ends and slice in half the long way (hot-dog style!). Cabbage: peel outer layer and cut 1 inch slices (they will be a circle) from the whole head. Winter Squash: peel (this peeler will change your life for under $10, promise!) and either cube or cut into 1/2 inch-thick slices. Toss veggies in olive oil until well coated. (Except cabbage, which you will put directly on the pan and then drizzle with oil). Arrange veggies, cut side down, on a baking sheet. You won’t need to grease it as long as you’ve oiled your vegetables well. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Roast at 450 until the underside that is contact with the pan is nice and golden. Use a spatula to lift a few specimens from the pan to check for doneness. Resist the urge to flip them or turn the oven down. I promise they will be perfection! Enjoy!