Diane’s Dill Pickles

I never thought I would get into to pickling, but one year one of Derek’s cousins sent me home from a family gathering with bowls full of pickling cucumbers and his Mom said she would help me pickle them, so there was my introduction to pickling.  I learned that pickling is easy!  It’s one of…

Sauteed Snap Peas

I forgot about the sugar snap peas in the garden for a few days, and when I went to check on them today there were way more than we could eat in one sitting.  Not necessarily a problem since they keep well in the fridge, but I remembered seeing a recipe for sauteed snap peas…

Corn Fritters

It’s corn season!  Just plain ol’ corn on the cob is great, but I also love to cook with fresh corn.  Tonight I made some corn fritters that had the perfect amount of whole corn kernels the consistency wasn’t too runny or soggy or greasy.  Credit goes to my latest issue of Cooks Illustrated for…

Napa Cabbage Slaws

Last week I was reading through one of my old Cooks Illustrated magazines and came across a recipe for coleslaws using napa cabbage.  It thought that sounded fun, so when I was at the grocery store I picked up some napa cabbage.  Then, I had some left over grated ginger from another dinner earlier this…

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pine Nuts

A few Christmases ago my Mom and George and George’s two kids joined my family at our place for Christmas.  Now I like brussel sprouts to be begin with, and I’m a huge fan of all roasted vegetables.  But Christine’s boyfriend at the time treated us to the best roasted brussel sprouts, and he threw…

Lemon Pepper Red Potatoes

I have to give another shout out to Jenny Sarantis for this idea.  She served these to us for dinner one night, and I thought they were so good.  She basically just boiled red potatoes and dressed them with olive oil, lemon pepper, and fresh dill.  I never would have come up with that combination…

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

I made something earlier this week that called for tomato juice and then I had a whole huge jug of it left in my fridge.  I hate for things to go to waste and love to repurpose things, so tonight I made it into tomato basil soup.  I found the recipe on Cookpad.  I’ve never…

Lily’s Kale Salad

I have to give credit to Lily Darais for introducing me to this salad too.  One night I invited her family to join us at our place for dinner.  She offered to bring a salad.  And I have to be honest, when she came over my house with all the ingredients to make her salad…

Cauliflower Soup

This was another Cooks Illustrated find.  I love this recipe because it’s so creamy but doesn’t have any cream in it.  It calls for putting cauliflower in two different waves because supposedly cauliflower have a different taste depending on how longer it is simmered.  So cooking half of the cauliflower longer gives two different tastes…

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Halloween inevitably brings pumpkin carving and pumpkin carving means roasted pumpkin seeds.  We’ve got pumpkin carving down to a science at our house.  They kids and I dream up what we want on our pumpkins all day long this usually involves some googling for pictures to copy.  Derek does all the knife work after watching…

Roasted Artichokes

I love artichokes and so do my kids.  In the past I have always either microwaved or steamed artichokes, but it takes forever.  I came across this Cooks Illustrated recipe for roasted artichokes and I now only do them this way.  There’s a little more prep on the front end, but they cook in just…

Apple Chips

We have the most amazing apple tree in our backyard that produces these ginormous sweet red apples.  Everyone always asked me what kind they are and I really don’t know.  I feel like most people can apple sauce with their apples, but I don’t particularly like apple sauce.  We mostly dry our apples in ring…