31 July 2014

Zucchini Blueberry Bread



The dog days of summer are upon us here in New Hampshire. Pete the Smart Corgi flops in the sun most mornings while I get the baking done before the heat builds. This morning I dealt with the first big onslaught of zucchini and the huge amount of blueberries that SB picked up on Gap Mountain. The local paper printed a recipe for a zucchini blueberry quick bread that is lightened up a bit. The batter has plain yogurt, one egg and egg whites, and less oil than my other recipe. The bread is treated with a lemon glaze while it's still warm, which creates a densely sweet slice.

22 July 2014

Creamy Polenta with Broccoli and Sun-Dried Tomatoes



We're getting really beautiful broccoli from the garden right now! The other day, we picked a head that was as large as a bridal bouquet ... so lovely with nice tight florets and brilliant green stems with that lovely velvety look. Golly, I love the summertime produce!

21 July 2014

An Aside ...



I went to lunch with a friend last week at Pickity Place over in Mason, New Hampshire. After lunch, Diane and I meandered around the lovely herb gardens and saw a bird bath perched in the middle of a small raised flower bed. It had flowers floating in it ... so lovely. Well, I don't have a big ceramic bird bath, but I have a pretty pottery bowl and the hollyhocks are blooming alongside the wild daisies. My verbena is a pretty pink this year, too.

If only the Japanese beetles would leave the verbena alone! I have become a mercenary when it comes to Japanese beetles ...I make twice daily patrols of the flower beds, flicking sex-starved gnawing beetles into 'the can of death'. I have a young friend that lives in Brooklyn. She and her husband lament the passing pedestrian children that pick her flowers and wreak havoc on her little green space. I know how she feels, as the beetles are never ending at this time of year. A pest's a pest, I guess.

20 July 2014

Hurray For Berry Season!



So ... I bought this mega-muffin pan a while back to satisfy the muffin maniac in the grey cottage. And this past weekend, I made muffins from the first of the wild blueberries that SB brought down off of Gap Mountain. A worthy muffin recipe with a BIG pay off. These muffins are double the size of a conventional muffin/cupcake tin offering. Not that we're gluttons for a good muffin or anything .......

09 July 2014

Seared Chicken Breasts with Honey & Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes



A simple and very tasty way to deal with a couple chicken breasts ... dinner can be ready in half an hour.
We had ours with a huge mound of steamed Swiss chard and a side of orzo with mushrooms and zucchini. The vegetables for the orzo side were prepared in the pan in which I seared the chicken, so the flavours from the chicken melded with the vegetables nicely. This was a nice summertime meal ... full of vegetables and a soft, sweet and very moist chicken.

06 July 2014

An Aside ...



Don't you just love colorful food ? This smoked salmon and crispy cucumber platter was a hit at our little church this morning. We stood around after the service sipping our lemonade spritzers and slathering stone ground wheat crackers with the herbed cheese spread and topping things off with a little slab of salmon and some cucumber crisps. Who needs lunch after knoshing these ?


05 July 2014

4th of July Pie !!!

The pie was stellar looking - yes? But WAIT! It was far too soupy, which leads me to a burning question -




DOES ANYONE OUT THERE IN BLOG WORLD KNOW THE PROPER RATIO OF CORNSTARCH TO BERRY FRUITS THAT WILL PRODUCE A SMOOTH FILLING SAUCE THAT DOES NOT RUN ALL OVER THE PLACE WHEN THE PIE IS CUT ???????




While everyone at yesterday's 4th celebration raved about the flavour of the pie, this baker was wishing she could get a piece cut and transferred intact to the waiting plate ... so I'm sending my plea out there ...


04 July 2014

IHCC - Time for Small Plate Salmon Cakes



This week Nigel Slater's appetizer or snack recipes are on stage.