May 2012

Lemon Green Beans

Lemon Green Beans

Green Beans have to be the easiest vegetable to work with.  They make a cooks life easy if she is cooking for a crowd.  I always go for the french green beans because I think they cook up tender and have a softer flavor.  After a quick blanch you can store these beans in the […]

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My Morning in the Kitchen Garden in Pictures


This morning the Fog was heavy and it made the garden so peaceful.  I took some pics and wanted to share.  The dew was showcasing the spiderwebs and making the plants glow green.  Foghorn was doing his morning jog around the garden letting his crows fly.  There were no bees or butterflies out this early […]

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Italian Potato Salad

Italian Potato Salad Recipe at

This is a Paula Dean recipe, I love to make this for a large group.  The reason – it is perfect for a crowd?  You don’t need to refrigerate it, you leave it to rest on the counter, so you can make it ahead of time and forget about it until its time to eat. […]

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Caprese Salad Skewers

Caprese Salad Skewers at

For a outdoor garden party what better way to say “summer has arrived” than tomato, mozzarella, basil and sweet balsamic glaze salad?  I ended up making 30 skewers – not one was left! To serve this as an appetizer I decided to go mini-size on a skewer.  However, with the summer tomatoes around the corner […]

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Diary of a Dinner Party


I decided to throw a dinner party to bring together my friends before we all got lost in the summer madness and to celebrate my husbands birthday. Though I am no expert on how to throw a party I have done it several times and I thought it might be fun to share the party […]

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What's Soft, Fuzzy, and Silver Green All Over? Lamb's Ears


With leaves the shape, size and plushness of Lamb’s Ears (Stachys byzantina), one look at this plant and its obvious how it got its name. It is native to Northern Turkey, the Southern Caucasus  Mountain region and  Southern Iran where it grows on rocky hills and scrub areas. In other words, it is a weed. I […]

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