Quick, Cool, and Delicious: Cherries without the pie

This recipe came about because I intended to make a cherry pie for a farewell dinner, but got home from an out of town trip later than expected and without time to get a pie together.  Instead, I turned the cherries into a sauce to go with the vanilla ice cream I would have served…

Quick and Delicious: Pasta with radish greens

This recipe is basically a different take on Pasta with Spinach and Sausage.  Sausage may not be the healthiest or most frugal choice of meat, but it is delicious!  And it makes cooking easy because it adds enough flavor that you don’t need to mess with the seasonings too much. The spinach is long gone…

A change of plans

If you’ve only seen the property in October and November, you might be forgiven for forgetting that when spring comes all those trees will get leaves on them, which will shade the south side of the house.  In July this is truly a blessing, but it destroys the plans you had for a prairie garden…

Cranberry Lemon Scones

I love scones. For some reason I have a lot of trouble turning out decent baking powder biscuits, but I’ve had great luck with scones.  I’ve already posted my favorite standby recipe and another more unusual one, and I’m sure there will be more to come (oatmeal scones and gingerbread scones are in the works)….

Thoughts on a Friday

Take [love] into your sphere of labor, where you also mean to lay down your life…and your lifework must succeed.  You can take nothing greater, you need take nothing less.  You may take every accomplishment; you may be braced for every sacrifice; but if you…have not love, it will profit you…nothing. ~From The Greatest Thing…

International Flair: Picadillo

This recipe is originally from a 2007 issue of Latina magazine, but it’s not the same one that’s posted on their website, so I’ll go ahead and post it here.  This version doesn’t have raisins in it.  I’ve made a few modifications, but the basic ingredients and quantities are from the Latina version. Since there’s…

You never know…

…what wonders you might see if you keep your eyes open. (And can you imagine having anything that long sprouting from your head?!) (Or the joys of reclining so gently, and jauntily, on a geranium?)

Special spaghetti sauce

We’re at that awkward season where the spinach has bolted and the lettuce is wilting in the heat, but the rest of the vegetables are little more than blossoms, if that.  While I’m waiting for this year’s garden to start producing more, I’m trying to use up last year’s canned tomatoes, so I tried out…