summer

Warm Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Sauce

The Peach is the thing. If you have nice, ripe peaches for this dessert it will be heavenly!  And it’s so fast to put together – you can even use Bisquick instead of the shortcake recipe if you’re pressed for time (I certainly have done that before).  The vanilla sauce brings out the flavor of the peaches.  And if there are leftovers, it’s good for breakfast.

summer

Out of the Heartland…

…Come the simplest yet most satisfying of foods.  One of my absolute favorites is corn on the cob.  What could be more ordinary, right?  Wrong.  Like so many things in life, it’s all in the presentation.  When I was a kid, we had a corn patch on our farm and I would be sent out on a summer day to pick a couple dozen ears and bring them in for lunch.  That was all we would eat – a corn […]

summer

It’s Summertime

“it’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine … it’s summertime!” — Kenny Chesney In the interest of keeping a simple picnic simple, here is my offering for a summer cocktail. Again, there are lots of beautiful red, white and blue cocktails out there made with rum and other lethal liqueurs to give them their color. They also give the worst imaginable hangovers, and after a certain age one weighs the hangover against the allure of the […]

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The Glorious Fourth

It’s easy to get carried away by the Fourth of July. The weather is good, the produce is plentiful and luscious – and, hey, it’s a long weekend.  What’s not to love?  It’s wholly joyful, and a day that should be shared with others, whether you’re at the beach, in a backyard, or on a rooftop deck. Over the next few posts I’ll be offering up the makings of an easy picnic, beginning with my Great-Grandmother Rogers’ fried chicken recipe. […]