i don't know what the tomato growing season has been like in other areas but here in minnesota it has been horrible.
the beginning of summer was colder than normal and it hasn't been hot enough to really help our tomatoes along. it truly seemed like these tomatoes would never ripen.
finally this week our Ildi plants started to produce. Ildis are small yellow grape tomatoes that are so lovely you plant them year after year. They are sweet and tart - best of all one plant produces a lot of tomatoes.
we enjoyed these tomatoes with some fresh mozzarella and homemade croutons. i tossed it all with a lemon vinaigrette - a perfect summer salad.
i love valentine's day. it is the only holiday i really look forward
to. i think it is important to tell the ones you love you love them
every day but to have a day dedicated to just that is amazing. plus who
doesn't love red and pink, flowers, and sweets. Read More
two years? seriously? i am stunned. these last two years have gone by
so quickly. i was really amazed when i figured out it was two years ago
that i wrote my first entry. it is cliche but time really does fly when
you are having fun.
fun really doesn't do it justice. i have
loved working on picky cook more that i ever thought. it has become the
thing i most look forward to in my week. and then to top it all off you
wonderful people leave me the sweetest most wonderful comments. i am a
lucky girl. Read More
being vegetarian or cooking for a vegetarian can be more challenging
around the holidays. i sifted through all my recipes and pulled out a
few that are sure to please the vegetarians and the meat eaters. Read More
i am not sure there was anything i looked forward to more than getting
Gourmet magazine every month. it was always inspiring - full of amazing
photography and food. when i heard about the magazine closing it took
my breath away - literally. what am i going to do without that
magazine?? Read More
finally this week our Ildi plants started to produce. Ildis are small
yellow grape tomatoes that are so lovely you plant them year after
year. They are sweet and tart - best of all one plant produces a lot of
we enjoyed these tomatoes with some fresh mozzarella
and homemade croutons. i tossed it all with a lemon vinaigrette - a
perfect summer salad. Read More
Thinking about what to bring to your July 4th barbecue? Big Brothers Big Sisters has you covered!
To support its youth mentoring programs, Big Brothers Big Sisters of
the Greater Twin Cities (BBBS) is hosting a bake sale with items
ranging from cookies and cupcakes to pies and other delicious sweets
... just in time for the holiday weekend.
there is someone i would like you all to meet - Cheryl from Healthy Lessons. we are participating in Adopt a Blogger together. Adopt a Blogger is an awesome project from Kristen of Dine and Dish where a veteran blogger (me in this case) adopts a newbie blogger (Cheryl) to help them navigate the blogging world. this is one of the many reasons i feel so lucky to be a food blogger - the community is just awesome! Read More
Welcome to the Virtual Great American Bake Sale. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these ebooks will go toward Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale program. Funds raised through Great American Bake Sale are donated to after-school and summer feeding programs--food programs that many kids depend on when school is not in session. Read More
i think most of us have become more price conscience at the grocery store. i know i have. one of expenditures i debate often is whether to "splurge" on organic food. i hate to not buy organic but lets be honest - times are tough.
i have complied a list of produce to buy organic. these foods are often on the "top offenders" lists of food with highest concentrations of pesticides and chemicals. Read More