easy thai basil ginger-pickled cucumbers

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I love the scent of vanilla sugar.  This morning I topped off my canister of vanilla scented sugar with a new bag of sugar from the market-just smells so good!  I am a baker at heart, but today it’s all about chilled spicy pickled cucumbers.  This easy recipe is perfect for a Summer picnic.  It’s […]

Garden Vegetable Quiche Sans Le Crust

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One of my favorite surprises waiting for me after a vacation is the patch of ground outside our back door;  checking out which plants are blooming, bearing fruit or just plain pushing out a few new leaves.  While we played golf in driving rain and freezing wind on the Old Course at Saint Andrews, among […]

Spicy Carrot Fritters with Grape Tomato Salsa

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These fritters are more like potato latkes with carrots but I like the idea of a fritter with carrots so fritters it is! You can control the amount of spiciness you like in these carrot fritters by adding more red pepper flakes to the batter or more jalapeno pepper to the tomato salsa.  I took […]

Early Spring Vegetable Sandwiches with Slightly Chunky Fava Bean Spread On Fresh Baked Focaccia Rolls

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Seriously I don’t know what came over me today but I had a craving for a vegetarian sandwich on a fresh baked focaccia  roll.  It may have been the first sighting of fava beans in the market that got me started with this sandwich idea using one of my favorite chunky vegetable spreads.  Back in […]

Broth Braised Yukon Gold Potatoes for French Fridays with Dorie

Tonight I’m serving my Broth Braised Yukon Gold Potatoes on the side with New York strip steaks, roasted red peppers and arugula salad but I can also see these delicate cubed potatoes served alongside chicken or fish.  The small cubes of peeled Yukon Gold potatoes cook in the broth to make their own creamy sauce […]

Cauliflower Bacon Gratin with Cream and Fresh Herbs for French Fridays

In the spirit of the holiday season and for French Fridays with Dorie I made one last dish full of cream, eggs, bacon and cheese before fat free veggies make their triumphant return next week to ring in the new healthier year.  This classic cauliflower gratin is that ‘Wow’ dish for entertaining which can be […]

Corn Soup with Tomato and Sugar Snap Pea Salad for French Fridays

Could there ever be too much ripe sweet corn?  Sometimes at the end of Summer if feels that way when the corn is piled high in the market or overflowing in a large bin at a farm stand.  There are a lot of things out there to make with fresh corn but one of my […]

Slow Roasted Garden Tomatoes For Two

This week’s recipe from Around My French Tableis a simple and delicious way to prepare tomatoes.  A few generous handfuls of assorted tomatoes from my garden patch, sliced, drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with fresh thyme, sea salt and thinly sliced garlic ignored for a while in a slow oven and there you have it. […]

The Best Way to Enjoy Padron Peppers

Padron peppers are Luis Castelero’s pride and joy.  He grows Padron peppers at his ranch in Lake County, California and likes to serve them in the purest way which is using the following recipe that he shared with me.  It goes something like this, blistered in a heavy skillet coated with olive oil and then […]

Favorite Spring Vegetable Pot-Au-Feu for French Fridays with Dorie

Change is in the air, nothing stays the same forever including a suggested recipe for warm weather vegetables from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan.  Referred to as a springboard recipe and in my case it was also an ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ recipe as I reached deep into my fridge to pull […]