Strawberry Scone Sunday

Strawberries n Cream Scones (with vanilla bean lavender sugar) 3 c flour 3/4 c sugar 1 T baking powder 1/2 t salt 10 T unsalted butter (chilled, chopped) 1 c heavy cream 3/4 c whole milk (or all heavy cream, if preferred) 1/2 t vanilla extract 1/2 t almond extract 1 heaping c strawberries (hulled…

Pumpkin Ice Cream and more…

Cyrus and I are in the middle of closing on our first house in Evergreen, CO–a mountain home!  I thought it would be nice to make a special dinner to celebrate.  We made it to the next step in the process–time for the appraisal next week (crossing our fingers!). Last night I prepared the pumpkin custard…

Lighter Eggplant Parmesan with Nitro

Make sure to saute some onions and garlic to incorporate into the homemade tomato sauce!  I like a thicker sauce, so this doesn’t get watery.  Finished the dish with cherry tomatoes and arugula to get in some fresh greens and juicy tomatoes  Nitro with “The Mustache”

Creamy Lobster Mac n Cheese

My first time preparing lobster was a complete success!  I cut the top of the shell to release the meat and broiled this guy with a little butter and crushed garlic for about 4-6 minutes. Then I added it to my homemade white mac n cheese.  I love these Cavatappi noodles as they make the…

S’mores Cookie Cups and Pumpkin Pop-tarts 

When I think about fall, I think about pumpkins, changing leaves, camping weather…and S’mores!!  I also anticipate autumn festivals: first Tulsa State Fair followed by Oktober Fest.  Last year I went to the fair once but visited 3 different Oktober Fests (two in one day!) while driving around Lake Tahoe.  Oktober Fest is celebrated early October…

Homemade Pop Tarts: savory and sweet

Batch number one:  the savory I filled some of these with an aged cheddar, roasted garlic, fresh parsley, and a dollop of ‘Amora Moutarde de Dijon’ (favorite French mustard).  Others were similar but stuffed with a smoked gruyere in place of the cheddar. The one you see oozing with strawberries is filled with homemade strawberry jam…

Homemade Habanero Shrub

Habanero Mezcaritas 1/4 part tequila 1/4 part Mezcal 1/4 part fresh grapefruit juice 1/4 part fresh lime juice sugar to taste (or make your own simple syrup dissolving sugar in warm water) Habanero shrub Shake all (or swirl altogether in big pitcher) with ice and set aside.  Now for my favorite part…mix some fine sea…

Heirloom Tomato Tart with Butternut Squash Soup

Heirloom tomatoes with a ricotta Parmesan filling topped with basil and pesto on a buttery crust  Cored butternut squash and sweet potatoes roasted with butter and salt n pepper baked at 400 for 1 hour or until knife easily inserts into a tender flesh Granny Smith Apple and onion chopped and sauteed lightly in butter…

A Colorful Palate

What a deliciously healthy meal made fresh from the local farmers’ market! Garlic roasted potatoes, beets, carrots… ..with honey goat cheese and fresh tomatoes I served this with zucchini and onions cooked on the stove in butter with Herb de Provence.  I learned to cook these vegetables Provençale style from my lovely French friend Stephane. Thanks to…

The “Tea Party of the Year” -Amie M.

For tea treats I made Lavendar Scones with rosewater drizzle, Swedish Mazarins (the biggest hit), and Soft-batch Confetti Cookies. Confetti Cookies 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or clear for more pure light colored cookies) 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour…

Farmers’ Market Goodness in a salad

Pure goodness!! I decided to call this “Farmers Market Salad,” because I got every ingredient but the apple and avocado from a few different farmers at the local farmer’s market Sunday. Farmers Market Salad Arugula and mixed greens Honey crisp apple Tomato Mint Avocado Salt n pepper Slice, chop, and/or tear all ingredients and toss….

Avocado and Roasted Five Pepper Soup/Sauce?

Roast 3-5 yellow, orange, green, bell peppers, 2-3 poblano, 1 jalapeño, 4-5 tomatillos, and 4-5 cloves garlic drizzled with olive oil. After browning skins, peel away and seed all. Add ingredients above to food processor or blender along with 3-5 avocados (depending on how many servings are needed), and a small bunch of cilantro. Add…