Eats of Eden: Rich and French

La Tarte Tatin, fresh from the oven. There’s a meditative quality to peeling and slicing apples. The straight peeler blade leaves flat paths over the curved surface. I’m like a gem cutter, teasing out facets. I create edges where there were none before. Despite blogging about Julia Child’s tarte tatin, my expectation for the dessert […]

Cupcake throwdown!

Just a sneak peak for now of my IronCupcake:Earth Music Challenge cuppy! Friends, I am an official IronCupcake:Earth baker! (And you’re like, “Huh?”) I even have an IC:E badge for Sie macht! (It’s on the right. Oh so official.) IronCupcake:Earth is a monthly themed baking contest, and this month, the theme is music. We want […]

Eats of Eden: Blogging Julia Child

Recently I was looking for something to watch as I ate lunch. I cruised over to PBS’s video archive for something entertaining. (There’s a lot of cool stuff in the archive β€” full episodes of “Frontline” and “Nova” in high definition = awesome.) I came across a collection of Julia Child videos. JC is very […]

Dear Zucchini Diary: Vegetables and chocolate

A chocolate chip slides into the cake’s crevasse. Such a fate! We’re here, friends! At the end of the squash vine. It’s been an interesting trip. It’s been sweet. It’s been savory. There’s been heartbreak and 71 Chips Ahoy! cookies. Thanks for sticking it out with me. I’ve saved my favorite zucchini recipe for last. […]

Dear Zucchini Diary: Two-try tart

Whey drains out of yogurt. I put 1 cup of yogurt in a cheesecloth-lined strainer. The liquid seeped out over two days. The first time I made this recipe, I was underwhelmed. The ricotta was just there, thick and bland. So were the summer squash medallions. The tomato sauce, however β€” nothing more than a […]

Eats of Eden: Apple twofer

Hi there, tiny apple. I wonder how long I’ll keep trying to convince myself that fall isn’t my favorite season. I love summer. Sunlight till 9. Grilling out. Fireflies. Swimming in lakes. But fall is pumpkins and wool and leaves ablaze. Fall is looking back on a great growing season with satisfaction β€” and relief. […]

Dear Zucchini Diary: Ready, set, salad!

The monstrous squash I used to make 71 cookies STILL weighed 2 pounds 14 1/2 ounces! Are you hungry? Like right now? For something light and vegetabley? Have about 6 pounds of summer squash in your fridge? (Erin VH takes a big step forward and raises her hand.) Lucky me! My interest in cooking squash […]

Dear Zucchini Diary: Zucchini Chips Ahoy!

Remember when I warned against letting squash sit too long on the vine? This squash grew to a comical size while we were on vacation. Oops. Baking variations are tricky beasts, because most of baking is chemistry. It’s not like soup (spice it to your liking) or roasting meat (it’s done when it hits this […]

Tomato windfall

Tomatoes from my in-laws’ garden are roasted for soup. Maybe I’m the world’s cruelest vegetarian (nevermind that I’m a meat eater). I love eating vegetables and fruits. I love choosing veggies to plant in the spring. I love vegetables more than meats on pizza (much to my pepperoni-loving husband’s chagrin). Caring for plants, though, that’s […]

The big coverup: Pink stitches

I livened up my teal coverup with hot pink zigzag stitches. Before I get into it, I want to explain my absence. I was on vacation. I wasn’t being lazy. Well, I was being lazy, but not at my house. MVH and I traveled to the southern part of Croatia, also know as Dalmatia. It’s […]

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