Showing posts from May, 2005

Rhubarb Country Cobbler

Spring, how fast, turns summer. Past are May Day and Mother’s Day, soon are June grads in black, June brides in white.Soon comes Midsummer, our longest day of the year, upside down from the southern hemisphere where right now fall fast turns winter.Hard-fought from winter, our spring is worthy of remembrance.Ferns that unfurl with time-lapse speed. The parade of spring color, polished pinks and luminous yellows. A spring snow of delicate cherry-blossom petals. The determined green of just-germinated grass. In turn, magnolia-, plum-, honeysuckle-, lilac-, honey locust-, iris- and peony-scented air.Tiny puff-ball bunnies whose favored salad bar, we hope, is someone else’s garden. The dog warming herself on the sun-warmed brick, sniffing the fat air. A pair of robins cavorting, ahem, atop a Boston fern. The first day with enough warm, enough cool, for breakfast, lunch and supper outside. Uniformed little-boy bottoms at-bat, winding up in physical and mental preparation. The winter-pale b…

Roasted Salmon & Asparagus

So simple, at the same time, simply divine. Roast salmon and spring's fresh asparagus together, then top with a lemon-caper vinaigrette. It's a perfect spring supper and truth be told, all summer long at my house. Enjoy! ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~

Roasted Salmon & Asparagus Made the List!Best Recipes of 2005
Let's Talk Salmon.The news is stocked with salmon controversy. Does it make your skin lustrous? So promises one diet regimen. Is dye added to farm-raised salmon? Yup. Do restaurants and supermarkets pass off farm-raised for wild-caught? That too. Here’s my promise: supper should always be so uncomplicated and reliable!The first time I made – assembled might be a better description – this lovely spring combination, it took less than an hour, including, while the oven heated, twenty minutes to wash off garden grime. Or time enough to toss a salad, sip a glass of cool wine, call your sister to catch up on the week. Two Inexpensive Kitchen ToolsWhile n…

Lemon Chive Chicken Salad

A favorite way to make chicken salad, especially for spring and summer. It starts with gently poaching chicken breasts in lemon water, leaving them moist and flavorful. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~

Who Else Is Tempted By Kitchen Gadgets?Every few weeks, a new kitchen tool catches my attention. Rarely however, does attention budge from just looking to buy now.I’ve learned the hard way, you see, to be cautious with both dollars and space, for over-hyped kitchen tools deliver as much utility as cure-all cough remedies.I once fell so hard for a middle-of-the-night infomercial that I bought two juicers, one for my parents who had planted citrus trees at their place in Florida. Both were soon relegated to the dust bin. Ooops ... But the microplane grating products that appeared awhile back do deliver on their promise. In just seconds, a microplane creates piles of weightless lemon zest and grated Parmesan. Others rave about grating nutmeg, coconut, onion, ginger and chocolate. (See? No pr…