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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!


Fresh & Seasonal, Perfect for Spring & Summer. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. Naturally Gluten Free. High Protein.

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…

Rhubarb Sorbet

The Recipe: A simple sorbet, just four ingredients! The Conversation: Honoring Charles, the farmer who raises ruby-red rhubarb. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real. The farmers who deliver produce to farm stands deserve grateful tribute.Here, the Scharf farm has the sun and soil to deliver the year’s first spears of asparagus and the smallest, sweetest strawberries shortcake can conjure. Nearby a stand sells grape tomatoes to pop like candy, another dusky, fragrant blackberries.And then there’s Charles.Charles is getting on, you could say. Over the years of my weekly stops at his stand, his back has become a bit stooped. Still, his steps remain sprightly. And while his eyes have turned bleary, still, they sparkle with recognition. There will come a year, I’m afraid, when Charles, like his sister awhile back, will fail to appear in the spring. Each week, I will check, hopeful of his return. And then I will mourn his loss, my loss. So thank you now, Charles, for the riches exchanged for penn…