Showing posts from July, 2006

Fruity Gazpacho

Two recipes today, both really show off summer's best fruits! First, an unusual savory-sweet soup I call "Fruity Gazpacho" that's good as an appetizer, an entrée, or truly, even a dessert. It mixes healthy summer fruits and vegetables and is positively fresh and delicious. Make sure to make room in your fridge for a batch this summer! Next, a light and summery fruit salad, sweetened with no more than a little sugar and fresh mint. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipes ~

~ Fruity Gazpacho ~
~ Summer Fruit Salad ~

Fruity Gazpacho Made the List!Best Recipes of 2006 How I Became a Seasonal Cook, Way Back When.Blame the gazpacho.Yes, it was a bowl of tomato-y, onion-y, pepper-y soup that heaved my culinary style into the camp called seasonal fare.Setting: A basement meeting room in a downtown hotel in Kansas City.Time: November, not the unseasonably warm and sunny golden days that Missourians love but an unseasonably wet and bone-chilling day that Missourians dread…

Two Favorite Refrigerator Pickles

Who else loves refrigerator pickles? I have two simple refrigerator pickle recipes for you here. The first refrigerator pickle combines cucumber, bell pepper and sweet onion in a vinegar brine. The second coats small Brussels sprouts in a mustard-y marinade. There's no "canning" here – just keep either of the two refrigerator pickles in the fridge and they'll last for a week or more! Sweet, eh?! ~ Skip Straight to the Recipes ~

~ Cucumber & Pepper Refrigerator Pickles ~
~ Marinated Brussels Sprouts ~

Pinterest Loves It! Summer Meal PrepWhen it’s too hot to cook during summer’s dog days, experience a refreshing waft of cool air just by opening the fridge to reach for a jar or two of pickled vegetables. Both of these slightly pickled salads make for easy, tooth-crunching sides for grilled meat or supper salads.
What Are "Refrigerator Pickles"?"Refrigerator pickle" may not be a universal term but it's what I call pickled vegetabl…

Blueberry Sour Cream Pie

My longtime favorite recipe for blueberry pie, fabulous with fresh blueberries that "pop" in the light sour cream filling and topped with a toasted-almond streusel. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~

"Yes."That’s the answer, always accompanied by a puckish grin, when some of my favorite men, not a yes-man among them, are asked about their favorite pies.Cream pie? Fruit pie? With meringue? À la mode? Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.Left over for breakfast? Yes again, at least when the answer comes from my own father.Credit thirty years of pie-baking to my Uncle Marv, who beamed and extolled and then insisted on seconds with my first pie, a creditable Thanksgiving apple, when I was just sixteen. With such psychic income, what aspiring cook wouldn’t happily enter the pie business?In all that time, this blueberry pie ranks high among favorites. It shouts summer, the berries puffed plump in light, sweet cream. It smells delicious and tastes even better.It will make yes-men (and yes-wome…