Showing posts from July, 2010

Carrot & Zucchini Bread

Call me 'picky' but for a long time now, I've been hunting for the one go-to zucchini bread recipe to call my own. This recipe has it all: a generous measure of grated zucchini, bright color from grated carrot, spice-forward from pantry spices. Most of all, this zucchini bread stays moist and fresh for a long time.
Some times? It pays to be picky.
"This is wonderful! ... I followed the recipe to the letter and it was dead on perfect." ~ Anonymous
“Just so you know,” she warned as we walked into the mall on a summer Saturday, “I’m a really picky shopper.” ‘She’ is Kerrin, the almost-21 chemical engineering student who visited for the weekend a couple of weeks back. ‘She’ is the daughter of my dear friends from way-way back, Gary and Lisa (yes, that would be Lisa of My Own Sweet Thyme). ‘She’ is the confident young woman who somehow remains, in voice and energy, a grown-up version of the girl I last saw, then eight years old and a wild risk-taker at far…

First-Prize Peach Pie with Lattice Crust

This recipe won first place in my town's peach pie contest and oh my! what a pie! There's a secret technique for unforgettable peach sweetness here and the best news is, that technique is way simpler than other peach pies. No blanching! No peeling! In fact, whole peaches, skins and all, are what draws out so much peach flavor. This is a blue-ribbon pie, for sure!

Sweet & Deeply Peachy With a Flaky Lattice Crust. A True Summer Classic.

Deviled Eggs with Tomato & Herb Relish

In memory of my friend Linda, plain but plain-delicious deviled eggs, jazzed up with a dab of Tomato & Herb Relish and surrounding a mound of tiny tomatoes. Dear Readers: It’s a fact of life that as we grow older, we will lose friends. But when my friend Linda died last week, it was a first for me and frankly, I struggled to express the loss. I told my sister, “Because of her illness, none of my other friends knew her. Because she wanted me to ignore her illness, I didn’t get to tell her how much she meant to me. I just don't know what to DO with all this sadness.” Ever-wise, Adanna suggested, “Maybe you should write a column.” So please bear with me as I publicly mourn the passing of the woman who privately and enthusiastically encouraged me during the too-short years of our friendship. In Kitchen Parade and A Veggie Venture both, Linda figures in one recipe after another, first as 'my new friend Linda' and soon 'my dear friend Linda' – and now here, in farew…