Lightly sweetened and fragrant from mustard seeds, celery seed and turmeric, these bread and butter pickles are a summer delight.

When I received a large quantity of kirby cucumbers in last week’s CSA basket, I immediately knew what I would be making with them. I’ve always liked pickles, but I LOVE bread and butter pickles. There’s something so satisfying about their sweet and acidic flavors. They’re a great way to add some crunch and sweetness to a sandwich (such as these pulled pork sliders) or served as a simple summer snack.  [Read more...]

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This Cantaloupe Gazpacho is a seasonal, sweet and savory chilled soup. Try serving it in a pitcher at summer parties!

When I was in middle school I wanted to be a movie star. I thought I loved acting. Being on stage gave me a sense of control and purpose. In life I was painfully shy and socially awkward, but on stage I was the center of attention. I knew all my lines and people always applauded for me at the end. They would stare, but it was because they were watching me perform. I was addicted to their applause. It sounds so pathetic, but that’s how desperate I was at the time for people to like me.  [Read more...]

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Orange Grand Marnier Skillet Jam is sweet and chunky with just a hint of booze.

Can you spot me in the above photo? I didn’t realize I was photobombing my own shoot until much later when the images were being edited. I left this one in for fun.  [Read more...]

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Tomato Rhubarb Ketchup is a perfect homemade sauce to celebrate the season. Rhubarb adds a tangy sweetness. Post includes free printable labels!

When I was younger, I was one of those kids who put ketchup on everything. My ketchup obsession has slowed down over the years but I still will not accept french fries or a hamburger without it. A girl needs to have principles. I need my french fries covered in tangy sweet tomato goodness. [Read more...]

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These no-bake pineapple coconut bars are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and paleo!

I’ve only recently become smitten with the combination of pineapple and coconut. Previously, I only associated it with piña coladas, a drink that has never done anything for me. But then a few months ago I dined at a DC restaurant and was intrigued by a dessert on the menu- a coconut pineapple panna cotta with rum gel and espuma colada (a piña colada foam). Some trendy ingredients, but I didn’t care. It was heaven on a plate. [Read more...]

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