Vanilla Bean Gelato for Hot Summer Days

vanilla bean ice cream final

The high today is supposed to reach 90. It makes it hard to believe that just two weeks ago I was waiting for the overnight lows to stay above freezing before I put my seedlings in the ground. I am hot and sticky, and I am dreaming of the technology that is called central air. You may have heard of it? I had it at one point. In fact, I had it … more

A Little of This, A Little of That and a Winner

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The winner of the Flirty Apron Giveaway is Hannah, who said, "I don’t own an apron, but I would love to!" Congratulations, Hannah! Second, I owe you a recipe this afternoon, but while I'm working on that, there are a few other things you should check out around the web. Jessica over at Good (&CHEAP) Eats asked me to contribute to her Build a … more

Weekly Dinner Menu: 5/17/10

balsamic strawberry sauce

One of the things we strive for when planning our menus is making everything fit together into one nice, neat little package. We look to use ingredients in different ways throughout the week so that we're benefiting from the ability of do-aheads and being able to buy in bulk. We also benefit from a well-stocked pantry. After weeks of nothing … more

A Flirty Apron for You!

flirty apron giveaway

Yesterday I planted my garden. Finally. I planted tomatoes, herbs, squash and cucumbers. I got dirt on my clothes and my hands. There was SUN. Today, I'm giving away an apron in preparation for all the splatters and spills that will come as my garden grows. Flirty Aprons sent me this adorable cherry blossom apron, and I was instantly in … more

Gingered Banana Bread

scooping sugar

The Saturday before Mother's Day I made banana bread out of necessity. I had, yet again, ignored the bananas. It's something I've done frequently in the past month. I can never figure out quite what it is. For months we eat bananas, running out long before our next planned shopping trip and then, we simply don't. They sit there, first with just … more

Weekly Dinner Menu: 5/10/10

cupcake in kid hands

One of the things we strive for when planning our menus is making everything fit together into one nice, neat little package. We look to use ingredients in different ways throughout the week so that we're benefiting from the ability of do-aheads and being able to buy in bulk. We also benefit from a well-stocked pantry. For Mother's Day we … more

Grilled Artichokes and Easy Garlic Aioli

out of the water and into the seasoning

Spring marks the presence of fresh vegetables. You know, the kind that didn't grow in the ground. Artichokes, asparagus, spinach and ramps all start to make their appearance. And while Ole thinks it's cool to grill in the middle of winter, outside with several feet of snow and a temp well below zero, I'm guessing that this is one of those things … more