Hot summer days inspire chilled recipes. Summer heat waves make you want to stay inside where it’s cool. On days when the temperatures go into triple digits, you need central air. All water coolers do by that time is blow hot air inside. Such hot days make me want to eat recipes for chilled fruit or veggies. Appetites lessen somewhat on a scorching day. Here are a number of recipes to cool you down while weathering the heat: Beet (with the beet greens) and berry smoothie! Start your day with this appetizing drink. Who needs coffee when you can enjoy a breakfast blender meal thatRead More →

“Women who eat more fruits and vegetables reduce weight gain by 24 percent,” a major study revealed, according to The Kitchen Table Book. Berries Visit your local farmers market and pay attention to all of the beautiful fruits and vegetables. You’ll see fresh produce you’ve never noticed if you’re like me. The other day I went to a farmers market for, specifically, strawberries and blueberries and a couple of vegetables. I’d seen a strawberry beverage recipe I couldn’t wait to try, and blueberries are so healthy and good. But I saw a basket of beautiful plump blackberriesRead More →

McIntosh Apple-Less Tree

Does an apple a day keep you feeling healthy? It’s that time of year – apple season. Apple trees are supposed to grow well in the High Desert I was told. Since I love apples and had been trying my hand at gardening vegetables, I thought why not plant an apple tree and other fruit. I purchased a grape vine (that’s growing like crazy) and a dwarf McIntosh tree that planted last fall. In the fall the little tree had tiny apples that actually tasted good. Come spring, beautiful blossoms grew. Surely, I’ll have a nice bunch of apples in the fall – I thought.Read More →

 Apricots, Berries, and Dessert   Back on July 4th holiday weekend, I visited with a neighbor over a cup of coffee and a mini croissant, treats offered by my neighbor. She showed me her apricot tree full with ripe fruit ready for the picking. She filled a large bowl with the apricots and said I could have as many as I wanted. I took half of the amount home and made my first apricot cobbler. I had made peach cobblers before but never an apricot cobbler. Since the holiday weekend, my neighbor made apricot jam and brought me a jar of it. I made anotherRead More →

You know what happens when a blogger buys a half flat of strawberries? Blog a series of posts about strawberry recipes. I’ve had fun coming up with these recipes, hoping they will actually taste good. It’s all about experimenting. Experimenting – that’s what my new friend Angel told me yesterday that she was doing when she came up with a butter cream (at least that’s my name for it) for cornbread. She makes the cornbread in a round small pan and tops it with a walnut or pecan. I purchased one of these at a vintage shop called Sugar Shack. A tiny container filled withRead More →