Grilled Fava Beans with Balsamic Vinegar

Grilled Fava Beans with Balsamic Vinegar -

I was at a girlfriend’s house recently and in the midst of muddling up some fresh Mojitos she passed me a bag of something from her farm CSA and asked me what they were.  I looked in the bag and initially thought they were snap peas or sugar peas.  Upon closer inspection I notice their much larger size both in length and girth, as well as some raised imperfections on the outer pod.  I recognized them as Fava Beans.  Only seeing them once a year they can be mistaken for smaller varieties of peas … CONTINUE READING

Back to School: The Perfect Lunch Box and $100 Giveaway!

Back to School- PackIt Freezable Lunch Cooler Bags -

I find the start to the school year akin to someone sneaking up behind me in a dark alley, jumping out with a scream causing a near heart attack.  No matter how well we’ve tracked the calendar there is no waning of summer.  We hold on tight until the very last second somewhat in denial, until wheeling newly shorn tots with spotless shoes and tidy backpacks out the door onto the school bus. The entire effort of lunch-making becomes a re-engineering project annually in my household.  My … CONTINUE READING

Spicy Grilled Whole Pineapple in a Bacon Weave

Spicy Grilled Whole Pineapple Wrapped in Bacon -

Historically I haven’t collaborated on recipes however an opportunity presented itself that was just too good to pass up.  I was recently sitting next to one of my very favorite 13 year olds at a day long swim meet.  There are many hours between the swimmers’ 2-minute-or-less races so lots of downtime.  This sentiment I saw on a t-shirt there sums it up: “If I only had one more day in my life I’d spend it at a swim meet because they last forever”.  I find they become a bit like taking an … CONTINUE READING

Mixed Stone Fruit Slab Pie

Stone Fruit Slab Pie (gluten-free) with Grilled Peach Mascarpone Ice Cream -

Summertime is definitely time for pie.  With all the great fruits available the options are endless.  Pie harkens back to yesteryear with homey flavors and rustic sensibilities that make us all feel a spiritual coziness as though we were once again 5 years old in our Grandmother’s kitchens. On a farm. I have always wanted to make a Slab Pie.  For those unfamiliar with them, slab pies have all the components of a traditional round pie, a lovely crust and lip-smacking fruit filling, but they … CONTINUE READING

How to Make a Rainbow Milk Carton Pinata

How to Make a Rainbow Milk Carton Pinata tutorial -

Summer is supposed to be foot-loose-and-fancy-free however I find leaving things to chance doesn’t always arrive at that carefree mode we all associate with summer.  I’m finding myself doing lots of reflecting this summer.  My daughter will be entering her junior year in high school.  We’ve had plenty of warnings from parents with older children that the junior year is a beast.  Between college tests, large projects, and in my daughter’s case she’s pursuing an IB diploma, her choice, which … CONTINUE READING

Grill-Smoked Green Chile Burgers in a Bacon Weave

Grill-Smoked Green Chile Burgers with Bacon Weave -

I have tried to practice great restraint regarding sharing bacon recipes over the past few weeks for fear readers will think I’m only grilling food wrapped in bacon this summer!  I’ve been bursting at the seams to share this recipe however:  Grill-Smoked Green Chile Burgers in a Bacon Weave.  I’ve loved working with bacon on the grill and was reminded of that when taking Smoked Blue Cheese Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Chile Peppers to a party last weekend.  With only four ingredients and being easily … CONTINUE READING