Swiss Chard and Cherries Go Together Brilliantly

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Swiss Chard wp-image-2152 summary: recipe for stir-fried Swiss Chard and cherries; to pit or not to pit; cherries aren’t just for dessert; windfall cherries; information about Not Far From the Tree; (click on image to see larger view)

Not Far From the Tree Whoohoooo! It’s Cherry Season!

cherries wp-image-2149 I’ve mentioned before that I volunteer to pick fruit for the wonderful organization “Not Far From The Tree”. Now that so many people know about it, it’s increasingly difficult to get in on a pick. So I was thrilled to be one of the chosen the other day for sweet cherries.

This year’s cherry trees are absolutely laden, so I knew that I’d come home with more than 12 cherries like that fateful time in 2011….

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Delving into the Archives… Chilaquiles

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chilaquiles wp-image-2142 summary: recipe for Chilaquiles; re-reading past issues of SAVEUR magazine; delving into our photo archives; Linden trees in blossom (click on image(s) to see more photos and larger views)

There are as many recipes for chilaquiles as there are cooks who make them. – SAVEUR Magazine No. 78 (October 2004), 10th Anniversary Issue: “The Joy of Real Food”, Chilaquiles recipe

Over the past few months, we have been re-reading articles from past issues of SAVEUR. And even in the earlier SAVEUR-100s (the issues that I used to find a little dull and empty), the writing and photography are superior to SAVEUR’s recent offerings. I still haven’t written to them to tell them officially that I will not be renewing my subscription. But our decision is already made.

What a shame! We really miss the old SAVEUR.

chilaquiles wp-image-2141 But don’t let me get sidetracked into whining about that. I’m really here because I’ve also been wandering through our photograph files and realize that I neglected to rave about the chilaquiles we made last June. (continue reading )

Muesli Rolls sans Chocolate (BBB June 2015)

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BBB: Let's Get Baking  wp-image-2125 summary: recipe for Muesli Rolls, based on a recipe for Muesli Rolls with Chocolate Chips in Dean Brettschneider’s book “Bread”; my reading skills have not really improved; a Bread Baking Babes project; another lawn sale find; (click on images to see larger views and more photos)

Bread Baking Babes (BBB) June 2015

We are very pleased to welcome to two new BBBabes! They are Judy (Judy’s Gross Eats) and Karen K (Karen’s Kitchen Stories). We’re thrilled that they’ve joined our happy little band.

BBB Muesli Rolls wp-image-2118 When Karen in the Netherlands announced that we would be making Muesli rolls this month, I jumped for joy. I love bread with lumps in it!

And plenty of lumps there are: rolled oats, flax seeds, sesame seeds, chopped nuts, sunflower seeds, pepitas, chocolate chips…. What?? Since when does Muesli have chocolate in it? :stomp: (continue reading )

Sing a Joyful Song!

tortellinisummary: homemade tortellini; spring has sprung; the garden sage survived the dreadful winter; Ontario asparagus is in season!

Last week at the Farmers’ Market, we got a nice bunch of nettles and had the most brilliant nettle stuffed tortellini. The tortellini tasted fabulous AND they were beautiful! You’ll have to take my word for it because there is no photographic evidence.

Then a few days later, we were rifling through the freezer and came across some butternut squash from last fall (thank you again, Josephine!)

We could make tortellini again!

The garden sage is doing brilliantly now that spring has finally sprung so we decided we neeeeeeeeded to have homemade squash tortellini in cream sauce, garnished with fried ham and fresh sage.

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Look!! They’re Singing!! (continue reading )