Monthly Archives: August 2012

My Garden Update and Tabbouleh Salad

(Apologies to my readers who got an incomplete RSS Feed post last night. I was editing and hit publish by accident. I should not have watched the Republican convention last night while I wrote. I guess I am getting too … Continue reading

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Tomato and Onion Puff Pastry Tart

This week I had two bowls full of fresh heirloom tomatoes on my counter that needed to be consumed. Some came from our yard and some lovely reds came from my CSA, La Nay Ferme. I was looking through my … Continue reading

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Fresh Peach and Vanilla Bean Custard Ice Cream Revisited

Peach ice cream is one of my favorite summer desserts. I posted a recipe for it last summer, but I changed the recipe this year with improved results. This recipe is made with ripe local Rosa peaches. You save the … Continue reading

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Mediterranean Eggplant Dip

We planted five Japanese eggplant starts in the grow boxes this year. Two were the long Ichiban variety and three were a new variety called Kamo. The Kamo are candy sweet with a custardy creamy texture that I haven’t experienced … Continue reading

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Summer Squash Soup

This past week I received three types of squash in my CSA bag from La Nay Ferme: a green patty pan, a yellow crookneck, and a large zucchini. They were very sweet and tender – perfect for a summer soup. … Continue reading

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Lemon Honeycomb Mold

Here is one more summer dessert recipe. I have lost count of how many times I have read Laurie Colwin’s books Home Cooking and More Home Cooking. I love her writing and feel, when I read her books, that I … Continue reading

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Peach Tiramisu

Tiramisu (an Italian mascarpone cream layered dessert) is a great summer treat because it does not require the use of an oven. I love peaches at this time of year, when they are at their peak, and this is a … Continue reading

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Fresh Tomato Salad

I grew up on an acre of land in a New Jersey suburb and we always had a modest garden. The soil was dark and rich and you could grow almost anything. We had a variety of vegetables and 8 … Continue reading

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Santa Rosa Plum Syrup and Jelly

Several years ago we planted a Santa Rosa plum tree in the backyard. It produced a small amount of fruit at first, but this year, with my husband’s pruning and a light oil spray in February, we have a nice … Continue reading

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Blueberry Ricotta Cake

This is one of the best desserts I have made all summer. It is a cross between a cake and a cheesecake and it is terrific. I saw the recipe last year on and I have wanted to try … Continue reading

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