Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Zucchini Cream Cheese Pound Cake


      So.....in my last post I shared a delicious pasta dish that had the wonderful flavors of lemon and mint, and the "ever-present" summer vegetable....zucchini.  Check that recipe out here.  

      Today....zucchini again!  But, this time, folded into a yummy pound cake with a rich and delicious Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting!!  Everybody needs a little zucchini and spice in their life, don't you think?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Linguine with Zucchini, Lemon, and Mint



      Zucchini here, zucchini there, I've got zucchini everywhere!!  That seems to be the usual cry of gardeners each summer......well, except for this gardener.  I remember one of the first spring seasons, after we had moved into the home we live in presently.  I really wanted to have a garden even though, as I've mentioned before, this Italian hadn't grown up working in one of her own.....sad, but true!  

      So, after hearing my brother-in-law talk about this book he'd been reading on "square foot gardening", I decided to try it out myself.  After all.....the amount of produce one can expect to harvest from this type of garden is really pretty amazing!

      I read and read, planned and planned, had a small area tilled by a friend, set out my 12"x12" markers, bought seeds and some baby plants, and got ready to sow!  I was very excited, thinking about all the wonderful vegetables my family would be eating all summer long...... grown, nurtured, and harvested with my own little hands!


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Fresh Tomato Tart with Basil-Garlic Crust


      Well, we're quickly moving through spring, with summer just around the corner.  I love all of the season's fruits and vegetables showing up in the market now!  Something that we seem to wait for, all year, are those wonderful summer tomatoes.  Red, ripe, and juicy "spheres of deliciousness" !  Beefsteak, heirloom, cherry, plum, pear......so many varieties and so many ways to eat them!!   (All delicious, in my opinion)


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Lover's Brownies


    Well......the obsession continues!!  The combo of chocolate and peanut butter, especially in the form of "Reeses Peanut Butter Cups", is always a winner around here.  So, when I saw this brownie recipe, containing semi-sweet chocolate, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, peanut butter, milk chocolate, Aaaand peanut butter cups........well, the Valentine's Day treat for this year was obvious!!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Raspberry Tiramisu


    O.K., so, definitely not "berry season" in my neck of the woods, but I think something fresh, sweet, and delicious is always an appropriate thing to serve, right??  (And, besides...... my local grocery store had 1/2 pints of raspberries on sale for $1.00 each!  I couldn't pass them up!!)

    Let me first say, that I love a good Tiramisu.  Surprising, since I'm not a coffee drinker.  But....add coffee to a dessert, especially one containing chocolate, and I'm all over it!!  This version, although not containing coffee or chocolate, is delicious!  A fresh, sweet and fruity version of an Italian classic!!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Winter Minestrone



    When it's cold and snowy outside, a nice, hearty bowl of soup is quite welcome on my table.  And this Winter Minestrone definitely fits into that category!  Loaded with veggies and a rich tasting broth, this soup is the perfect choice to warm you up on a cold, wintry day!  And......this soup has a little secret!


Monday, January 26, 2015

Meat-Stuffed Eggplant


    It's eggplant again, friends!  We've already established that it's one of my favorite vegetables, so I thought I'd share another recipe.....this time stuffing it with all sorts of "yumminess"!  And I love these baby eggplant........so cute!!  This is great for dinner with a salad and some good bread on the side.  It would also make a nice addition to a buffet table.