Strawberry pie made from fresh local berries
I love when our orchard markets open up in late spring because it means I can make strawberry pie! Almost every weekend finds us on a trek to Flamm Orchards to retrieve strawberries, then peaches, then apples as the summer gives way to autumn.
Strawberries are in season now, and we've been eating them by the quart ... lots of quarts!
I ended up with way too many this past weekend, and had to use some that were barely hanging on. So ... strawberry pie was in order!
Now, I'm ...
If you were to ask me what my favorite pie is, I'd say raisin ... or strawberry-rhubarb ... or raisin. It's a toss-up between the two! Raisin was also my grandpa's favorite pie. I don't recall my grandma ever making it, but I certainly remember my mom baking one at least once a year so he'd have some. He loved it ... and would talk about his mom, Grandma Phoebe, making it when he was a kid.
Grandpa was 14 when is mama died ... that was the early years of the Great Depression.
Salted Caramel Applesauce
This was the view at Flamm Orchards in Cobden, Illinois last weekend! The Flamm family has owned this orchard for over 120 years ... six generations! It's one of two of our "go-to" spots for fresh fruit and vegetables during the summer and fall seasons.
Mom, Noodle and I stopped at the fruit stand on our Saturday adventure to our favorite museum and "junk store". Staff were busy unloading bags upon bags of apples, while others were busy bagging the apples! F...
Roasted Cornish Game Hens
It was HOT yesterday ... a typical hot and humid sunny Southern Illinois summer day ... ewe. Summer time usually means I migrate from oven cooking to grill cooking to keep the kitchen cool, except for the days I get hungry for something like oven roasted meat! Yesterday was one of those day.
It was hot outside.
My kitchen was hot.
I was thankful for the A/C and the swimming pool.
My mom roasted Cornish hens frequently when I was growing up - they were one ...
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pancakes
White chocolate macadamia nut cookies are one of my favorite. I decided to try my hand at making pancakes that mimic the sweet nuttiness of the cookie. They were so good topped with strawberries, hazelnut spread and more white chocolate ... almost like eating dessert for breakfast! Okay, it WAS like eating dessert for breakfast.
A few tips about waffle irons ... don't overfill the iron or you'll have a mess on your hands. I ladle about 1/3 - 1/2 cup of batter into ...
Pork Burgers with Grilled Pineapple
Oink, Oink! I get tired of the good ole fashioned hamburger ... we eat a lot of them in the summer. No matter how much I love them, I like to experiment with what goes between the bun. While searching for some inspiration, I ran across these BBQ Pork Burgers from Leite's Culinaria. They looked darn good, so I headed out to make my own rendition.
I stuck to the general premise of using BBQ sauce, but I added a little Accent seasoning ... a trick I learned from our local golf ...
Strawberry Picking Adventure
One of our first adventures this summer was to Blueberry Hill Farm this past weekend where Noodle was able to pick strawberries for the first time! She also took advantage of my camera to begin her summer photo project.
This was a girls-only outing and Grandma Debbie and Aunt Steph went along. We picked strawberries, then hopped across the road a bit to buy produce at Bass Farms. After that, we drove a bit to Flamm Orchards for strawberry shortcake and strawberry Razzles (a rendition of ...
Basic Sweet and Sour Vinaigrette
Salad dressing is one of the things I learned to make early in my life. This vinaigrette is what my grandma and mom would "whip up" for every type of salad known to womankind. It is great for potlucks and picnics because it is vinegar based, and it can be remixed with nearly any type of ingredients you care to use. It is foolproof! The basic version is also easy to remember.
Basic Sweet and Sour Vinaigrette
Okay, I'll freely admit this isn't a traditional French vinaigr...