On Sunday at the Ballard Farmers Market, I got some apricots and plums fresh-picked from the Martin Family Orchards in Orondo, Washington, to make both of my favorite cooked, non-pectin jams. I stirred them (for what seemed like hours) on Monday and supervised cookie-baking and water-coloring while I was “hosting” two neighborhood children all day … More Jam. More Jam. Apricot. Plum.
The Ballard Sunday Farmer’s Market had some lovely, large green tomatoes on display a couple weeks ago and my cast iron frying pan cried out all the way from home. So, first of the season fried green tomatoes, the way the Dutch side of my family has been making them for as long as I … More Fried Green Tomatoes, Family Style
Last summer I poured a bit of my homemade blackberry reduction syrup over a scoop of the fresh raspberry ice cream and the taste combination was out of this world. It’s lovely to spoon a bit of the blackberry syrup along with the cream, but I decided to ripple some into the batch I just … More Blackberry Rippled Raspberry Ice Cream
Who thinks the title is a joke? It’s not, at least it’s not a joke if you don’t have a kitchen maid or if your local grocer doesn’t carry raspberry coulis. A couple hours of picking non-sprayed, local garden-grown raspberries, then a couple more hours of squishing and twice sieving six cups of berries to … More 5-Hour Raspberry Mousse Pie
July 6th is my mother’s 88th birthday. Goodies that she loves were sent Priority Mail on the 5th for arrival on her day. They included brownies with dates, huge pieces of walnuts and fudge frosting plus a butter cookie, a dozen mini peanut-butter cookies and an old family favorite called Hawaiian Dream Bars. The latter … More Goodie Box for Mother’s Birthday