The first time that my now-husband spent Thanksgiving with my family, I asked him a few days before what dish he really liked out of the whole meal. His response was, “Oh, I really like cranberry sauce!” I asked him who in his family made it, so I could get their recipe, make him feel more at home. And then, my dear husband says, “No… like the jellied one… in the can!” So I was kind of off the hook on the cranberry sauce thing. That year I had the jellied cranberry sauce for the first time. Not bad. Not bad at all. Continue reading
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After plopping that picture at the top of this post, I considered not even writing anything. I mean… do you have to be convinced to make this? Did you see the gooey cheese? The creamy sauce? The buttery, crispy bits on top? The perfectly tender-yet-crisp green beans? Well, yeah, that’s pretty much the whole story right there. Continue reading
Weird, right? Baked cucumbers? But truly, at this time of the year, when cucumbers are pawned off on friends, family, and passing aquaintances and rival zucchinis in their effusive over-supply… what have you got to lose? If you’re like us, you have more cucumbers than you know what to do with. Sure, they are a great snack, and make lovely salads, but frankly that tends to be the extent of their usefulness in most kitchens. Which is perfectly acceptable most of the time, except when you have 13 cucumbers crowding out the fridge space, at least all the fridge space that isn’t taken up by zucchini.
It’s sweet corn season, when you can bring home armfuls of the stuff for pocket change. Crunchy, sweet, milky sweet corn- one of my favorite things. For the next month, sweet corn will be a staple around our house, especially because it’s so versatile and also just so very, very good.
Radishes are another one of my favorite things to seek out at the farmer’s market, but they are a bit harder to come by in August. Radishes are everywhere in the spring and early summer, but by now, I mostly get funny looks when I ask the vendors if they have any stashed somewhere. But I really love them, and they’re not impossible to grow later in the season… are they? My tenacity paid off when I found one farmer with three beautiful bunches left. I snatched up all of them and left the market a happy camper.