Jul 31, 2013

What's in Season? Week 9

And we're already at week 9 of Fresh Fork!  Here are some thoughts for this week's items.  It seems a bit like an international food day here...
  • Eggplant (thai basil style)
  • Candy onion (cuban black beans)
  • Red Russian kale (potato cakes)
  • Tomatoes (will pair well with some homemade mozzarella)
  • Blackberries or blueberries (this would be great for the berries and peaches)
  • Sweet corn (simple and delicious)
  • Peaches (yummy)
  • Cantaloupe (cubed for an easy breakfast or lunch side)
  • Hot peppers (great spice for the potato cakes)
  • Purple filet beans (I've never had them, but I imagine they'd work well in this casserole)
  • Cherry tomatoes (chop them up as stuffed pepper stuffing)
Recipes to come!!

Jul 29, 2013

homemade mint chocolate chip frozen yogurt

There are some things about summer that can't be beat.  It seriously shouldn't even be considered summer if there isn't some non-work-related reading, some time at the pool (or rather, by the pool, based on my current case of swimmer's ear...aren't you supposed to outgrow that bologna as you get older???), a wedding or two, and frozen yogurt.  So, to take care of the last item on the list, here's my first attempt at homemade frozen yogurt.  I would proudly say that it was a success!

Jul 24, 2013

What's in Season? Week 8

Week 8 is here with...
And a refreshing homemade frozen yogurt recipe to come...get ready summer, here we come!

Jul 19, 2013

fresh peach muffins

We got peaches!  As a young'un, I LOVED peaches.  I would eat pureed peaches on oatmeal all the time.  Sometimes a couple times a day.  I still love them, so I wanted to try something new.

 I decided to play with my most popular recipe, the one for fresh apricot muffins, to make a similar and equally delicious muffin.  I simply replaced the pureed apricots with pureed peaches.  I also switched out the all-purpose flour for white whole wheat flour.  Any combination of the above would be amazing.

Jul 17, 2013

What's in Season? Week 7

And so begins week 7:
 Yummers!  Better get cooking =)

Jul 12, 2013

Guest Post: 4th of July Cake

Happy 4th of July! Yes, it’s a little late for that but I’m new to this blogging thing and I needed time to get my thoughts out. Forgive me. Thanks.

My name is Steph Walker, Liz’s favorite…okay, only sister. I’d like to think she still thinks of me as her favorite though. Unlike Liz, I’m not a vegetarian/pescatarian/boneless buffalo wingtarian (only on special occasions). However, we do share a love of baking and making people happy with our food. I think both of those things go way back to growing up with grandmothers that loved to bake and cook. Also, our mom always found time in her crazy schedule to make us a delicious dinner!

Jul 10, 2013

What's in Season? Week 6

The harvest season is seriously underway at this point.  We've gotten a lot more rain than normal so far this summer (16 days and counting at this point), so this year's goods for early/mid-July are a little different than last.  This is what's coming our way this evening...
  • Fresh sweet pea linguine (holy yum...just a little good olive oil and voila!)
  • Candy onion (this would make some seriously tasty soup)
  • Beets (I'm still searching for the perfect beet recipe...any thoughts, let me know)
  • Green leaf lettuce (put some on your homemade bean burgers)
  • Organic yogurt (in blood orange bread)
  • Zucchini (in a green curry sauce)
  • Cucumbers (for a sweet and spicy salsa)
  • Tomatoes (for ratatouille)
  • Sweet cherries (breakfast pie)
  • Black raspberries (for a pretty summer crostata)
Perhaps a better beet recipe to come this week???

Jul 5, 2013

breakfast cherry pie

For me, summer is really about the fruit.  Don't get me wrong, I love me some sweet peas and kale, but there's nothing quite like fresh berries, apricots, and plums.  But, cherries are something that I've never really gotten quite as excited about.  I don't know why exactly, although I think it may have been because of the pain of pitting each little fruit.  Recently, I've rediscovered them (pit and all) and I'm in love.

Jul 3, 2013

What's in Season? Week 5

Here's what's coming tonight...
  • Carrots (they're going to become Asian coleslaw tomorrow)
  • Radishes (again, not a fav in our house, but it'll be shredded into salads)
  • Cabbage (as the base for the coleslaw)
  • Snow peas (dice some into some veggie potstickers)
  • Candy onion (vegan biscuits)
  • Semi-tart cherries (I bet this could easily become cherry coffee cake)
  • Blueberries (in a PERFECT 4th of July dessert)
  • Curly kale (chips for your cookout tomorrow)
  • Cucumbers (sushi)
  • Siberian Night Beer Cheese (for a soft pretzel beer cheese dipping sauce!)
  • Broccoli (this is what I did with last week's head of broccoli)
I still haven't decided what's going to be posted later this week...a recipe for cherries, blueberries or beets, perhaps?