July 30, 2012

Cherry & Chocolate Ice Cream

During the long, hot, humid, dog days of summer, not much can beat a nice cold scoop of ice cream.  It almost seems like cheating because it's so easy to make.  When I was young, somebody (usually the kids) had to hand churn the ice cream maker while Dad added salt and ice.  Then we graduated to the electric model, but you still had to add the salt and ice.  Now all you have to do it mix it up and pour it in.  Amazing!

July 26, 2012

"Garden to table" - Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas with chipotle sauce

Yellow crookneck squash is one of my favorite garden vegetables and I'm always looking for ways to add it to our recipes.  We're usually overrun with yellow squash by this time in the summer, but they're not as prolific this year.  The drought and heat have been hard on the vegetables I am sad to say.


July 23, 2012

Peach brûlée with honey creme anglaise

This recipe may have a long name but don't let that scare you, it only takes minutes to make.  Dessert in 10 minutes?  Why not!  We had a couple of mature peaches left from our recent purchase and wanted to do something that included cooking with sugar and butter.   These peaches were reaching senior status so we didn't waste any time, we ate them for lunch!


July 19, 2012

Grilled pork with peach agrodolce

The peaches are here!  The peaches are here!  Yes I'm a little excited.

I love to gently hold a fragrant ripe peach in my hand, pull it close to my face and take a deep breath to inhale their incredible, sweet, enticing aroma.  The skin is so tender and the fruit juicy, sweet and soft.  It's love at first bite!  

July 16, 2012

Mom's Blackberry Cobbler

My niece from Atlanta called to ask about her grandmother's (my mom's) blackberry cobbler recipe.  She said she couldn't find it on the blog.  My bad!  I can't believe I haven't blogged this yet.  This was my fathers favorite dessert, and is fondly remembered by everyone in my family.


July 12, 2012

"Garden to Table" - Fried Green Tomatoes

Key intro music ...  da ta da!!!  Welcome to another installment of our "Garden to Table" feature here at SRFD!  From time to time we showcase some of our home-grown vegetables in easy, delicious recipes.  This Southern Classic was a special request by Traveling Husband and I must say, they're the best I've ever had.  It's nice to know I haven't completely lost my Southern roots by cooking too much Quinoa!  I don't fry food very often, for all the obvious reasons, but a splurge like this is worth the extra steps on the treadmill.

July 9, 2012

Cheesecake Ice Cream with Blackberry Sauce

With the tremendous heat we've had in the DC area I knew we needed something cool for dessert at our July 4th barbecue.  You know what I love about homemade ice cream?  Everybody loves it and it's so easy to make.  I've seen various cream cheese ice cream recipes this year and thought it sounded great. But when I saw a cheesecake ice cream recipe in the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker cookbook, I new it was time to mess around with, and tweak, frozen perfection.

July 4, 2012

Summer Fruit Kabobs & Mascarpone Dip

Happy 4th of July!!!!  This is about as red, white and blue as I'll get today with my BBQ feast.  Don't these look like fireworks?  So fun, easy and cute.  Served with a slightly sweet fruit dip, this is going to be devoured by our guests!

July 2, 2012

Lemondrop Sorbet


I was shopping at our local Wegman's grocery store the other day and had my heart set on a cantaloupe.  I'm picky about my cantaloupe and often sniff a half dozen or more before I find the sweetest in the bunch.  

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