Blackberry Bars

One of the joys of late summer is blackberries.  I envisioned a simple dessert bar that had a crisp, buttery crust topped with as much blackberry sweetness as crust. Blackberries are deep purple, with a mellow sweetness and flavor.  The filling has no spices to distract from the blackberriness of the flavor.  And when it’s…

Beets with Tarragon

Sometimes putting a few simple ingredients together creates a bit of magic in the kitchen.  Beets, meet tarragon … you two are meant for each other. A simple dressing of lemon and olive oil is gently sweetened with honey to add a floral note to the earthy beets and warm, herbal tarragon.  Tarragon is an…

Lemon Thyme Pesto on tomatoes

Lemon thyme grows beautifully in my garden — a charming, vigorous herb that smells like a cross between fresh squeezed lemon rind and mellow thyme.  It makes a bright, delicious pesto, ideal on fresh tomatoes. I had a bounty of tomatoes from my CSA box and wanted a new way to highlight their sweet flavors. …