Lemony Asparagus Frittata

Lemon zest offers a bright accent to Spring asparagus:  adding lemon thyme  just makes it that much tastier. I grow a number of herbs in my garden, and one of my favorites is lemon thyme.  Lemon thyme is one of several culinary varieties of thyme, and it smells brightly of lemon and thyme.  In my…

Broccoli Avocado Salad

I love this salad — raw broccoli, creamy avocado, and crunchy pepitas brought together with a tangy lemon and tahini dressing. This is a win-win dish:  deliciousness and powerful nutrition in one tasty salad.  A bonus is that it stays fresh in the fridge for a couple days, which makes it a good one to…

Citrus Mint Smoothie

Here’s just the thing for a pick me up – a tangy, bright, fresh smoothie made with tangerine, spinach and mint. While I usually eat my greens and fruit, today was hectic and I wanted something to enjoy while on the go. Using my Vitamix, I blended some delightful baby spinach with whole tangerine, lime…

Potato Leek Soup

When I discover both leeks and potatoes in my CSA box, I know what I’ll be cooking — Potato Leek Soup. This recipe is a perfect example of the power of simple:  just a handful of inexpensive ingredients, 30 minutes start to finish, and you create a supremely delicious soup.  The French have been making…

Salad Dressing . . . is a verb

This is the final post in my DIY Basics series, and it’s all about salad dressing – or as I think of it – dressing a salad.  I’ve been asked many times “What salad dressing do you buy?”  and my answer is usually “I don’t buy salad dressing . . .” and that stops the…

Herbal Tisane – DIY Basic

Growing and using herbs is one of the main reasons why I garden.  I grow a number of fragrant culinary herbs in my gardens.  While I use many herbs in my cooking, I have several herbs that I grow mainly for drinking in tisanes.  What’s a tisane?  Herbs + boiling water = tisane.  Commonly known…