Tomato, mozzarella and basil salad

Sometimes a classic salad is the best choice and easiest “go-to” salad for a summer evening.  This dish is certainly one of the old standbys that works for many occasions. Summer tomatoes are the best for this dish and thin slices of fresh mozzarella are super tasty.  I grow basil every summer in my garden…

shrimp pasta salad

Here is a perfect summer lunch recipe.  Actually, this recipe can be made one day in advance and used for a lunch, tea party sandwiches, summer snacks, or a light summer dinner.  Choose an attractive lettuce leaf to serve with the salad, such as bibb, Boston, mache or a red romaine.  The recipe was adapted…

Melon and cucumber salad

For Memorial Day weekend, we enjoyed this cool and refreshing salad made from honeydew melon and cucumbers.  I was inspired to make the recipe, which I found in Better Homes and Garden magazine, because of the interesting flavor profile and mix of fresh ingredients. This is an easy salad to pull together.  The main ingredients…

Herb and Bacon Red Potato Salad

Small red potatoes are very easy to work with when preparing summer potato salads. I like to use them because of their quick cook time, and tasty skins.  Almost all of my favorite potato salads leave the skins on the potatoes for that added texture and flavor profile. The inspiration for this recipe came from…

Picnic lunches for warmer weather

With warmer weather coming to Michigan, the anticipation of picnic weather is here.  Portable containers to transport summer picnic food need to be properly sized with temperature consideration.  The containers need to keep food cold during transport.  I also like to have foods kept separately during transport.  There is nothing worse than having fruit juices…

cherry vinaigrette on homegrown lettuce leaves

  it was time to cut some lettuce leaves from my deck garden.  the single lettuce leaves were tender and delicious.  having grown to three to four inches in length, i simply cut them and washed and dried in a salad spinner.  the lettuce flavor is so mild and sweet, also being a great source…

cucumber salad

Jamie Deen has a good food cookbook featuring recipes using great ingredients–from the land, the sea, and the farm. one recipe caught my eye for cucumber salad.  i just had to make it.  i know this is one of those recipes that i seem to always see at other homes, but i have never made…

picnic fruit salad

given to me more than ten years ago, this classic picnic fruit salad tastes like summer memories. my grandmother used to make a recipe very similar to this one, but it included mini marshmallows.  that information really dates me, as i don’t think we have been adding marshmallows to salad recipes in over 30 years….

lemon broccoli pasta salad

  for Memorial Day, i made this lemon pasta salad that was very tasty. i used Fustini’s Meyer Lemon olive oil, but any flavored olive oil would give the pasta salad an upscale taste.  i found that by using only a little olive oil just before serving worked very well. if the dish is allowed…

pasta salad with homemade herbal dressing

i just can’t give up the idea that summer is over.  so, i made another summer salad just to finish out the season.  this pasta salad is a great one to serve at summer picnics or with all the favorite summertime grilled entrees.  i was able to use my homegrown green pepper and red onions,…

french potato salad with wine

straight from the Nantucket beach picnic cookbook comes this delicious potato salad made with white wine and herbs from my garden.  the salad is fresh and delicate.  the white wine gives the salad a very distinct taste, like no other potato salad around.  since the salad does not use mayonnaise, it will keep at temperature…

baked lobster

there is nothing like summer lobster.  and, how easy it is to prepare at home.  i usually purchase lobster tails and simply bake them on foil in the oven until the lobster flesh is firm and pink. with a bit of margarine, and seasonings to taste–the rest is just perfection. preheat the oven to 350…