Blackberry-Rosemary Rum Cocktail

We recently attended a big family reunion on my stepmother’s (Peggy T) side that’s been in the works since last summer. Early on I was assigned a signature cocktail and needless to say I took this assignment quite seriously. After all how often to 49 of my favorite people gather in one place? [Read more…]

Shrimp and Corn Boil

Going to a real New England clam bake is on my bucket list. I think I must have read about one as a child and while I’m far into adulthood, the closest I’ve gotten to going to one was years ago when Rhode Islander Ken D (a dear friend and former colleague) ordered a clam bake in a pot that he had shipped to Pennsylvania for a party. While the food was great it wasn’t quite the same the same as dining at the ocean. [Read more…]

Spicy Corn and Bean Gazpacho

I’ve been thinking about making a corn soup this summer and was waiting until the local corn was in its prime. We recently had a great dinner (food and wine) with Carolyn R and Jonathan R. Carolyn made this yummy cold soup and I knew that I had to give it a try. [Read more…]

Sausage, Kale and Rainbow Chard Pasta

I’d call this a “compromise pasta” in our house. Ed’s not so sure about kale, so I figured that if I mixed it with Italian hot sausage (which he loves) that I might have a chance of getting away with it. I didn’t even try to sneak in turkey sausage, he’s a true Italian and knows the difference. [Read more…]

Fresh Cherry Mint Julep

A few weeks ago I was at the Frecon Farms (from Boyertown, PA) stand at the Growing Roots’ Farmers Market in Malvern, PA drooling over all of their amazing fresh fruit. [Read more…]

Peas and Garlic Scapes Sauté

I can never get enough garlic (much to Ed’s dismay) and enjoy in it all forms. However my preference is when it takes on a mellower flavor, such as roasted garlic. I was first introduced to another mild alternative – garlic scapes – a few years ago at Growing Roots’ Farmers Market in Malvern, PA. [Read more…]

Lavender and Lemon Olive Oil-Cornmeal Cake (Gluten-Free)

It’s berry season and for me that means any excuse to serve them. For a recent Gourmet Dinner Club (GDC) dinner I was charged with dessert and I wanted to find something to go with local fresh strawberries. Think of this cake as a substitute for the shortcakes in strawberry shortcake. [Read more…]

Classic Deviled Eggs

My college/post-college roommate and maid of honor, Elisabeth R, loves patriotic holidays – following in the footsteps of her paternal grandmother, Dot C. About a decade ago Elisabeth came east from Seattle with her husband (Dan S) and Mom (Judy R) to celebrate 4th of July in Cherry Hill, NJ at her grandmother’s home.  [Read more…]

Lemon-Basil Potato Salad

Potato salad and summer make a perfect pair. I like that you can make it in advance and in may cases it improves as it sits for a few hours. [Read more…]

Rosé Aperol Spritz

My parents recently returned from Italy where they enjoyed a few Aperol Spritzs along with the sights. They thoughtfully texted pictures of their drinks to us – a strong desire to photograph food/drinks must run in the family. [Read more…]