Dark Rum and Tonic

A dark rum and tonic to me means summer. For as long as I can remember it’s been the drink of choice in my family. In fact it was my first “go-to” cocktail. [Read more…]

Watermelon, Rosemary and Yogurt Salad

Many recipes in this month’s issue of Bon Appétit cause you to think outside the box and trust that the team at BA did testing before finalizing these recipes. This one is a perfect example. While watermelon and feta have been a favorite combination in the past few years (see Watermelon, Feta and Arugula Salad) – here we’ve gone beyond feta. [Read more…]

Grilled Mexican Street Corn

Ed and I recently enjoyed a great early dinner at Tired Hands Brewing Company’s Fermenteria in Ardmore, PA before heading to the Mann Music Center to see Bob Dylan. Not only is the beer at Tired Hands great but so are their tacos. [Read more…]

Green Goddess Potato Salad

Summer is winding down but if you’re like me parts of your garden are still going strong. I am happy to report that many of my herbs (thyme, rosemary, tarragon, mint and lavender) are still growing at a good pace. While I plan on freezing some of these for the winter, I also want to use them while they’re fresh. [Read more…]

Grilled Shishito Peppers

While shishito peppers hail from Japan they came to us via friends who first had them in London. Since then I’ve seen them on menus many times. Shishito peppers are usually mild and sweet but every tenth pepper or so is hot. [Read more…]

Gluten-Free Blueberry and Lavender Cobbler

I want to share with you the secret to making the best blueberry cobbler. But before I do… This recipe is based on another tried and true Blueberry Cobbler recipe that I have been making for many, many years. It’s stood the test of time particularly because it’s so adaptable. [Read more…]

Burrata and Tomato Salad

I was like a kid in a candy store this past Saturday at the Malvern (PA) Farmers Market. There were a few different stands selling tomatoes but when I saw that the Kimberton CSA (the first CSA in Pennsylvania) had sorted their cherry tomatoes into bins so you could make your own mixture I knew that I had to go to their stand. [Read more…]

Farmers Market Succotash

Growing up lima beans were a very unwelcome vegetable in the house. They were my stepfather, Mark J’s, least favorite vegetable so we never had them at the dinner table. Both he and my mom grew up with mothers who, let’s just say, were not gourmet chefs so I can only assume that the lima beans of their youth came from a can (enough said). [Read more…]

Iced Tea Rum Punch

Adding coffee to a cocktail seems pretty mainstream to me (think “Kahlúa and Cream”) but for some reason adding a tea does not. The first time I recall having tea in a cocktail was at my sister Sarah S’s bachelorette party in Boston – it was a fancy hotel cocktail served straight up in a martini glass. Sadly I recall none of the other ingredients as it was about 11 years ago (and also not the first stop of the night). [Read more…]

Pimm’s Cup

One of the greatest tennis events of the year is just around the corner. Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world (dating to 1877) and is the only one of the four making up the Grand Slam that is still played on grass courts. The official drink of Wimbledon? You guessed it – the Pimm’s Cup. [Read more…]