Giant peach dumplings

Today’s #OneGoodThing was enjoying these giant fresh peach dumplings in cognac sauce with Mama! I used a recipe from the first Smitten Kitchen cookbook, except I swapped out Bourbon for Madagascar Vanilla Cognac (because that’s what we had). Delicious! What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share in the comments! Kindness is Everything. Day 279 of…

California twist on Venetian small bites

Reading posts from a year ago reminded us how much we loved the small bites dishes in Venice. We decided to craft our own version with goodies from today’s farmers market and our own garden. I made two types of tasty small bites, both on wee slices of ciabatta from the market. One was soft…

Scrumptious lamb burgers

For tonight’s dinner, I grilled these amazing lamb burgers stuffed with feta cheese and kalamata olives. Mama’s new helper made them for us and all I had to do was grill and assemble! I toasted the pretzel buns and added tzatziki sauce, butter lettuce, and cucumbers on the side. We could not stop exclaiming about…

Tacos because… Tuesday

Today’s #OneGoodThing with Mama was homestyle Taco Tuesday! As if we really needed an excuse to enjoy tacos! I stuffed our crunchy tacos with sautéed beef and onion, butter lettuce, tomatoes from our garden, Jack cheese, and sour cream. Yum! What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share in the comments! Kindness is Everything. Day 232…

Cuts like butter…

It’s the official start of zucchini season in our house. We’re growing two different varieties: Dark Green and Romanesco. Both types of zucchini are fighting the A-frame trellis with which we’re attempting to contain them, but we are enjoying watching them grow. Both sliced smoothly like butter. I cut the two into different shapes but…

Beautiful bruschetta

After enjoying delicious bruschetta at the July 4th party we attended, I had a lingering craving. I thumbed through our Marcella Hazan Italian cookbook to make sure I wasn’t forgetting any important components. These tiny heirloom tomatoes paired magnificently with fresh basil from our garden and crushed garlic. I overtoasted the baguette, but it was…

Homemade winter soup

I made a giant pot of butternut squash soup last night, which we’ll be enjoying all weekend. Pureed cannelloni beans make the dairy-free soup very creamy, while a bit of crispy turkey bacon gives it a lovely smokiness. The recipe, of no-longer-remembered origin, is an old favorite of mine that I’ve been making for more…