Our Meyer lemons are just about ripe and we have a ton of them. This lemon monster was pruned back quite a bit before we moved in but it definitely got away from us again. The tree is so loaded with lemons that the branches sagged to the ground and just started growing out along the pavement!
As you might have noticed from the recent photos I’ve been posting, I’ve been up in the mountains a bit lately. Sadly, it’s the time of year when we have to close up the family cabin for the winter and say goodbye until next spring. That’s what we did this last weekend. But the weekend before, when this photo was taken, we were up there just to enjoy some long walks in the crisp clean air, Jeep rides through the fall foliage, food that always tastes better in the mountains, and a cozy cabin warmed by the wood stove once more before closing time.
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As we’re transitioning from the Whole30 diet that we followed last month, I thought it might be fun to experiment with some grain-free baking.
First of all, thank you so much for all of the support that poured in after I published my previous post about our struggles this past year with recurrent miscarriage. Of course I was extremely nervous to open up and share something so personal in such a public way, but the positive response was immediate and really helped to me put me at ease. You guys are wonderful.
Wouldn’t this have been a great photo and title for Wordless Wednesday? It was so tempting to post nothing but a photo today, but it turns out that I have way too many words in my head and I’m exhausted from working so hard to keep them in there. Totally and completely exhausted.
Did you know that July is National Ice Cream month?� Apparently Ronald Reagan proclaimed July 1984 to be National Ice Cream month and the tradition has continued since then.� I suppose it makes sense that the hottest month of the year goes hand in hand with the coolest treat around, but I hadn?t really heard of National Ice Cream month until I was contacted by Tillamook to see if I was interested in playing with some of their ice cream to create a treat to celebrate this special month.� I certainly don?t need an excuse to consume ice cream in the summer, but it was a lot of fun sampling some new Tillamook Ice Cream flavors and coming up with an ice cream treat to share with my family and with you.(...) Continue reading Strawberry Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches � Pinch My Salt, 2013.
Did you know that July is National Ice Cream month? Apparently Ronald Reagan proclaimed July 1984 to be National Ice Cream month and the tradition has continued since then. I suppose it makes sense that the hottest month of the year goes hand in hand with the coolest treat around, but I hadn’t really heard of National Ice Cream month until I was contacted by Tillamook to see if I was interested in playing with some of their ice cream to create a treat to celebrate this special month. I certainly don’t need an excuse to consume ice cream in the summer, but it was a lot of fun sampling some new Tillamook Ice Cream flavors and coming up with an ice cream treat to share with my family and with you.(...) Continue reading Strawberry Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches © Pinch My Salt, 2013.
It’s tomato season and our garden is producing beautiful red and yellow fruit at an amazing pace, not to mention the zucchini, crookneck squash, peppers, and three varieties of cucumbers that need to be harvested every single day. Seriously, the cucumbers just don’t stop!
I’ve been seeing pictures of grilled avocados and grilled guacamole all over the place lately and I’ve been dying to try it. Around here, we like to throw just abut anything on the grill, so I’m not sure why it took me so long to grill avocados, especially since we eat them at least a few times a week.(...) Continue reading Grilled Corn Guacamole Recipe © Pinch My Salt, 2013.
It might be summer, but I’m in the mood for comfort food. The theme of this week’s Summer Fest is peas, but when I started brainstorming ideas for a fresh and summery recipe involving peas, I kept coming back to comfort food. It might have been the cloudy weather we had earlier in the week or it might have been the terrible, no good day I had yesterday, but when I thought of peas there were only two ways I wanted to eat them – in a tuna casserole or with turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy. I opted for the casserole, which is serious comfort food for me.(...) Continue reading Homemade Tuna Noodle Casserole Without Canned Soup © Pinch My Salt, 2013.
This is an older post from deep in the Pinch My Salt archives that I decided to dust off and pull forward to share again. It was originally published in September 2006. Enjoy!
I’ve never combined strawberries and peaches in a baked dessert before and now that I’ve tried it, I’m not sure why I waited so long. Two of my all-time favorite desserts are Peach Cobbler and Strawberry Shortcake and this cobbler basically combines the two flavors – especially if you top it with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
Last weekend I had the pleasure of traveling to Carmel Valley courtesy of the California Strawberry Commission to spend a couple days learning all about California strawberries. Even though I grew up in California and have been eating these delicious berries all my life, it turns out that I really didn’t know that much about strawberry farming in California so I was thrilled to be included in this adventure.(...) Continue reading California Strawberries Farm Tour © Pinch My Salt, 2013.
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I don’t know what spring has been like for the rest of you, but here in central California it’s been unseasonably HOT. While I’m not quite ready for summer to begin, our tomatoes and peppers sure have been loving the heat!
As many of you know, my fiance and I have recently purchased a house and after 20 years of moving around the country and the world, I have moved back to my small hometown. Although the physical move this time around was only a distance of about 40 miles, it has been quite a journey. The entire process, which included an arduous and extensive remodel, took up most of our time for an entire year. And like all huge undertakings, we had ups and downs and questions and doubts along the way. But now that we’re here and finally settling in, everything is falling into place and it all seems more than worth it. (...) Continue reading Yellow Cake with Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting © Pinch My Salt, 2013.
In the box this week from T & D Willey Farms CSA: rutabaga, red potatoes, savoy spinach, red leaf lettuce, carrots, parsley, oranges, kiwis, and eggs.
Have you eaten too many chocolate bunnies and deviled eggs lately? This pink grapefruit and avocado salad is a delicious way to transition into healthier spring eating.
I decided to look back through my blog posts of 2012 and pull together a few standout recipes that I will definitely be making again and again. First up is this somewhat unusual spring appetizer that I made with some of our delicious local strawberries. I can’t wait til next spring when I’ll be able to make this Strawberry Bruschetta with Balsamic Vinegar and Basil again.