Nectarine and Blueberry Poppyseed Cake

Poppyseed Cake with Nectarines and BlueberriesThere are a lot of good things about being a parent.  But there are also some pretty lame parts about being a parent. You know what one of the worst parts of being a parent is?  When you have to be mean mommy. You know… you have to insist that naps are indeed necessary, even when the park is still way more fun.  You have to take away the favorite truck after it is thrown across the room. You have to explain over and over again that food goes in our mouths, not on the floor.   Basically, you have to be the meanest mom ever. [Read more...]

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Pork Chops Adobado

Pork Chops Adobado

The theme today is short and sweet.  Forgive me; it’s a Friday and I don’t feel loquacious, just week-weary.

I don’t typically find grilled pork chops exciting.  Which, upon reflection, seems a bit weird.  I mean, I love pork.  I love other grilled foods, like a good steak. I think the problem with pork chops lies somewhere between the fact that they’re often overcooked, and the fact that they’re also often under-seasoned.  Also… I may have been eating the wrong chops.  After we ordered a half of a pig from a local farm, we’ve been spoiled and it’s easy for me to see why I wasn’t enthused by the chops we were buying at the store. But ALSO… I wasn’t using this marinade.  All of this is basically to say that this recipe basically made a pork chop lover out of me. I’ve made this many, many times now. and it’s always a winner. [Read more...]

Oatmeal Bread

Oatmeal BreadHonestly, is there anything better than a tomato sandwich?  (Ok, I’ll pause now, while you glance up to the top of the post and make sure you read “Oatmeal Bread” right.  You did.  No need to question your sanity, at least for the moment. Watch me bring it back around to the oatmeal bread.) To me, the perfect tomato sandwich consists, obviously, of perfectly ripe homegrown tomatoes, bright red and insanely juicy, a sprinkle of salt, and a hefty smear of mayo all sandwiched between to very lightly toasted pieces of a light, fluffy sandwich bread.  While the tomatoes are obviously the star of the show, all the other elements have to be in the correct proportion to make them really sing.  Isn’t this true of so many things?  So when it comes to making a tomato sandwich, I want to have a sandwich bread that’s just right.  Enter the Oatmeal Bread. (See, you only had to hang in there with me for an entire paragraph to get back to the bread!) [Read more...]

Zucchini Soup

Zucchini SoupSometimes, you don’t know what you’ve got until you’ve not longer got it.  Terrible grammar aside, this is a fact of life.  Especially in the case of zucchinis.  Mid-July, we are all bemoaning the pounds and pounds of zucchinis being hauled in from our gardens, searching for something to do with all the bounty.  Let’s be blunt: we all get very, very sick of zucchini. [Read more...]

Chocolate Banana Cake with Pecans

DSC_0547It would seem that the internet hardly needs another recipe for banana bread.  Or banana cake.  And it isn’t as though bananas and chocolate are a novel combination, for goodness’ sake.  But I feel like it is my duty to share this banana cake recipe, even if my message of chocolate banana goodness only reaches one person.  Dramatics aside, this cake  is worth making.  I made it on a whim after I saw something similar on A Pastry Affair, and realized I had 4 very ripe bananas in my fridge.

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