McIntosh Apple-Less Tree

Does an apple a day keep you feeling healthy? It’s that time of year – apple season. Apple trees are supposed to grow well in the High Desert I was told. Since I love apples and had been trying my hand at gardening vegetables, I thought why not plant an apple tree and other fruit. I purchased a grape vine (that’s growing like crazy) and a dwarf McIntosh tree that planted last fall. In the fall the little tree had tiny apples that actually tasted good. Come spring, beautiful blossoms grew. Surely, I’ll have a nice bunch of apples in the fall – I thought.Read More →

Route 66 Road Trip

Sharing malts in Autumn is a treat to enjoy while the days are still warm. Delgadillo’s Snow Cap in Seligman, Arizona is the place to stop for a fun Route 66 ice-cream break. The place will trick you before you make it to the counter to order. My husband pulled the door handle to go in. Nothing happened. He pulled the wrong handle. There are two, one on each side of the door. The service is hilarious. The malts are great. We left full of malts and of laughter. According to reviews of Delgadillo’s cafe, anything you order from their kitchen is good. We orderedRead More →

Chopped Vegetable Salad for the Summer Preparing nutritious meals is made easier with access to an organic kitchen garden. Craving a Southwestern salad I saw, I made a trip to the grocery store and loaded up on organic vegetables. My home garden already had yielded many ripe Roma tomatoes and some corn. Growing corn in the garden has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve done because it’s the first time I’ve planted it. Not only that, I actually planted the seeds, and the corn grew. When checking the height of the stalks and looking inside them to see real cobs of corn, IRead More →

 Apricots, Berries, and Dessert   Back on July 4th holiday weekend, I visited with a neighbor over a cup of coffee and a mini croissant, treats offered by my neighbor. She showed me her apricot tree full with ripe fruit ready for the picking. She filled a large bowl with the apricots and said I could have as many as I wanted. I took half of the amount home and made my first apricot cobbler. I had made peach cobblers before but never an apricot cobbler. Since the holiday weekend, my neighbor made apricot jam and brought me a jar of it. I made anotherRead More →

EGG RECIPES How many egg recipes do you think you can come up with? When I think I can’t come up with another one, I discover yet one more recipe that calls for an egg. A foodie blogger friend, Patti over at PattyCakesPantry.com, and I went on an egg recipe binge. We had fun trying out different meals that included hard boiled eggs. Our husbands tolerated our meal experiments but didn’t think that it was so much fun as we did (though they did eat our creative egg dishes). Patti and I scheduled tasting meals and snacks, voting on our favorites. The favorites were publishedRead More →

Fill your house with the aroma of a freshly baked apricot cobbler. Delicious! Serve the apricot cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a glass of iced orange cream soda. This apricot cobbler recipe was made with fresh apricots that I helped pick from a neighbor’s tree. Picking the ripe apricots reminded me of visiting my paternal grandmother, Momo, who had an apricot tree. Momo had a knack for adding apricot baby food to her cake. The cake was moist and tasted scrumptious. My job on visits to Momo’s was to pick the fruit from the trees, gather vegetables from the garden, andRead More →

Chia seeds have become a popular nutritional staple in today’s kitchen. They can even be a substitute for an egg. How can a person grow up without ever knowing about these tiny seeds? Since hearing so much about chia seeds’ health benefits and drinking them in a beverage at a Mexican market, I was inspired and purchased a large bag of them. I forgot that I had them until reading Chocolate Banana Chia Seed Smoothies over at the Joy Love Food blog. Joy’s recipe got me all inspired, and I remembered my chia seeds. Got a minute to read about my experiment? I have a habitRead More →

Happy 239th Birthday, United States of America! How do you think the signers of the Declaration of Independence celebrated when they had all signed and were free from Great Britain? I was curious about what foods they ate when they celebrated and did an online research. One website revealed that booze played a large part of Revolutionary heroes and that Thomas Jefferson had an enormous wine tab when he left the White House. The life and culinary interests of Thomas Jefferson, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, is particularly fascinating to me. Jefferson was very generous in hospitality. When he was President ofRead More →

Planning a July 4th picnic? Chips and dips always go along with a picnic at the park with hot dogs and hamburgers. Surprise everyone with a fiery July 4th Sriracha hummus dip. No preparation required.  I bought a bag of Tostitos Roasted Garlic& Black Bean chips, the 9 Grain Blend healthy kind. Grabbing the hummus out of the frig, I got the idea of squirting a blob of Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce in the hummus and dipping a chip in it. Oh yeah, it’s got a bite to it. Really good! Really spicy! After dipping several chips in the zesty dip, I was hooked on this new Sriracha hummus.Read More →