Blueberry Tarragon Simple Syrup + 3 Drinks

Wine and beer are good standbys, but someties I want a drink that’s different, fancy, a drink that says “this is a special moment” and not the usual happy hour. And this past week was the perfect opportunity to make something fancy. My friend Mari invited us to Longport for a couple of days and I’m not one to accept… Read more »

Steak Salad with Tomato Raisins, Feta, Red Onion and Toasted Pine Nuts

I’ve been a bad girl. Deep dish pepperoni pizza, ice cream cones, cold beer on the beach and wine on the front porch. This summer has been, so far, a bit unpredictable. Our shore house is still unfinished and nothing is really planned in advance including lunches and dinners. I never know who I will be feeding besides my family…. Read more »

Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower with Parmesan and Pine Nuts

“What’s that smell?” Not the question I like to hear while I’m making dinner, but hear it I did, and from both my husband and my son. And I would have been really annoyed if I hadn’t happened to agree with them. There is just no getting around the sulfur like smell of cooking cauliflower. I’ll admit it’s not a… Read more »

Ham, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Cups

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We spent this past week at my brother’s beach house, a charming cottage within blocks of the beach. It was a pretty full house including me, my kids and my parents so meals were made for a crowd. A few days full of sun, sand, fishing, swimming and meals around a table – a loud table of laughter in this… Read more »

Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Ice Cream and Orange Mint

Recently while my daughter was waiting, “patiently”, to eat, she asked, “Mom, why do you have to take pictures of everything we eat? I’m hungry!” Just to be clear, I do not take pictures of everything we eat. I make a lot of repeats, or things I have posted already and make again and again because they are good recipes, which… Read more »

Sriracha Honey Grilled Chicken Thighs

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I’ve been waiting for this all winter…grilling season! It was postponed a bit this year due to a wet and stormy May so I’ll be making up for lost time. I have plenty of recipe ideas including pizza and some desserts that I compiled while I was waiting. I don’t know what it is about the grill. Meals just seem… Read more »

Mediterranean Grain Salad + A Fun Picnic Tip

My neighborhood is the best!  We gather at different times throughout the year – over the Christmas Holidays,  Halloween, and when it is nicer weather we close down the street, bring out the grills and let the kids take over with bikes, scooters, skateboards and basketball hoops. So nice to catch up with neighbors you see occasionally on brief walks,… Read more »

Tomato Jam

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I think I’ve posted before…I love fresh, just from the vine, summer tomatoes. Especially the ones from my dad’s garden. Sadly those won’t be available until later in the season, but I really wanted tomatoes on the burgers I was grilling recently. What to do… I decided to make a tomato jam. I’ve made jam before with figs from my… Read more »