Friday, November 9, 2012


I can get you to love beets- trust me I can!

Golden beets, Chioggia beets, Detroit beets- doesn't matter- now I know some beets have a certain 'earthy' taste, so for this recipe I'm using Chioggias, but the Goldens are equally delish.

I peeled this giant beauty plucked from my garden and roasted it in a hot oven until done.

While that was cooking, I sauteed some sliced mushrooms and Cippolini onions (also from my garden).
Don't forget the garlic. Never forget the garlic.

I sprinkled the mushrooms and onions with some Parmigiano-Reggiano, and topped it all off with some wonderful Chevre from our island cheese farm, and crowned it with my own pickled onions.

Grab a chunk of warm crusty French bread and a nice glass of wine and call it dinner.

Monday, November 5, 2012


One of our late summer time activities we love to do, and haven't done in years, is make our own applesauce. So with a bit of encouragement from our daughter we decided it was about time.

First off, either pick or buy the apples. We did both- managed to get some island apples, AND some at the Saturday market.

2 varieties...

How did they ever manage before the apples peeler/corer was invented? Seriously!

You know- then the usual, sterilize the jars, and lids, and, and, and...

 While that's going on- you start cooking down the apples...

And in goes the Red Hots (no more sugar needed)...

Love that color...

Ah, the finished product- sure looks good on the shelf...