Bruschetta – yum , yum

Here’s a fairly simple lunch or appetizer I make, since I grow my own basil and always have some ready to use. You might want to try making it too. 1/2 loaf French baguette – cut into 1/4 to 1/2″slices (or 1 loaf, if it’s a tray of appetizers for a group). Spread each piece with a […]

Grow Some Spearmint; Make A Mojito

This is the spearmint plant I have growing in a pot on my porch. The slightest movement of the leaves creates a wonderful aroma. I started growing it mostly as an experiment after seeing it for sale at my local nursery. I’ve always liked the smell of spearmint, but wasn’t sure what I would do with it. […]

Chocolate Strawberry Yumminess

Chocolate-covered strawberries are delicious as is, but presentation makes them even more appealing. How they are photographed makes or breaks their appeal, as well. The quality and direction of the light makes a difference – in this case, soft window light from the side, not the front, to create dimension. There are plenty of places to […]

Make Your own Pyracantha Jelly

Pyracantha (or firethorn) is a thorny evergreen plant in the family Rosaceae, which is great for use as a hedge, but also produces a wealth of edible tiny red berries (pomes). In many parts of the country the berries are ready for harvest in the late fall, but in warmer climates like southern Arizona, the […]

Basil After a Rain

Yum yum; homegrown organic sweet basil. This little guy was covered in raindrops and photographed in the early morning light at ISO 100 with my macro lens at f2.8 at 1/500 second for limited depth-of-field, creating a single point of focus. Here’s a recipe of mine for salad you might want to try, if you have some […]

Life is a Bowl of Cherries

It’s the end of summer, which means the end of fresh cherries is in sight.  Not to worry, however. Here’s a recipe I found for cherry cobbler which uses frozen cherries, so you can make this any time of the year. This particular recipe is dairy free, so it’s perfect for everyone, including vegans like […]