Peach, Maple, and Sour Cream Scones

let cool for 10 minutes before eating

I first developed this delicious fresh peach, maple, and sour cream scone recipe three years ago with the intention of sharing it here. I made them a few times, tweaking the ingredients until they were just right. I baked them for my friends to make sure others liked them as much as I did. I even shared pictures of them on Instagram.

The recipe was ready to go and I only needed to bake them one last time to take the photographs so that I could share them with you. Then, as has happened so often over the last few years, I crashed. I lost interest, I lost motivation, I even lost the actual recipe. Continue reading →

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Chocolate Cherry Crackles

Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Chocolate Crackles were always included on the plates of Christmas cookies my mom put together every year for her friends, coworkers, and relatives. I’ve always loved their crackled appearance and chewy texture so I like to continue the tradition and include them on my Christmas cookie plates as well. But this year I decided to change up the plain chocolate cookie recipe a bit by adding chopped dried tart cherries and extra chocolate chips to the dough. Continue reading →

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Chilled Ginger Cantaloupe Soup

Ginger Cantaloupe Soup

Here’s a post from the archives, originally published in 2009. There are delicious fresh local melons still available just about everywhere, including in my garden, so I thought the timing was right for this simple little soup to make another appearance. Enjoy!

Did you know that cantaloupe and ginger pair well together?  I didn’t, but I do now!

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about chilled soups.  I like to eat them, but for some reason I’ve never made one for myself.  I keep buying vegetables thinking I’m going to throw them into my fancy new blender and create some amazing new soup, but then I forget and use the vegetables for other things.  The most recent example is celery.  I was thinking about making a light cream of celery soup and chilling it.  But then I had this bizarre celery craving and literally ate the entire bunch of celery in two sittings.  Yes, there was homemade blue cheese dressing involved, so perhaps that had something to do with it.  Regardless, the celery was gone and I had no soup. Continue reading →

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Melon and Mozzarella Salad with Honey, Lime, and Mint

Melon and Mozzarella Salad with Lime and Mint

Here’s a post from the archives, originally published in 2010. There are delicious fresh local melons still available just about everywhere, including in my garden, so I thought the timing was right for this simple little salad to make another appearance. 

I bought a delicious Crenshaw melon at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday and after eating a few slices for breakfast yesterday morning, decided to turn the rest of it into melon balls.  I had no particular reason for wanting to do this, it just seemed like a fun thing to do.  And we all know that food tastes better when it’s cut into fun shapes, right?

As I was scooping out the flesh with the antique melon baller that has been in my family for as long as I can remember, I thought about the half-empty container of fresh mini mozzarella balls in the refrigerator.  I had never combined melon with mozzarella before, but the melon balls and mozzarella balls were the same size and shape and the more I thought about it, the more it seemed like they were destined to end up in the same bowl. Continue reading →

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Southwest Macaroni and Cheese

Easy Southwest Macaroni and Cheese  pinchmysalt.com

It’s been at least a few years since I’ve stocked boxes of macaroni and cheese in the pantry, but we visited Grocery Outlet for the first time recently and Phil insisted on grabbing a couple boxes of Horizon organic mac. This stuff was apparently one of his kitchen staples before he went and married a food blogger and there’s something about Grocery Outlet that makes you put lots of random things in your cart, whether you need them or not. Continue reading →

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Sourdough Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Sourdough Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting pinchmysalt.com

I know that some of you looked at the title of this recipe and thought sourdough chocolate what? Or perhaps you thought it was a typo and that this is actually a sour cream chocolate cake. Actually, it is a sour cream chocolate cake, but the recipe title is also correct. This chocolate cake includes a cup of sourdough starter in the batter, which is awesome for those of us who keep sourdough starters for bread and are sometimes looking for ways to use up the cup of starter that gets discarded when feeding our bubbly little pets. If you don’t have a sourdough starter, don’t worry, this cake can easily be made without one and it will still be an absolutely delicious chocolate sour cream cake. Instructions for doing this are in the recipe notes. If you would like to experiment with sourdough, here are my instructions for creating your own starter. Continue reading →

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Artichoke Cheddar Squares

Artichoke Cheddar Squares are an easy and delicious classic appetizer made with canned artichoke hearts and shredded cheddar cheese. pinchmysalt.com

I’ve been feeling nostalgic lately, craving comfort foods, making lots of casseroles, and thinking about recipes that were popular during my adolescence– those fabulous decades known as the eighties and nineties.

It was in this spirit of reminiscence that I was drawn to a familiar recipe called Artichoke Squares that I found while flipping through one of those spiral-bound fundraising cookbooks that someone left in the kitchen at our cabin. I can’t remember my mom ever making artichoke squares and it’s not something I’ve ever made myself, but I can certainly remember eating plenty of those delicious little bites at parties and potlucks. Reading the recipe instantly transported me back to my youth when all things were improved with the addition of marinated artichoke hearts (or sun-dried tomatoes, of course). Continue reading →

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February Garden Update

Gnome in Garden at Pinch My Salt

As always happens here in central California, spring sneaks up on us in February. Every year I see the blossoms on the trees and think that it’s way too early for spring. It’s especially jarring when I see photos of ice storms and piles of snow all over instagram in the evening then wake up to a beautiful sunny day and admire all the tulip trees in bloom while walking the dog. It’s weird, but it’s happening. Spring is most definitely here. Continue reading →

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