Entries Tagged 'Snacks'



Cheddar, Parmesan, and Cracked Pepper Scones

Cheddar, Parmesan, and Cracked Black Pepper Scones

These are amazing.  I’m calling them savory scones, but you might recognize them as a rich version of cheddar biscuits.  I really don’t care what you call them as long as you make them for someone special. Continue reading →

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Honey Lemon Olive Oil Muffins with Lemon Glaze

Honey Lemon Olive Oil Muffins in Basket

I woke up this morning thinking about Sicily. I miss the first house we lived in with the fig, olive, and lemon trees.  The figs should be ripe now. There were two olive trees and my dog would constantly chew up then spit out the olives that fell to the ground.  They tasted terrible and I don’t know why he kept trying, but he kept it up.

My landlord taught me how to cure the green olives by cracking them with a hammer and submerging them in salted water for weeks.  My cutting board is still stained in one spot from cracking olives that afternoon six years ago.  He also taught me to pick the ripe and nearly-ripe olives and cure them by layering olives with salt in a basket and letting them sit for a few weeks until they were shriveled and pungent and delicious.  I didn’t speak much Italian, he spoke no English, but we figured it out. Continue reading →

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Food Blog Friday: Spicy Tomato Jam from Divina Cucina

Spicy Tomato Jam with Goat Cheese

There are tons of tomato jam recipes floating around right now, but the first time I remember reading about it was last summer at Over a Tuscan Stove.  Although Judy cooks, teaches, and blogs from Tuscany, the recipe for tomato jam came from a brochure that a friend mailed her from Sicily.  Like all of my favorite Sicilian recipes, the jam recipe is very simple – just tomatoes, sugar, lemon juice, and a bit of fresh basil.  I bookmarked it back then, but didn’t get around to trying it until recently. Continue reading →

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Summer Fest: Spicy Pickled Garlic

Pickled Garlic in Jars

This past weekend might have marked the unofficial end of summer, but Summer Fest is still in full swing over here.  This week we’re celebrating garlic and it’s perfect timing for me because my friend Ruby recently sent me home with a big bag of garlic from her mom’s garden.

Garlic Bulbs

I wasn’t sure what to do with all the garlic and I toyed with the idea of roasting a huge batch and perhaps freezing it in small portions to use throughout the fall and winter.  But then I remembered the pickled garlic that my grandmother used to buy and serve alongside other appetizers during the holidays.  It was really good and I wondered if I could make something similar myself. Continue reading →

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Food Blog Friday: Lemon Poppyseed Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread in Pan

Happy Food Blog Friday!  This is my absolute favorite zucchini bread recipe and I’m thrilled to be able to share it with you today.  Heidi from 101 Cookbooks calls this her Special Zucchini Bread and with extras like lemon zest and poppy seeds, it truly is special.  Continue reading →

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Deviled Eggs for the 4th of July

Deviled Eggs

Don’t forget the deviled eggs this weekend!  Friends and family love these Deviled Eggs so much that the whole plate disappears quickly no matter how many I make.  I’ve learned that I need to hide a couple in the refrigerator if I want to eat any myself.  For an added kick, try sprinkling smoked paprika on top.

Best Basic Deviled Eggs Recipe

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Fresh Fig and Banana Milkshake

Fresh Fig and Banana Milkshake

This was a simple but lovely treat on an extremely hot summer afternoon.  I had been snacking away on my first figs of the season when I remembered the bag of frozen bananas in the freezer.  Combined with whole milk, fresh figs, and a touch of local honey, I had a feeling that one of those bananas would turn into a unique and delicious shake.  I was right. Continue reading →

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Peach and Peppadew Salsa

Peach and Peppadew Salsa

A couple of my peaches ripened overnight and I decided to try making some peach salsa to go with my lunch.  As I dug through my fridge for salsa ingredients, I realized that I was out of both jalapeño and serrano chiles, one of which I had been hoping to use in the salsa.  Since I didn’t feel like running to the store before lunch, I dug a little further in the fridge and found a container of Peppadews I had purchased last week. Continue reading →

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