Pear Upside-Down Cake

I ran out of time to do a full post, but I made a terrific cake this morning and wanted to spread the word!  It started with big, beautiful Bartlet pears on sale at the supermarket, and it ends with bored, hungry children! The recipe is based on the great Martha Stewart’s pear upside-down cake. …

Arrgh! Fruitflies!!!

This is just a short post with a tip you might need right about now.  How to get rid of the swarms of fruit flies in your kitchen?  Simple! First of all, try moving all your exposed water and produce into a bag or a fridge.  It doesn’t hurt to move your compost bucket further…

Backyard Tent Time

We are still having the most wonderful warm weekends in the Willamette Valley.  The kids are bored with the pool, the water table, the chickens, the garden, and anything else that we’ve been doing all summer. Maybe the same is true for you?  If you are looking for a different way to lounge away the…

Summer Veggie Quiche

I actually can’t believe I have had my little city-country food blog for almost a year and have never blogged about QUICHE!  We eat quiche around here all the time.  It is much easier than it seems and is a great way to use surplus veggies and eggs. All quiches are fundamentally the same: pastry…

Ahh…. sweet corn

“Sex is good. But not as good as fresh, sweet corn” –Garrison Keillor My grandparents owned and lived on a corn farm.  There were lots of other things grown there at different times, but while I was around, there were three main crops.  Corn, grass hay, and tulips.  The boys did all the haying while we…

Freezing Kale

Is kale still all the craze?  I was a little late to that party… too many hours in food service arranging the near-plastic green stuff around salad bars and catering trays. And even though I had conceded to eat it, my kale consumption was largely restricted to kale chips and a heartier version of Chard…