Our new dog was given us by a neighbor who could no longer keep him. Haiku is a sweetheart who loves to cuddle. His other love is playing with Halo, our rescue puppy. Check out my recipe for Haiku's Favorite Biscuits.
In our vegetable garden this year, we have concentrated on cherry tomatoes, peppers and unusual greens, such as Egyptian spinach and Tree Collards. These all do well in our crazy high dessert climate, with its extreme aridity and heat and its icy nights into June. Here is today's bounty of tomatoes.
I received this wonderful Chikara knife set for a birthday gift this year. My children noticed I was struggling with an odd collection of old, dull knives. Truly any devoted cook will tell you that a good sharp knife set helps make food prep much easier. Thanks, children!
Our new puppy, Halo, is now a little over one year old. We found her at a local rescue agency, and she is a lively, spunky little mixed breed pup! Her favorite thing is running off the leash in the open lands of the Cleveland National Forest near the Pacific Crest Trail. She is faster than any jack rabbit!
Enter a strange world of puzzling "pixaels". Travel further into the unknown, and unearth a deeper mystery that may never be fully understood. Raster Prime is here and available on the App Store and Google Play! Enter its rotating doors.
My children are game developers and have recently released an additive wave puzzle game called Kerflux. It's relaxing, yet at the same time, stimulating. I know you and your family members will enjoy it!
Recently, I was lucky enough to find a great little Scottish thistle shortbread pan in our local thrift shop. Shortbread recipes go back to medieval times, when bakers would have leftover dough from making bread. They would place it in a slow oven to harden. Eventually, yeast was omitted from the bread recipe and replaced by butter and sugar, forming the Scottish delight known as "shortbread". Try my recipe for Almond Shortbread and Buttermilk Scones as well!
Vegetarians can enjoy a barbecue grill, cook-out, or fire pit party just as much as anyone else. My daughter and I made a fire pit from a bed of gravel, a ring of rocks and a removable steel grill. Here we roasted tofu, butternut squash and potatoes. My next cook-out will feature marinated/grilled Homemade Tempeh.
On a hot summer day, there is nothing more refreshing than a pitcher of iced water with slices of oranges, lime, or lemon floating inside. Slice the fruit thinly, leaving the washed rinds on, and for best results allow the fruited water to chill an hour or more before icing it and serving. Another treat is cucumber water, made in the same way. No need for sugary drinks! You and your guests will love these simple thirst quenchers. (Thanks and credit to my friend, April, for this great idea!)