Chesapeake Crab Cakes!!!

One of the benefits of living in Delaware is our proximity to the Chesapeake Bay and access to blue crabs. Chesapeake crab cakes are a treat; and they are a treat we make just as tasty at home as you can get at a crab shack. The key is good crab and using a minimum…

Almond Date Energy Nuggets – Back in Training

My distance training break has ended and I am back to building up for the Amsterdam Half Marathon.  While I was on “break” I decided to have some “fun” and do speed drills.  If I wasn’t going long, I would go fast.  I was focused on increasing speed without injury – the two often had…

Khoresh Karafs – Celery Stew

The first time I went to Iran, my sister-in-law made a wonderful celery stew – Khoresh Karafs. I had never tasted anything like it. Who knew celery could be so tasty as a star ingredient? Since then I had tried to find a recipe for it, but none were quite right. So, during our visit…

Tomato Galette

The tomatoes in my garden are ripe and delicious. The purple cherokees, in particular, are abundant and as tasty as ever, even if they never are very pretty. I have been waiting until this point to make some tomato-centric dishes, such as this adaptation of Yotam Ottolenghi’s Tomato Galette. It is a fresh tomato, pizza-like…

Cabbage & Kidney Bean Salad

I love cabbage. I always have. When I was a child, my father would make his own cole slaw; although I did not like cole slaw, I would hover around while he shredded the cabbage so he would give me a chunk of the head for me to eat. It was a great treat to…

Zucchini Parmesan Grinders

We still had a large chunk of the huge zucchini left; I wanted to use it for dinner, but I was in a finicky mood. None of my zucchini pastas or casseroles were what I was looking for. But I had this big pile of chopped zucchini to deal with. I love eggplant parmesan grinders,…

Zucchini Bread Pancakes

What do you do when you have a huge zucchini and have made enough zucchini bread (although, really, is there ever enough zucchini bread)? You make zucchini bread pancakes! Arielle was given a zucchini from her friend Tori’s garden. It was huge. She made 4 loaves of zucchini bread and there was still two and…

Turkey and String Bean Stir-Fry

One of the only vegetables that grew at my parents’ house was string beans. They pretty much grew wild along the fence by our picnic table; no one ever planted them. My guess is that they started as a volunteer from our neighbor’s yard and then became quite established. Wherever they came from, I loved…

Peach Time in Delaware – Peach Tart

Delaware used to be one of the top peach growing states in the US – back in the 1800’s that is. Hundreds of thousands of acres of peach trees were harvested in the county I live in. Sadly, in the 1920’s a disease devastated the peach trees and now there are only a handful of…