Summer Fruit Tart

Oh how I love all the beautiful, fresh fruit that reaches its prime in summer! From the luscious strawberries that mark the start of the season, to the flavorful peaches and blackberries that make the heat of July and August a bit more bearable, I adore them all! As delicious as fresh fruit is on its own, these summer sweet gems lend themselves so nicely to being transformed into beautiful desserts! ...more

Get Grilling With Fresh Peach Sundaes

One of my favorite things about summertime is the wide variety of fresh produce available at my local grocery stores and farmers' markets. From tomatoes and corn to strawberries and melons, everything is at its flavor peak when the weather is hot....more

Tired of boring fruit salads? Look no further!

Are you tired of the same old fruit salads that have apples, grapes and strawberries? Or are you one of those people that hates bananas as much as I do? Well, then I have the perfect fruit salad for you. It combines cubes of juicy watermelon with yellow mango and sweet blueberries. But that's not all. For a fun twist, it has the heat from a jalapeno and an addition of savory flavor from basil. Go ahead and give this salad a try!...more

Fruit Kabobs

Ingredients: StrawberriesBlueberriesCantaloupePineapple chunksBamboo Skewers Directions: Cut your selected assortment of fruit into bite size pieces.  Thread on to bamboo skewers.  Serve with dip, chocolate sauce, or caramel if desired. Enjoy!!!...more

Ask A Scientist: Banana Gas

Question: Why do some fruits and vegetables ripen after picking and others don’t?...more

How to Can Jam at Home

Try as I might, I've never been able to make enough jam in one season to outlast the year—and my kids' appetites. Prepping several batches of all our favorite types—Strawberry, Blueberry, Wild Black Raspberry and Cherry—each year has become a family tradition, almost as much as eating a dollop of home canned jam on everything from vanilla ice cream to Sunday morning waffles—and I'm honestly not sure which is more beloved. ...more
@Diana That's true! I think sometimes we get deterred because of the fear of wasting food when ...more


Today is the first day of summer for us down here in New Mexico. I know it is still technically spring, but it's 91 degrees out here. We spent the whole day yesterday hooking up our a/c and now I am sitting enjoying the fruits of our labor while watching my husband build a delicious looking fruit salad, that ominously contains gelatin. Weird, don't much care for gelatin, but hopefully it's good. I think that today I am just going to focus on being cool and staying out of the sun as much as possible....more

Mamma's Cobbler

Today was 51 degrees and rainy - and its April 5. I know I should accept that fact that the Pacific Northwest has cold and rainy springs, but I did it anyway. I checked the weather at my parent's house in San Angelo, TX - 80 degrees and sunny. Sigh. ...more

R-E-S-P-E-C-T…That’s What Chocolate Means to Me

Yogi Castle Visit #33 Ddot and I went to Yogi Castle the other day....more

Does Strawberry Jelly Count as Fruit?

How many fruit servings should you eat per day? 2? 3? 5? Let’s consult the food pyramid. But do we still use the pyramid? I thought we were using a circle because it looks like a plate. What if all my plates are triangle shaped?...more