Plum Cobbler

Repeat after me: a cobbler is not the same as a crisp, and neither are the same as a crumble. Or a buckle, a pandowdy, a betty, or a puzzle. Slump, maybe, but only the cobbler. Don’t even get me started on grunts. Who came up with these names??

Lady of Shalott (Rosa ‘Lady of Shalott’ or Rosa ‘Ausnyson’)

To say that I like roses would be a bit of an understatement. There are over 30 different varieties of roses currently growing in our garden, and we are always on the lookout for more. I see nothing wrong with this.

Whole Wheat Apricot Waffles

I have come to the sad realization that my apricot trees only want to bear fruit every other year, and the same with my mom’s. Do they have the courtesy of producing in opposite years of each other so we can always have fresh apricots? Of course not, so rude.

Nectarine Sourdough Coffee Cake

Each summer my exercise routine consists of repeatedly running frantically out of my kitchen to the backyard, flapping my arms and yelling “ch ch ch ch” to scare away the scrub jays from my nectarine tree.  When I’m tired, I make the boys do it.

Strawberry & Vanilla Cream Ice Cream

There are times when I curse the summer heat here, and when it’s 105 F and hotter day after day, I can’t be blamed.  But then I remember that hot days do come with certain advantages, like excuses to eat ice cream.

Chocolate Angel Food Cake

You know those cartoons that show a person debating what to do with an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other giving conflicting advice?  This cake is like the two of them got together and struck a deal.

Yemista (Greek Stuffed Tomatoes & Peppers)

I may have mentioned once or twice how much I’m not really fond of summer simply because of the heat here.  I have made a bit of a truce, though, because that heat makes all sorts of yumminess possible.