Homemade Herbed Ricotta and Tomato Salad

This is my first year growing tomatoes, and I have been patiently waiting while my first three tomatoes ripen. Today was the day, they smelled delicious and their skin was a perfect red, we decided to harvest our first tomatoes! How do you do your first tomatoes justice though? I didn’t want to cook them…

Trio of Sauces – Peach Confiture, Aioli, and Cilantro Chutney

I think its evident that I don’t like to plan average cookouts! With very few exceptions, boxed foods are not even allowed in my home. I try to make my own everything, and if I don’t, I generally reach out to a reputable seller that makes products in house. Our lovely guests brought all of…

Lemon Custard with Lemon Curd Topping

I love lemon curd, but for some reason didn’t think of making it myself until a year ago when I found myself with a dozen egg yolks left over from a big merengue I was making. So many of my recipes are created out of the leftover ingredients of other cooking endeavors, but I am…

Chapati with Cilantro Chutney

Earlier this year, we threw a giant Indian party with almost 20 guests in attendance. It was a huge hit. Seeing the photos, my students requested Indian food for the gallery openings at Carver, and my dad requested Indian food for his birthday. I have been bringing these recipes back out regularly because they are…

Homemade Yogurt

I love to have yogurt for breakfast, but I do not love visiting the yogurt aisle at the grocery store. I am a firm believer in full fat yogurt and I like mine plain so I can avoid food coloring and artificial sweeteners. I prefer to add on some granola, fruit and a bit of…

Trifecta of Jam – Rhubarb, Mixed Berry, and Strawberry

I recently posted my Mango Jam recipe, but as delicious as it is, one pot of Jam is never enough for a High Tea! For our tea on Saturday, we were expecting a dozen guests, so I figured I needed at least four different jams! To cover the Jam rainbow, I served the Mango Jam…

Clotted Cream and Butter

Clotted cream is not something you come across frequently in America. I have only been served clotted cream once, and it was during a High Tea at an Alice in Wonderland themed tea room in New York. Clotted cream is delicious, but rather pricey! Luckily for us all, it is incredibly easy to make!  All…

Mango Jam with Cardamom and Saffron

I used up two of my giant pile of mangoes yesterday, but six more were sitting on my counter, threatening me with their ripeness. I love jam, in fact, now that I can bake a great baguette and figured out how to make my own butter, I occasionally survive for days on end on toasted…