First Time Using a Cherry Pitter

James brought home a slice of cheesecake for each of us. He’d gone to Weiland’s Market. My flavor was plain New York Cheesecake. I saw the fresh cherries on the counter and thought they would make a nice addition to the dessert. Laura said “use the Cherry pitter”. It was out on the cutting board. How do I do it? “Like a stapler” she said. So easy. So fun. The juicy fresh fruit was a wonderful contrast to the rich cheesecake.

I ate half. Saved some for tomorrow.

Arugula Microgreens Grown by the Lettuce Ladies

Grown hydroponically by the Lettuce Ladies Ambridge PA.

I used arugula microgreens for the first time in the Spaghetti Arugula dish I learned how to make when I took a cooking class at La Cucina Flegrea taught by chef Anna Fevola. (Click to see links)

The micro greens are fragrant. Delicate but flavorful. Delicious! Have you tried microgreens?

Added some freshly grated Parmesan on top

I put the micro greens on top of the spaghetti arugula mixture at the end. Don’t cook the micro greens for this dish. Just toss the arugula throughout your portion!

Kitchen Sink Cookies

Butter, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, salt, oatmeal, raisins the basic start to a cookie……but then you add Grape-Nuts, chocolate chips, and coconut, toasted pecans…..Kitchen Sink Cookies (click for recipe). There are other recipes that add potato chips, pretzels and toffee.

Idiom “everything but the kitchen sink”

“……first print reference can be found in 1918 in the newspaper The Syracuse Herald. The expression became popular during World War II, where it was said that everything but the kitchen sink was thrown at the enemy.

No wheat germ on hand but I did toast the pecans
Parchment paper is essential

Flourless Chocolate Cloud Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cloud Cake recipe from Leite’s Culinaria

Ingredients
Melting the chocolate
Six eggs. Two whole. Four whites
Beating the clouds
9” Springform pan lined with parchment.
Whipped Cream will cover the cracks

Pesto Yes or No ?

Pine nuts, garlic, freshly grated Parmesan, olive oil and a couple of cups of basil leaves whirled in the food processor. To me it tasted like summer.

The Harvie farm box arrived on the front porch today. When I unpacked it, it was the fragrant basil that motivated me to think of pesto.

Pesto- yes or no?

Pesto tossed on spaghetti.
Bottom right corner. Fresh basil

Savory Spinach Hand Pies

Hand pie– can be sweet or savory. You can hold them in your hand to eat them.

Here’s a recipe to make them .

That’s Parmesan cheese on the top of the crust. I heated them in the oven at 350 using my cast iron skillet.

Savory Spinach Hand Pies made by *

“* 350° Bakery is a small batch bakery in Pittsburgh’s southside. 350° specializes in classic scratch-made treats that take you back to childhood- flaky pies, beautiful layer cakes, fudgy brownies, sticky buns, cookie sandwiches- we’ve perfected all your favorites. We understand the importance of quality, so we start all of our baked goods with the best ingredients. We use local cage-free eggs as well as fruits and vegetables from local farms. Dairy products are local and free of hormones, and our dry ingredients are carefully sourced from local distributors. Our baked goods are made with integrity and it comes through with every bite.From the Harvie Farms Website

A Favorite Appliance

Do you have a favorite appliance? My friend just repaired the pin that holds the head onto the body. It had worked its way out so the head wobbled when being used. I was so pleased it could be fixed as this Kitchen Aid mixer was a gift from my dad in 1986. It’s been a reliable workhorse in several kitchens where we’ve lived. A lot of birthday cakes and batches of cookies have been produced with it. And when I realized how happy I was it was fixed, I decided it’s my favorite appliance (with my toaster I received for my 50th birthday a close second).

Steady workhouse since 1986