Month: September 2013

Herb Bread (Pane all’Erbe) – A delicious start to fall baking

Makes a great knackwurst-sauerkraut Oktoberfest panini!

Makes a great knackwurst-sauerkraut Oktoberfest panini!

Now is a great time for baking bread.  This particular herb bread recipe from Carol Field’s The Italian Baker caught my eye because I’ve got a lot of parsley in my garden I need to use and I also thought the bread could be used in a variety of ways.  After baking and tasting it, I think I’m right. (more…)


First Fall Dish – Lamb Stew with Backyard Garden Vegetables

Lamb Stew recipeI probably say this every year but fall is by far my favorite time of the year to cook.  It’s nice to get back in front of the stove after cooking on the grill all summer.  I just feel more creative in the fall, there’s only so much you can do with the grill, and the season brings lots of variety with it: soups, stews, roasts, braises, and baking (not that I’m much of a baker).  You can see why I was eagerly looking forward to building a lamb stew. (more…)

Cucumber Fennel Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing

Cucumber Fennel SaladI always enjoy when Cheryl picks out recipes for Sunday Dinner.  It’s kind of like a mystery ingredient box, I don’t know what she’ll pick and she usually picks a recipe or two we’ve never tried.  This past weekend she picked up the Food & Wine magazine I hadn’t even read yet and decided a cucumber fennel salad would be the perfect accompaniment to some grill-roasted chicken.  (more…)

Garden Fresh Zucchini Bread

Zucchini BreadI hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing Labor Day weekend.  Fall is right around the corner and my vegetable garden is really producing right now.  I am amazed at how vegetables just decide to grow.  For what seems an eternity they just plod along and then all of a sudden it’s like a switch gets thrown and you’ve got fruit on the vines.  However, there’s only so much grilled zucchini and zucchini salads we can take though, so what’s left?  That good old stand-by: zucchini bread. (more…)