Chicken Salad Picnic

Where I live every night of the summer we have Music in the Park from 7-8:30pm. It is such a lovely way to spend a summer evening that I find I am constantly trying to make portable easy dinners so that we can enjoy the spontaneity of all summer has Read more…

Photo Credit the Bakery Boy Blog

Cherry Crisp

PrintCherry Crisp Ingredients1/3 cup flour 3/4 cup rolled oats 1/3 cup butter 1/3 cup sugar (divided) 1 pound (about two full cups) tart cherries, pitted 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon nutmegInstructionsPreheat oven to 325°. Combine flour and oats. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Mix in 1/3 cup sugar; Read more…

Cherry Season

We eat cherries for about a week while they are in season but other than that the only cherries we enjoy are of the dehydrated variety. They are kind of like raisins but slightly bigger and great in kids lunches. Each year I dehydrate about 20 racks of cherries, I’m not sure what that is in lbs but I would guess 10-20lbs of cherries.

Summer Canning

I don’t normally can in July or August. It’s just too darn hot to have the stove on that much. Most of my summer preserving is done with the dehydrator on a table outside. One day I will find a man handy enough and who loves me enough to build me a solar dehydrator but until that day I use the electric variety.

However this year has been unseasonably – um – damp, which would make solar dehydration a little bit tricky. A conversation with a friend revealed the fact that I have never had canned cherries. (more…)