Happy Labor Day weekend
to all of my subscribers - new and old! Summer
is almost over and I hope you are all enjoying these last days as much
as we are. We are also reveling in
the wonderful selection of late summer fruits and vegetables that are
abundant in the markets right now. All
year we wait for the height of plum
season and the explosion of fresh tomatoes that we find during the last
days of August and early September. There
is nothing that speaks summer to us as do fresh tomatoes.
A slice of a good tomato is like a slice of
heaven - the problem is finding good tomatoes. We
frequent our local produce market where the owners know how to select
and store these wonderful summer treats. It
may take an extra trip to a local produce market but it is well worth
it. Grocery store tomatoes don't
even come close to farm fresh tomatoes. It
is amazing that until just about 120 years ago, tomatoes were
considered poisonous in this country.
For five great ideas
on how to serve and enjoy tomatoes, read more here.
TS Fay Results in New
We've all heard the song
"Dancing in the Streets" - well, we were canoeing in our streets after
Tropical Storm Fay came and left - leaving 30 inches of rain behind her.
We normally don't flood in our neighborhood
- but most streets can't handle so much rain in so little amount of
time. My mother-in-law lives 5
houses away and had water coming up to her door. My
husband took our canoe out in the midst of the storm and evacuated his
mom to our house. He even had to
make two trips - one for her and one for her yellow lab - who was not
happy about having to swim to our house. We
loaned our canoe to others who needed to fetch their dogs or belongings
from the flooded streets and houses. And
we learned how to make lemonade when life gave us lemons.
Right after dinner, the rains subsided for
an hour and we decided to take an evening stroll - flood style - in our
canoe. It was nice being able to
canoe down the street to check on our neighbors, assess the damage and
build some lasting memories with the children. Luckily,
no one on our street had water in their house, although many in our
town did. It's amazing how quickly
life can change. We were supposed
to be camping on the west coast of
when Tropical Storm Fay changed our plans and put life on hold for a
few days. We thank God that we did
not see more damage and we pray that He will ease the suffering of
those who did.
During our housebound days, I
invested my time in finishing my vegetable cookbook.
Somehow, I never could find or make the time
to put the finishing touches on 60 of our favorite vegetable recipes.
Now, it is done! The
book, entitled Vegetables
from A to Z, has recipes for the most common vegetables found
in grocers and produce markets. These
60 recipes are a collection of the tastiest and easiest dishes my
family enjoys everyday. The book
also details how to select and store everything from asparagus to
zucchini. The ebook version of my
second cookbook is available now for only $7. I
am sending the book to the printers and will have hard copies available
by mid-September for only $11.99 (plus $2.99 S&H). I
also have a "combo" special with my first cookbook, Wisdom
From the Kitchen, Volume I here.
I hope this newsletter finds
you all well. The weather has
finally lifted and we went camping this last week.
We had lots of fresh air, fun in the sun and
a plethora of fresh fruit that we missed while being homebound for so
long. May you and your family also
enjoy the last few days of summer.