Pesto with Sun Dried Tomatoes

by Lindsey on February 24, 2010

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for it to be summer. I miss my garden and my tomatoes and the sun.   Solution: sun dried tomatoes.  They pack a punch of flavor that gets me by until it warms up again. By now, I’m sure everyone has heard of and probably tried these […]

This recipe comes from one of my most beloved cookbooks, Land O’ Lakes Treasury of County Recipes.  (It’s really hard to find these days unless you buy it used.) I grew up making recipes from this book with my mother. One recipe I never tried until I was an adult was the recipe for Orange […]

It’s Wednesday and the day before Thanksgiving.  I know.  You probably already have your menus planned.  Have you baked your pumpkin pie yet? I’ll let you in on a little secret–I don’t like pumpkin pie….unless it’s the one pictured below.  This pie changed my mind about pumpkin pie forever. Last year as I was casually […]

Trick-or-Treat Cookies

by Lindsey on October 28, 2009

My husband does not like sugar cookies.  No way.  But he does like these Trick-or-Treat cookies a lot.  The dough is soft and pliable and full of Fall–honey, molasses, raisins, and spices. For the cookies in the pictures, I used half whole wheat flour and omitted the raisins (didn’t have any on hand).  The only […]

Perfect Chocolate Cupcakes

by Lindsey on October 14, 2009

These are the perfect chocolate cupcakes. Perfect. They aren’t too chocolaty, but enough to tame a heavy-duty craving. And the texture is lovely too. They practically melt in your mouth. The recipe comes from baking wizard, Dorie Greenspan.  If you aren’t familiar with her and you like to bake, do a quick Google search and […]

Creating a Good Green Salad

by Lindsey on September 30, 2009

(Mixed greens with strawberries, cashews, feta, and chicken.) I never thought I liked salad because all I ever saw when I was growing up was insipid iceberg lettuce, dry preshredded carrots and gloppy ranch dressing. Now that kind of salad has its place, just not in my kitchen.  Salad can be much more adventurous and […]

Peaches are my very favorite summer fruit.  (Nectarines come in second.)  I have been buying (and eating) peaches by the dozen.  We simply cannot get enough of our beloved local peaches. Most of the time we eat them out-of-hand with the juice dripping to our elbows.  A few have made their way into frozen desserts […]

In 1972, Ian Dowding and Nigel Mackenzie of The Hungry Monk Restaurant in East Sussex, England, created one of my favorite desserts–Banoffee Pie.  (You can find their original recipe here on their website.) Most recipes from the UK use Digestive Biscuits or even better–Hobnobs, neither of which I have on hand.  Instead, I opt for […]

One Chicken, Two Meals

by Lindsey on July 22, 2009

This is a fabulous recipe my good friend Liz gave me 5 or 6 years ago.  It’s great for summertime when you don’t want to heat up the house by turning on the oven.  Plus it’s easy, fast, and really good.  My husband frequently requests this.  Oh, and it can feed your family for several […]

Fresh Cherry Pie

by Lindsey on July 8, 2009

I live in a rural community not too far from some lovely fruit orchards.  A few weeks ago I took my kids for a drive to look at the cherry trees.  We’ve been watching them since the early spring when buds first started forming.  We marveled at the lovely blossoms in late April.  Now the […]

Each year I can’t wait for summer to arrive.  I love the fresh fruit available.  I love using fresh fruit in summer desserts. One way to enjoy I love to enjoy summer fruit (besides eating it out of hand) is to include it in a trifle. Last summer I made a Red, White and Blue […]

I’m excited to announce another new regular contributor here at Make and Takes. Lindsey is a fabulous foodie and will be sharing her creations with us every other Wednesday! Yay! I’m happy to have her as part of the team. With summer upon us, I wanted to share my very favorite recipe for Tomatillo-Serrano Chile […]

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