Smoked Salmon Asparagus Quiche

Spring is glorious!  And for a foodie, there is nothing that speaks to the season more than fresh asparagus!  Delicious plain, it is glorious in dishes like this smoked salmon asparagus quiche!  

Smoked salmon asparagus quiche makes a tasty, easy meal. Perfect for a nice spring breakfast or brunch--or with salad as a light dinner.

Smoked Salmon Asparagus Quiche

After a Memorial Day weekend “up north” –with guests and lots of (delicious) fattening food, I was ready for a meal that is simple but delicious.  Quiche fits the bill–and can work well outside it’s normal brunch slot as a great dinner entrée. 

It can even be made without a crust if you are watching your waistline!  (Yes, that’s what I did for this!) Read more

Easy Homemade Potting Soil

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer—hooray! I am planting my garden TODAY… and happy to share my “recipe” for Homemade Potting Soil.  

If you are a composter, making homemade potting soil is easy! Just mix with sand and peat or coir. Happy container gardening!

Making Homemade Potting Soil

The main ingredient in my mix is compost; I’ve been a casual composter for years!  We keep a tub for kitchen waste under the sink and also compost fall leaves and an occasional bagger of grass clippings.  Even without tending and turning, I can count on an annual “harvest” of a few large buckets of compost!  

Yes, composting means never having to feel guilty about tossing the fennel.    Read more

Rich Fish Chowder

Finding a nice, rich fish chowder recipe had been on my list for ages.  I love fish… and eat a lot of soup.  How could I not have a fish soup recipe?

This rich fish chowder makes a delicious entree or starter soup. With simple ingredients & full flavor, it is perfect for everyday or special occasions.

Rich Fish Chowder, Served

In truth, I think the idea scared me. 

I was afraid a rich fish chowder would be fattening.  Or expensive (the one my mother used to make practically required a bank loan). Or would require months of testing.   Read more

Amber Necklace Review and Giveaway

Recently I got an offer to do a review and giveaway from a small company called Spark of Amber.  I was excited–I love supporting small businesses—and the Amber necklace they sent me is beautiful!  Amber Necklace

Amber is a fossilized tree resin that has been prized since prehistoric times for its depth and beauty. It is used in jewelry and decorative items and was once even treated as currency in trade. My grandparents came from Denmark where amber is well-loved, and I grew up admiring my mother’s amber jewelry, and often giving amber gifts. Read more