During this sun ripen season of July and August, there are so many favorite and exotic vegetables and fruits with which to create light and savory dishes.

Too Hot to Cook

The French call this tartine.  On French bread, place sliced tomato, cheese wedge and fresh peach sprinkled with pink salt and pepper


Ribboned zucchini slices, avocado and red, green peppers drizzled with olive oil


Skillet roasted corn, feta cheese and pistachios – better yet, create you own combinations!

Silky Smooth Cold Soups

Cream of Corn Soup – Cook and puree fresh corn using the broth, add plain yoghurt and sprinkle cayenne pepper


Spanish Gazpacho Soup – Place fresh tomatoes and red peppers in a blender until creamy.  Add a zest of orange juice and dip bread sticks into soup


Zucchini Coconut Soup – Cook and cool two small potatoes and puree them with zucchini slices in a blender, cream in some coconut milk and garnish with cilantro

Cold Rice or Pasta Vegetable Salad with Chicken or Shrimp

My Maman made these tasty salads with varying fresh ingredients and herbs.  She even made the mayonnaise with eggs and olive oil to bind everything together with a dash of lemon or balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.

Follow with fruity herbal spritzes, cherry and peach desserts and voila!

Time to revel in Happy Summer!



Here’s wishing you a very happy 4th of July

Even if it’s in the middle of the week, celebrating the USA can pack a WOW!  Here’s how I plan to celebrate, taste and sip on our shady wraparound deck and watch the fireworks pop in the dark sky :

Oven-fried BBQ chicken

Grilled veggie French bread pizza

Root beer baby back ribs

French potato salad Nicoise

Red, white, blue parfaits

and Dandy Shandy cold beer and lemonade cocktail

Hope you will join in this patriotic fanfare!


May Honors Mary with Lilies of the Valley

A Christian legend proposes the lily bells to be “the frozen tears of the Virgin Mary”

In France, people give each other a bouquet of ‘muguet blanc’ as an offering for beneficence…like my grandmother used to give me…

The delicate bell blossoms are sweetly scented, their green stems denote something royal as if to say –  Springtime – Take the lead in nature’s rites amid verdant foliage

Time to open and spray me some of this elixir all around!

Thanks for your visit –  scribe for love, truth and peace



May Tidbits

May is Spring in the Northern Hemisphere and Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere

May is named after the Greek goddess Maia

May honors Mary – Mother of all Mothers and honors Joseph as the patron saint for workers

May’s flower is ‘the Lily of the Valley’ symbolic of a keen, ardent and enthusiastic personality

The birthstone for May is the ’emerald’ conveying success and love

…Winter, please step aside and allow May to bring flowers galore!

Thanks for your visit – scribe for love, truth and peace