The Safety of Home

No matter how lovely the weather is this time of the year, there is always the possibility of a storm. When a bad storm is approaching, your first thought usually turns towards the safety of home. Hurricane “Irene” made us temporally close our summer cottage and head to our home in New Hampshire. We were […]

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Strawberry Martini

Summertime is strawberry time and a strawberry martini is a nice cocktail to enjoy in the evening. I make mine from homemade strawberry infused vodka. The infused vodka has the essence of sweet strawberries and no harsh taste. And the infusion is as easy as one, two, three. Strawberry Infused Vodka 1 qt. strawberries 1 […]

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Welcome To Our Summer Cottage

Welcome to our summer cottage. If you have followed my blog from the beginning, you read “Let’s take a ride” and “Needs a little work“. They are the background on how we discovered our summer cottage and the work that needed to be done. At first I thought of a white or cream interior for […]

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The First Vine Ripe Tomato

All winter you think about the first vine ripe tomato, plucked from the vine, still warm from the sun. One bite and you have a mouthful of sweet, juicy goodness. You forget about the no taste, red balls that the supermarkets have been selling. While most people eat tomatoes all ¬†year, the taste is usually […]

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Roasted Mediterranean Chicken Dinner

During the summer, my husband and I do lots of entertaining at the lake. When having friends for dinner, we like to serve something that is easy to prepare and that everyone will enjoy. One of our favorite things to cook and eat is a roasted Mediterranean chicken with lemons. There is not much prep […]

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An Honor and a Challenge

Roger Stowell at Camerahols/Food, Photography & France is a blogger who feels like an old friend. He has passed along a challenge to me from Yummy Chunklet. I feel flattered that he included me with well known bloggers. I will not think of Roger as “a swine” as he mentioned in his challenge even though […]

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Antique and Classic Wooden Boat and Car Show

Something my husband and I look forward to each year is the Antique and Classic Boat and Car Show. This is an annual event now in its 18th year. It is held along the Naples Causeway that divides Long Lake from Brandy Pond in August of each year. It was a lovely warm summer day […]

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Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes, Capers and Red Onion

In the summer, I prefer to eat simply prepared food with lots of fresh ingredients from the garden. Pasta is a dish that everyone loves and this recipe shows off the great flavor of perfectly ripe heirloom tomatoes. It is enhanced with lots of fresh herbs along with capers and red onion. Whether cooking for […]

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Farmers Market Beet Greens

Trips to the farmers market still inspire what we will prepare during the next couple of days for our evening meal. Today there were green tomatoes…yes we have them also, so we passed on by. Fresh fennel is always great in a salad… just dressed with extra virgin olive oil, fresh squeezed lemon juice, with […]

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Vegetarian Lunch

I had an unexpected call from a friend visiting Portland and invited her up to the lake for lunch. Lunch had to be something that was simple to put together, knowing that she would arrive at the cottage in less than hour. It had to be vegetarian as she doesn’t eat any kind of meat. […]

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