Mom's Diner

July 8, 2012

Perfection

Filed under: food, homemade, sandwiches, tomato — Tags: , , — momsdiner61 @ 1:29 pm

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This is it – summer perfection at its peak! For weeks now, we have nurtured the tomato plants, just waiting for the first few fruits to appear. We watched as this tomato grew into a large ball and turned from green to an orangey-red. We picked it just before it was completely red and let it finish ripening in the window in order to keep the deer and other wildlife from enjoying this prize. We did all this and endured a summer storm, 5 days with no power, and record-breaking temperatures. But, today, we finally enjoyed the “fruits of our labors,” placing delicious slices of red garden- grown tomato on soft slices of white bread, layered on mayonnaise and a sharp cheddar American cheese slice -the first tomato sandwich of the season! It needs nothing else, no further description – the tomato sandwich is perfection, and we hope to enjoy many more before the first frost comes this fall.

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July 5, 2012

Old-Fashioned Sparkling Sugar Cookies

Filed under: cookies, desserts, homemade — Tags: , , — momsdiner61 @ 8:30 pm

Sometimes, the tried and true is the best, and this is certainly true of these sugar cookies! Made from the Betty Crocker Boys and Girls Cookbook that I got as a child in the early seventies and now a favorite cookbook with my own children, these cookies are all that a sugar cookie should be. The cookie is light and soft, yet substantial, with the sweet crunch of the colored sugar sprinkles and the wonderful burst of lemony sweetness from the lemon zest that a true sugar cookie should have. It is very hard not too eat too many of these as they come out hot from the oven!

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June 27, 2012

Garden Dinner Extraordinaire!

My grandfather was a farmer, and my great grandfather was a farmer, but I am definitely not a farmer, as the large collection of dead and dying plants on my deck attest. Fortunately for us, we are not dependent on our garden for sustenance (if we were, I am sure we would starve). But, my children wanted a garden, so a garden we have in our backyard, filled with spring onions, baby carrots, tomatoes, Yukon gold potatoes, pole beans, Lima beans, cucumbers, peas, lettuce, and green peppers. And, we have a lovely blueberry bush that produces lots and lots of big, juicy blueberries despite our gardening ineptitudes. So, tonight, we had our garden dinner extraordinaire – fresh pasta tossed with spring onions and tiny cherry tomatoes and baby carrots in a creamy Parmesan and a vinaigrette dressing served with boiled Yukon potatoes on the side. For dessert, there was a homemade blueberry cobbler, juicy berries intermingled with perfectly textured cake. Somehow, these home grown fruits and vegetables had so much flavor that it was truly a joy to eat them, savoring the flavors that came out of our labors and our own backyard! Never mind that every day for the last two months we have been tending this garden and supporting it with everything it needs – the seeds, the tomato cages, the stakes for the pole beans, the Miracle Grow applications, and more. And, despite our best preparations, it always seems to need something else – the deer ate the heads off the pole beans, so off we went to get stakes and netting, the soil was low in nitrogen, so we added fertilizer, the tomatoes were showing signs of calcium deficiency so we spread lime. Not to mention the lights and the motion sensor sprinklers to keep animals out of our tiny Eden. This is definitely not a money-saving endeavor, but the flavors rival anything that I have ever eaten, so I am going to do my best to enjoy this bit of gardening luck that has come my way, one meal at a time for as long as it lasts!

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June 18, 2012

Barbecue Pit Summer Feast!

The barbecue pit – an elegantly simple apparatus that delivers up the best weekend-get-together meals! There is nothing better to bring people together than Boston Butt covered in dry rub and slow cooked into pulled pork barbecue. Or, marinate a butt in Mexican flavors and slow cook it for pork carnitas. Soak some corn in husks in water and place on the grill to perfectly steam in the husk. Finish it all off with some chicken Kebobs for the non-pork fans and you have the perfect weekend feast! And, when you think you cannot eat another bite, roast some giant Campfire marshmallows over the coals. What a weekend!

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Blueberry Bounty!

Filed under: Blueberry, bread, homemade — Tags: , — momsdiner61 @ 6:46 pm

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Blueberries cover my blueberry bush, with more turning blue everyday! It is such a wonderful harvest, the plump blue berries just asking to be picked and eaten. One of our favorite things to do with ours is to make blueberry bread with lemon glaze – it is sweet and tart and moist and delicious, all at the same time. The recipe came from a grocery store advertisement, but it is one of my favorites. Around here, that warm loaf of goodness won’t last very long!

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November 26, 2011

Chocolate Cream Cupcakes

Filed under: Chocolate, cupcake, food, homemade — Tags: , , — momsdiner61 @ 7:26 pm

If you love chocolate cream- filled cupcakes, then this is the recipe for you! America’sTest Kitchen absolutely got this one perfectly right. The cake is delicate and moist and wonderfully chocolatey (the secret ingredient is a little instant expresso in the batter, which you cannot pick out when everything is done). The filling is a gooey vanilla marshmallow cream and the frosting is pure chocolate ganache. Hot out of the oven, these little cakes are works of chocolate wonder!

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October 23, 2011

Homemade Parker House Bread and Rolls

Filed under: Boston, bread, food, homemade, Massachusetts — Tags: , , , , , — momsdiner61 @ 8:31 pm

The only thing better than a warm, golden Parker House roll straight from the Parker House in Boston is making (and eating) your own rolls and loaves using the actual recipe at home. I have never made rolls where the dough balls are coated in butter top and bottom and then folded on half, wrapping that buttery goodness inside the roll-to-be. Once cooked, this bread is the finest, smoothest bread with the sweet slightly salty flavor of the sweet cream butter baked into every bite. Eaten hot with butter (add strawberry jam or some apple butter for a totally decadent treat), there just is nothing better. The recipe is on the Parker House website and it is one recipe that really works and is absolutely worth the effort.

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September 16, 2011

Homemade Fried Potatoes!

Filed under: food, homemade, potatoes — Tags: , , — momsdiner61 @ 8:26 pm

Potatoes are one of my three most favorite foods and there is nothing better than a panful of thinly sliced potatoes, diced onions, and green peppers fried in butter until golden brown with a crunchy edge! This is comfort food extraordinaire! Add a little sea salt and fresh ground black pepper and you will feel your spirits lift, no matter how bad your day has been!

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