Sour Cherry Tiny Tarts

Eat up. It’s a banner year for sour cherries!
Sour cherry tart in hand

One of my summer rituals is to wait for my little sour cherry tree in our backyard to ripen and then watch the robins carry the cherries off.

It’s a little bit of a thing, this fruit tree. It’s suffered insect damage to its trunk. The deer pillaged it. And once we’d caged, pruned and protected it, it managed only a large handful of cherries for years. (more…)

Going Wild for Walla Walla Sweets

Get your sweet onion on–and soon.
Walla Walla sweet onion salad closeup

When there is so much fabulous produce abounding right now, why in the world would I get excited over onions, of all things?

Because Walla Walla sweet onions are on right now, and they have a season as short as peaches. By the middle of this month, the whole crop will be harvested and once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Yup, fresh, seasonal onions. Kinda unexpected, no? (more…)

Retro Albacore Tuna Noodle Salad

Summer survival eating in a bowl.
albacore tuna salad closeup

On June evenings when it got really hot–so hot your shorts stuck to your thighs and even we kids were sweating–my Mom did not call us in for supper.

Instead of the usual place-mats-and-cloth-napkins dinner table, she brought the food out to us where we played in the yard under the shade of towering oak trees. (more…)