Tag Archives: Food

  The first thing we have to do is clear-up a few centuries old sayings:   Let Them Eat Cake   Attributed to sassy Marie Antoinette when approached about the grumblings from her starving subjects.     Cake was the term used to describe burnt browned bits of bread often found on the bottom of […]

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  • Gary Sidley - Oh, that lemon slice would combine beautifully with a cold glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh. My. God! You’re sooooo right! You are a genius!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - The cakes all look amazing, but those flowers! Wow, what a skilled hand they must have to make those. You have now made me want a piece of cake.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Can you believe those flowers! I went over to touch them and was amazed!!!! I may have to get married again just so I can taste test some more! HahahaaReplyCancel

  • 1010ParkPlace - The Lemon Chiffon, please, and I don’t care that after I eat it, I will no longer have it. Yum!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - We can always get more- am I right? HahahaaaReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I love cake. I love cake way too much. I love to make cake, I love to eat cake and I love to hear about cake. Really, I’ll probably be diagnosed as diabetic this year because I love cake. Although I haven’t had some in a while, and now my super skinny sister in law is coming for a week and cake rarely passes her lips and if it does she probably doesn’t eat for a week after. So I doubt cake is in my future. I mean there’s nothing like being a zaftig cake eater at table with a size 0 to harsh your mellow, you know?ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Cake, cake, cake, cake. Mmmmm . . . marching into the kitchen for some yummy carrot cake. Thanks for the suggestion! :ReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - Amazing! My daughter is getting married October 3 and we just did the tasting. It was fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Okay, I am just drooling now. Those cakes look amazing but those flowers? Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - The flowers looked ‘real’ to me as I walked in. Then I realized I was in a confectionary shop and went over to feel them. Almost fell over.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - I am drooling! I too love cake and if you come to visit me I promise to take you to a chocolatier’s shop who make something she calls “Oh My God Cake” — yep that is what you will say after the first bite!ReplyCancel

  • Meg Root - They all look amazing! I am a fan of wedding cake!ReplyCancel

  • Ines Roe - Boy those cakes look incredible. I am the mother of a soon to be brinde (3 October). I wasn’t able to be part of the cake tasting (I sure missed out) but I am sure looking forwad to getting a piece at the wedding. I hope (but I am convinced) it will be as delicious and the photos of your cake tasing look.ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - OK, I’m drooling too. My daughter and future son-in-law and I went to a cake testing and it was FUN!ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - I want your job!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - we didn’t get to eat cake with either our daughter or son – obviously missed a treat! Those wedding cakes are just so beautiful to look at – I’d be refusing to let anyone cut them – take lots of photos of the wedding because I’m a diehard fan of pretty outfits (and cake)!ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - I’ll be testing some cake soon as well. My son’s affair is coming up in May, and I just can’t wait! These all looks so very very yummy! I bet they were too.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl - Just delish! It was a beautiful day. I’m so lucky my son is marrying a wonderful gal, and her mother is fabulous!!!ReplyCancel

  • shallowreflections.com - Raspberry cream would be my pick. All look delicious though! Yum!ReplyCancel

Hello there! Are you as sick of Summer as I am? (No Hate Mail. I’m melting.)   Is your cup (and garden) runneth over-ing?   Not sure what the hell you planted last spring- or why you planted so much?   Did the 16 varieties of zucchini sound like a good idea at the time? […]

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  • Michelle Liew - This post is apt. I just had some earlier!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’ve got six more jars to give away. Maybe I should just keep them?ReplyCancel

  • Diane - Yep. Just harvested another bushel of beans. And peas. And the carrots are getting away from me. But I love it!!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It’s a blessed time of year! God loves the Garden!ReplyCancel

  • Roz Warren - I don’t garden at all but I still got a kick out of this post because I finally learned, after all these years, what is actually in Pesto. All I knew before was that it was green and tasty. So thanks! And good luck with your garden.


    • Cheryl - Aahhhh!!! My FIRST recipe rating!!!! Thanks Roz!ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - To me, nothing says summer like fresh pesto. I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - I love pesto! But I am so with you about summer. I am a winter baby and I am happiest when it’s sweater weather.ReplyCancel

  • Haralee Weintraub - Oh I know. Open car windows and a zucchini is tossed in! My basil is crazy productive too. I am freezing pesto. I am drying bail leaves. I am eating fresh made pesto and using chopped fresh basil on everything.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - I love, love, love pesto. You must have read my mind, Cheryl. We have a huge bunch of basil sitting on our countertop that we purchased on Sunday at the farmer’s market. Now I’ll try your great recipe! Did I tell you I love pesto?ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I need to acquire the taste for it or give up my Sicilian heritage. What a good idea for my basil! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Karen D. Austin - Thanks for the recipe. My local friend Carolyn P. served me homemade pesto a couple of weeks ago, and it was divine. Here’s to those who enjoy making things from scratch.ReplyCancel

  • Alana Mautone - My husband (Italian heritage) and I (not Italian heritage) both love pesto. And yes, we grow basil. Too much basil (although husband would say there was no such thing as too much basil.)ReplyCancel

  • Carolann - Oh my gosh I love Pesto! I’m going to have to try your recipe for sure! It looks every so yummt!


    • Cheryl - You must! And tell me how you’d make adjustments. You can be a ‘tester’!ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - I live vicariously through your harvesting of the pesto and all vegetables Cheryl.ReplyCancel

  • Francene Stanley - I am not able to grow basil and it’s fairly expensive here in England. I’ve never tasted fresh pesto, although I’d love to.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh Francene you should try to get your hands on some and make this treat! You will be in LOVE! And you can thank me later- *wink*.ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - I really needed this I have a mountain of basil and I need somethine new to do with it! Thanks for recipe.ReplyCancel

  • carollynn - Oh how I wish I were nearby to savor some of that amazing pesto. I’ll just have to content myself with your recipe, which if anyone reading this blog wonders…Cheryl’s recipes are the BEST.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - You are sooooo sweet! And SAVORY. Heheheeeee Thanks! XXOOReplyCancel

  What do you do when you’re busting out of your… (pick one) pants, garden, bra?   Okay- let’s go with Garden.    If it’s an undergarment, I can’t help you. If it’s cucumbers & peppers… you pickle.   I did.       Dill Pickles   Save Print 1 hour Cook time 5 mins […]

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  • Rena McDianiel - I’m pinning these. I left you a comment about green beans. I’ve been catching up tonight.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - They are delish! Thanks Rena. I’ve pinned a lot of your recipes too!ReplyCancel

The garden is calling. It’s dialing 911.   It’s saying, ‘Cheryl. We’ve had enough. We’re spent. Harvest our bounty now or your toiling will be for Not’. I may not listen to anyone anything else, but the garden is my muse and I always pay attention to her- sometimes at Midnight. Sometimes with very little […]

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  • CAROL CASSARA - All the best desserts have 8T butter. Just saying. I’m makin’ this.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - 8T PLUS 1 Cup!!! Life really is about the butta, isn’t it. Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - Ooooh this looks divine … and so refreshing. I can’t wait to make it!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - If yu do- and you have any suggestions- give me a jingle. Thanks Helene!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Nice recipe. I’m pretty sure you picked the cucumbers, but really doubt that you picked pickles out of the garden. Of course, if you consider that they were in the raw form (like grapes are the raw form of wines), you could have picked them.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Okay. Okay. A TYPO. I had pickles on my mind. *wink*ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Feldman - I love lemony sweets. I might try this with less sugar and/or a sugar substitute. Looks wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Blacker - I can’t garden…I mean I can but I just won’t. I’ve found living in Florida for the past 20 years has completely destroyed my desire. It’s too hot, too buggy, too scary (hey, pythons and alligators are not urban myths around here). But I am happy to reap from where others have sowed and prepare nature’s bounty anytime! Thanks for sharing via Better After 50 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Ooh, that looks delicious! A perfect summer dessert!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - yes, and we get a second flush of Meyer Lemons around mid-Dec, so there’s the Holidays! Yippie!ReplyCancel

  • Doreen Mcgettigan - I never got my garden in this year and am so disappointed.
    Recently I discovered that I love lemon tarts. I’m nervous but think I will give these a try!ReplyCancel

  • Mary La Fornara Gutierrez - Your lemon tart looks divine! Lemon (anything) is my dessert! I will be making this, thanks for the recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Janie Emaus - We had our house painted and had to tear up all the tomato trees, but next year I’ll be back in the gardenng business.ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - Oh my goodness I am sitting here before going to bed and I read this and see your recipe and now all I want to do is bite into a luscious lemon tart!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn Hogue Paige - That looks absolutly fablous – I can almost taste a bit of lemon. Looking forward to seeing you in August.ReplyCancel

  • Diane - Mmmm . . . gardens! Just picked our first beans. Butter beans for supper!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - As a gift recently, a woman sent me five envelopes of different types of bean seeds her family has been growing in Kentucky for generations- white half-runner, brown greasy grits, cream color corn, etc. Turns out her ancestors brought the original seeds with them from Germany in the 1600s. I can NOT wait to plant them. We LOVE beans!!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Pekarek - I love lemon anything since childhood when Mom let me make lemon pudding. We are so spoiled here with all the rain and now all of a sudden I need to water the plants…where is that rain I was complaining about before.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Liew - Could use some of this sunshine!ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - I’m in SC and it’s the same way here miserable! I’d be very interested in hearing how you go about canning green beans. I really want to can them, but mom can’t remember how and I don’t trust all of my beans to Google!ReplyCancel

  As I sit here writing this I’m on two phones-one to the City and the other to our Energy Company.   Turns out the other day when we had a BIG storm a BIG branch (in one of the trees that are planted next to the sidewalk which would make it a PUBLIC tree) […]

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  • Sue - I dearly loved reading your Shell game story today. You brilliantly applied the term Connect with Me into real life.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I hoped it was one of those ‘posts’ you like- the kind where I start HERE and end THERE. Hahahaaaa! Your’e my sweetheart Sue. Thank you dearly.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Mason - HA! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Bleck - Lesson to be learned: soul sistas always got your back. Fun read!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa at Grandma's Briefs - A great story, Cheryl. You’ve once again made me chuckle! 😀ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I am to please- unlike most customer service. Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - You are always so fascinating and funny at the same time. I think you should take your show on the road. To Jersey….ReplyCancel

  • Linda Roy - I LOVE this story! Sista’ hood!ReplyCancel

  • Rosalind Warren - Now THIS is a fun read. LOVE the way you are all over the place but then you bring it back home and nail the dismount. Nicely done.ReplyCancel

  • Enchanted Seashells, Confessions of a Tugboat Captain's Wife - Very funny, hope you are safe! Hub is in that region, got hit with some big waves and high winds which is delaying his return.ReplyCancel

  • Penelope Shelfer - Eeeeeewwwwwwweeeeeeeee girl you done cotched yourself a bean!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Another day in the life of Cheryl Nicholl. Mine is so dull.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - It’s so irritating that all customer service is a shell game. But you have a good sense of humor about it!ReplyCancel

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