Featured Tomatoes | Sidewalk Shoes

Slow Roasted Tomatoes

The other morning, I got a text from Mr. Sidewalk Shoes saying that has he drove out of the subdivision for work, he saw a box of peaches on a neighbors car with grocery bags laying beside them.  The universal sign for take them, they’re free!  I hurried up, got dressed and drove over, no[Read More...]

Rose of Sharon | Sidewalk Shoes

Rose of Sharon and Purple Hyssop | Garden Tuesday

Purple hyssop was a new addition to our garden last year.  I like that it blooms sort of late in the season.  Some of my early bloomers are fading out and these are coming on strong. The Rose of Sharon’s are also late bloomers (relatively speaking).  We have these lining both sides of our backyard[Read More...]

Amaretto Almond Butter | Sidewalk Shoes

Amaretto Almond Butter | Homemade Almond Butter

For some reason, Mr. Sidewalk Shoes has decided he likes almond butter better than peanut butter.  I’m not sure why.  Personally I think peanut butter is a smidgen better, but since he is the one taking it in his lunch, he wins the butter war.  When I got the new cookbook, Better From Scratch (Williams-Sonoma):[Read More...]

Sterling Vintner's Collection Sauvignon Blanc

Sterling Sauvignon Blanc | Weekend Wine Reviews #220

Sterling Vintner’s Collection, Sauvignon Blanc, 2012.  $9.97, Riley’s Liquor.  They say:  in our sauvignon blanc you will find crisp citrus flavors, along with hints of mineral and lemongrass.  We say:  soft and creamy with citrus.  Excellent!  Buy again:  yes! Sharing is fun!

Black and White Cat | Sidewalk Shoes

Happy Caturday | Scaredy Cat

I believe that whoever invented the term “scaredy cat” had a cat like Patchouli.  She is the most nervous, high strung cat ever.  All of the other cats pick on her, probably because it’s such fun.  If the charge towards her, she immediately cowers down and begins screaming.  It literally sounds like they are killing[Read More...]

Zucchini and Mint Pesto Pasta | Sidewalk Shoes

Zucchini and Mint Pesto Pasta

Well, it’s about that time of the year.  That time of the year when you get a little teary-eyed when you see more summer squash.  I don’t mean teary-eyed from excitement.  I mean teary-eyed from bone-numbing weariness at trying to figure out another tasty thing to do with them.  You’d like to just discretely toss[Read More...]

The Nourished Kitchen | Sidewalk Shoes

The Nourished Kitchen by Jennifer McGruther

I have read the Nourished Kitchen Blog for years, so I was excited when I saw her cookbook, The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle Featuring Bone Broths, Fermented Vegetables, Grass-Fed Meats, Wholesome Fats, Raw Dairy, and Kombuchas was available. The book begins with an introduction to the traditional foods movement, covering[Read More...]

Chicken Baked with Fresh Tarragon Chicken | Sidewalk Shoes

Chicken Baked with Fresh Tarragon Pesto

Do you have an herb garden?  I do.  Unfortunately I don’t utilize it as well as I should.  So, sometimes I search for recipes not based on the main ingredient, but based on an herb.  This time it was tarragon.  My tarragon is doing wonderfully this year.  I will definitely be making some Tarragon Vinegar.[Read More...]

Crepe Myrtle | Sidewalk Shoes

Phlox and Crepe Myrtles | Garden Tuesday

My pink phlox is always so pretty at this time of year.  From a distance it looks likes pink cotton candy. My crepe myrtle is about finished blooming. We sure could use some rain around here.  Now, I know we are no where as bad off as the drought stricken areas, but I was so[Read More...]

Watermelon, Lime and Tequila Granita | Sidewalk Shoes

Watermelon, Lime, and Tequila Granita

Oh.  My.  Gosh.  If you are looking for the perfect frozen summer dessert for grown-ups – look no further.  I have done the research and the testing (especially the taste testing) for you.  No need to thank me, I do it all for you.  This is my job, my work, eating frozen things that contain watermelon AND[Read More...]