French Lentil Salad

PMD lentil salad

By Estelle Hayes I have just a few go-to meals that I rotate regularly in my meal planning. Most of them includes French lentils. In the winter it’s a variation of lentil soup and in the summer it’s a variation of this salad. You cannot go wrong with French lentils. Buy them in bulk, cook up a cup and toss them with your favorite greens, a bit of avocado and a some stone fruit and you have a hearty, yet refreshing summer meal. So healthy and delicious. P.S. Don’t scrimp on the sunflower seeds. They Read More →

My Summer Food List


By Estelle Hayes I have recently rediscovered Bon Appetit magazine and I’m loving it. (and by “rediscover” I mean, apparently I have a subscription because it’s been magically showing up in my mailbox for two months now) Especially, the Foodist, who published his own list of must-eat items for summer. I’m inspired to make my own list of goodies that I’m looking forward to eating in the next few months and I’d love to hear yours. 1.  Chocolate dipped soft served from the Boardwalk 2. Smores 3. My weight in nectarines and apricots 4. Homemade Read More →

Garden to Glass Cocktails and a Guest Post


By Estelle Hayes I few weeks back I mentioned this story in the Wall Street Journal about garden-inspired cocktails. It just so happened my husband and I had just tasted a couple of Manresa’s creations that use herbs and honey from their farm to infuse their signature drinks. I’ve been experimenting ever since. Some with alcohol, some with club soda and some concoctions have simply been frozen in ice cube trays in preparation for our next heat wave. My hands-down favorite has been a combination of fresh mint, lime and blackberries all muddled together for Read More →

Cheers to Your Health ~ Lemon Thyme Ice

PMD lemon thyme ice cubes 1

  By Estelle Hayes Infusing chilled water with a hint of fruit, herbs or veggies is the easiest and healthiest way to flavor H20. There’s nothing wrong with some citrus slices floating in the pitcher, but I love the beauty of the fresh ingredients captured in an ice cube. They look like miniature works of still life filling up my glass. This past weekend, I experimented with lemon slices and a handful of lime thyme from the garden. As well as a tray of blackberry and mint that I plan to set aside for a Read More →

In the Garden ~ Growing Squash and Zucchini

PMD Torrie Sessions zucchini {upclose}

By Torrie Sessions I always thought gardening was as simple as throwing seeds in the ground in the spring and letting nature take care of the rest. Not quite the case. The feeble plants from our first few years of gardening didn’t measure up against my memories as a kid. If I add up all the expenses from building our raised beds, our sad little zucchinis were worth about $250 each. Our raised beds looked fantastic, and we bought quality seeds, but we were missing one of the most important components to any living thing… Read More →

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