Plum & Coconut Spoon Bread

Plum & Coconut Spoon Bread

 Has everyone been enjoying their sweet summer corn?  The corn here in Maryland has been a little hit and miss this year.  Actually, I’ve had some ears that have been down right wonky!  So for this month’s Improv Cooking Challenge, I am opting to bake with cornmeal!  Kristen, from The Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker has challenged us to use corn and butter as the key ingredients in our recipes.  And I’ve decided to put a slightly exotic spin on the traditional spoon bread by adding . . . . . [Read more...]

Apple, Ham & Smoked Gouda Galettes

“A HUNGRY STOMACH SELDOM SCORNS PLAIN FOOD.”  Horace

Apple, Ham & Smoked Gouda Galettes | From My Sweet Heart

Have you ever been so busy that you forget to eat?  And then when you finally have a moment to realize that you are hungry, what you eat tastes so incredibly good.  Which leads you to wonder, was it really that good?  Or was I just really that hungry?! 

I decided to try this humble, savory galette today.  It’s made in stages.  First the dough for the crust.  Then it chills.  Then you fill it.  Chill it some more.  And then bake it for a half an hour or so.  And in between I kept myself kind of busy.  So at 4pm when this apple and ham galette was finally ready..I realized that I hadn’t had anything but a cup of coffee today..and I was more than ready to eat it!  So simple yet flavorful.  A warm, flaky, tender crust, sprinkled with grated smoked gouda and just the right amount of pepper is filled with buttery apples, apricot jam, mustard and ham; lavished with an egg wash and a pinch of sea salt; and then baked to a golden perfection!  Yes…I was hungry…..but this was delicious! [Read more...]

Autumn Fruit Chutney

“THY BOUNTY SHINES IN AUTUMN UNCONFINED AND SPREADS A COMMON FEAST FOR ALL THAT LIVE.”  James Thomson

Autumn Fruit Chutney | From My Sweet Heart

There is a different kind of simplicity that I search for in the fall.  While in spring and summer, I am content to eat some strawberries off the vine, or a fresh peach flavorful all on it’s own; in autumn I look for more comfort.  For a blending and melding of fruits and flavors.  And warmth!  And this union of fruits and spices does not need to be complex.   Crisp apples, pears and cranberries melt together with the warmth of cinnamon and brown sugar and curry.  This chutney takes little time and effort to make, but seems to simmer for the longest hour of my life!  And I could almost be content with the lovely scent which begins to waft through my kitchen.  This fall fruit chutney was created to…… [Read more...]

Wild Blueberry Oatmeal in Warm Maple Cream

“YOU HAVE TO EAT OATMEAL OR YOU’LL DRY UP.  ANYBODY KNOWS THAT.”  Kay Thompson, author of ‘Eloise’.

Wild Blueberry Oatmeal in Warm Maple Cream | From My Sweet Heart

Growing up in New England, and especially in the winters, my dad would very often make me oatmeal for breakfast.  To some, this may have seemed like the dreaded, dreary breakfast.  I think oatmeal has a bad rap of being a sticky, clumpy, heavy gruel.  But I have always loved it! Dad always served it with milk and maple syrup.  And I remember secretly wishing that he would be distracted while making it, because I was sure to find a lump or two in my bowl.  And I loved finding the sweet, unexpected texture of those lumps!

I still love oatmeal and eat it all year round.  And who says oatmeal can’t be sophisticated?!  So I’ve tried to elevate it a little bit from it’s rustic form; while still giving a wink and a nod to my dad, who I miss with all my heart.  A friend gave me this recipe some time ago telling me how she tweaked it from when it was given to her.  And I did my own tweaking to get it to my personal liking.  Here are the basics, but I hope you will feel free to tweak away……. [Read more...]