Summer Fruit Trifles with Peaches, Cherries, and Blueberries

Andrea Meyers - Summer Fruit Trifles with Peaches, Cherries, and Blueberries

Summer is always a busy time of year for us. The kids are out of school but involved in activities, so Chauffeur Mom is still on duty. The garden requires daily work harvesting, watering, and weeding, and then there’s all those tomatoes, about 50 pounds so far, that need to be eaten and preserved. Put… 

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Moroccan Preserved Lemons (Limoun Marakad)

Andrea Meyers - Moroccan Preserved Lemons (Limoun Marakad)

Michael and I have pursued our dream of turning our back yard into an edible landscape for several years. We’ve replaced inedible bushes with blueberries, raspberries, and grape vines, and planted apple, cherry, plum, peach, fig, and pecan trees. But there are two trees I wish we could grow in our yard and can’t due… 

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Warm Green Lentil Salad with Caramelized Onions, Feta Cheese, and Pears

Andrea Meyers - Warm Green Lentil Salad

When the cold of winter comes on, I don’t crave cold salads and raw vegetables, I like my vegetables cooked and my salads warm, or at least want some warmth, and cooked lentil salads are perfect for winter. The thing I like about this lentil dish is they can be a bowl of comfort food… 

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Sweet Cherry Butter

Sweet Cherry Butter - Andrea Meyers

“Cherries!” That’s the shout I hear when the boys find cherries on the counter and eagerly pop them in their mouths and pull off the stems. They can’t resist the deep red fruits, and neither can I. Seeing their happy smiles with cherry juice all over their hands and faces is one of my favorite… 

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Blueberry Butter

Blueberry Butter - Andrea Meyers

When the blueberries start to ripen on our bushes, the boys get excited and eagerly eat the fresh berries as we bring them inside. Occasionally I’m able to set some aside for cooking projects, but most of the time I have competition for their juicy goodness. This time I was able to whip up some… 

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Prune Cake

Prune Cake Recipe - Andrea Meyers

It’s a shame that fruitcake has earned such a horrible reputation. When I was growing up I didn’t like them, I think because the flavor seemed strong to my kid-size palette, but now I love a good moist fruitcake with plenty of real dried fruits and a dash of rum or other baking alcohol. Michael’s… 

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Muscadine Grape Jam

Muscadine Grape Jam - Andrea Meyers

When my parents said the farmers market in downtown Columbia, SC was a drive thru, they weren’t kidding. We literally drove through the giant open barn that houses the market, with vendors on either side of the “road” and loads of fresh local fruits and vegetables. Melons and peaches were in abundance as were the… 

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