Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Monday, November 21, 2011

thanksgiving table

for the past three years, i have been collecting spode woodland dishes to use during fall meals, and especially for thanksgiving dinner. this pattern has been a favorite of many since 1828.  it features british game animals and the english countryside, bringing elegance to homes throughout the years.

in my small collection, i have the rabbit, red grouse, and other game featured.  i have been using the heavy pewter dishes pictured, for most of the past two decades, for thanksgiving meals. and now, the woodland pattern blends nicely with them.

on a recent shopping trip to cutler's in petoskey, i found a wonderful collection of spode woodland on display.  they had several tables of the various hunting dogs, fish, game and turkeys.
my enjoyment in collecting several patterns of dishes has grown through the years and my hope is that the memories of the meals and these dishes will live on for many years to come.

roasted roma tomatoes with dill

a wonderful and very easy side dish to accompany fish or chicken is roasted Roma tomatoes.  these tomatoes can be sliced lengthwise into wedges, and placed on a sheet pan in minutes.

drizzle with a bit of olive or grapeseed oil and season with dill. bake at 350 degrees.

after fifteen to twenty minutes in the oven, the tomatoes are sweet and flavorful.  these tomatoes can also be served with crusty bread for a delicious appetizer. roasted Roma tomatoes is a simple side dish which can be served for winter or summer meals.