Sour Cherry Cake

I found a solution to my last few bags of sour cherries, with the help of Klara over at Paleolicious.  She was so kind - not only did she translate her original recipe for sour cherry cake from Hungarian, but also converted it to Paleo in the process! Here is the recipe for the paleo-friendly version with almond and coconut flour.

Not only that, but she recently started a new blog in English.  So pop over and say hello!  I'm glad I did.

Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms with Rosemary-Garlic Oil

Green beans are in season.  And sometimes when green beans are in season, it is ridiculously hot, and all the cooking you can convince yourself to do is toss some veggies in some olive oil and roast them in the oven, while you escape to a cooler part of the house with an iced drink.  This recipe is here to say that's okay.

Double Coconut German Chocolate Cake

I've always wanted to try boiling a can of sweetened condensed milk to make caramelized milk.  I read about it first almost ten years ago in a Russian novel called In the First Circle - prisoners in a special academic prison camp manage to acquire a can of it for a birthday celebration.  The recipe sounded magical and improbable, about as unlikely as their "orange cake" made of potato peels, but Solzhynitsyn did not make this one up.

Big-Bowl Spinach and Snow Pea Salad with Cashews

We've been on vacation with family at Lake Tippecanoe.  Almost every day last week I was riding in a pontoon, reading, window-shopping for dream vacation homes, or watching my dad and brother catch, fillet and cook lake bass.

But there was also a quick trip up to South Haven, Michigan, where you can see the vacation side of Lake Michigan and pick your own fruit from trees absolutely covered in ripe cherries.  The several pounds of sour cherries Susie and I picked are destined for greatness of some sort, but after hours of work all I've managed to do so far is pit them.  My mom showed me how to use a bobby pin to fish out the pit while we sat down by the water.  It's a miracle I didn't stain all my clothes red.

Grilled Potatoes with Creamy Lemon Dressing

I had a hard time taking a good picture of this because people's hands kept moving in on the plate - and then all the potatoes were gone.  It's a great make ahead recipe for grilling, it doubles or triples easily, it travels well, uses ingredients you most likely already have, and the smokiness and bright lemon elevate the flavor miles above the average potato salad.