Sandra's Kitchen

Stone Fruit Tart with Lemon pastry crust

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Stone Fruit Tart with Lemon pastry crust

One of the best things about summer farm stands.... ripe stone fruit!   Walter (my older son) and I made a fruit tart from nectarines we got at a local farm stand- Tender Crop farm.  Most of the time I'd use store bought pastry dough to save time but this time I wanted to teach Walter how to make pasty from scratch. It was a hot day and our dough kept getting too warm for rolling out, but we managed and had fun getting our hands all sticky in the process. To make a standard dough more tasty use fresh lemon juice instead...

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Cucumber Cooler

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Cucumber Cooler

When cooking with kids it's a good idea to keep it simple .  Make recipes with just a few steps.  Blended drinks are great to start with if you're just starting to cook with your kids- it's fast and doesn't require exact measurements.   You can make a cooler/slushy with just about any fruit or veggies.  Encourage your kids to come up with flavor combinations.  Sam and I made cucumber/lime coolers and they turned out delicious!   Try this at home with your kids. Stay cool! -Sandra    Cucumber cooler recipe

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Living a creative life.

Living a creative life.

After working in architecture for many years, in 2016 I decided to explore starting my own creative business. I've always loved to draw & cook and wanted to find a way to live on my own terms doing the things I enjoy most.  But how to do that? I set out on a path not knowing exactly where that path would take me... and here I am three years later making kitchen goods. Earlier last week I was invited to share my story of how I founded Sweetgum Home with Michele Lamoureux of The Good Life Coach.   You can listen to the...

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Cantaloupe Salad

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Cantaloupe Salad

What do you make for dinner on hot summer evenings? l'm always looking for new recipe ideas that don't require cooking - it's been waaay too hot to turn the oven on lately.   Lately I'm adding fruit to greens to make cool salads- add some grilled shrimp or chicken to the salad to make it more filling. Cantaloupe Salad: Shave cantaloupe with a veggie peeler Thinly slice fennel Rough chop fresh dill Mix above ingredients with baby lettuce then squeeze lime juice, drizzle olive oil and season with salt/pepper. Enjoy!

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Watermelon Salad Recipe

Watermelon Salad Recipe

Happy Summer! I hope you're staying cool.  It's the middle of Summer here in Massachusetts and we've had our share of super hot days already.   Here's a refreshing and simple recipe to make on a hot day when you don't want to turn the oven on.  Watermelon Salad  Ingredients: Watermelon with cucumber, mint, lemon juice and Agave (I do love Agave.. I put it on just about everything). My son Sam and I made this salad last week during a hot spell.  Soooo refreshing for breakfast or as a side dish with grilled chicken. Toss some in a blender with ice and you've...

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