Wednesday, July 29, 2009


"One of the most attractive things about the flowers is their beautiful reserve."

~ Henry David Thoreau

~ Honey added to the goat cheese cuts its tanginess and makes it spreadable ... delicious grilled burger clipped from July 2 (2008) Detroit Free Press

1 1/4 lb. mix of well-chilled chuck of lean chuck steak and lean sirloin
1 tsp. garlic powder
favorite AP seasoning
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbsp. olive oil
8 oz. cleaned and sliced cremini mushrooms
3 cups sliced onions
1/3 cup Drambuie (honey-herb flavored liqueur)
4 oz. goat cheese
1 1/2 Tbsp. honey
1/4 cup mix of fresh chopped herbs of choice (thyme, basil, oregano)
1 Tbsp. chopped chives

4 mini (3-4 in. diameter) pita pocket breads
Bibb or butter lettuce
zucchini ribbons

  • Place beef chunks in food processor fitted with steel blade. Pulse mixture to combine and coarsely grind. Do not overprocess. Season mixture with garlic powder, all-purpose seasoning and black pepper. Shape into 4 patties about 5 1/2 oz. each. Place on platter and refrigerate while preparing onions and mushrooms.
  • Heat oil over medium heat in large skillet. Add onions and saute until lightly brown. Add mushrooms and continue sauteing until tender,. Increase heat slightly and add Drambuie. Cook, deglazing pan until Drambuie has almost evaporated. Remove from heat. Cover and keep warm.
  • Combine goat cheese, honey, herbs and chives.
  • Preheat grill to medium-high. Oil grill grates. Grill burgers abut 6 minutes or until well-browned and slightly crusty. Turn and continue grilling until cooked through (internal temp is 160 degrees). Remove from grill.
  • Slice mini pitas in half horizontally and grill a few minutes if desired.
  • On bottom half of one pita, place a Bibb lettuce leaf. Place patty on top. Top with zucchini ribbons and onion mixture. Spread about 2 Tbsp. of cheese mixture on top half of pita and place on the burger. (4 servings)

~ Colorful summer dessert favorite from Bon Appetit (July 2008)


1 2/3 cups AP flour
1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger
3 Tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp. baking powder
1 finely grated hard-boiled egg yolk (adds body)
1/4 tsp. salt
6 Tbsp. (3/4 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1.2 -inch cubes
2/3 cup plus 1 Tbsp. heavy whipping cream

Fruit Mixture

2 lbs. peaches, halved, pitted, cut into 3/4 inch thick slices (about 5 cups)
1 1/2 pint container fresh blackberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger

1 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 Tbsp. raw sugar (also called turbinado or demerara sugar)
Vanilla ice cream or lightly sweetened whipped cream
fresh mint (garnish)

  • Biscuits: Place flour, crystallized ginger, sugar, baking powder, grated egg yolk, and salt in processor; blend to combine. Add butter and process unit mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 2/3 cup cream and process just until moist clumps begin to form. Turn dough out onto floured work surface and knead briefly just until dough comes together, about 4 turns. Divide dough into 8 equal portions. Shape each into 2-inch ball; flatten each to 3/4-inch thickness. Biscuits can be made 2 hours ahead. Cover and chill.
  • Fruit Mixture: Combine peaches and blackberries with sugar, crystallized ginger, and cornstarch in large bowl; toss to coat. Let stand until juices begin to form., tossing occasionally, about 30 minutes.
  • Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350-degrees. Butter 2 quart baking dish or 11x7x2 inch glass baking dish. Transfer fruit mixture to prepared dish. Place biscuits atop fruit mixture, spacing slightly apart. Brush biscuits with remaining 1 Tbsp. cream; sprinkle with raw sugar.
  • Bake cobbler until fruit mixture is bubbling thickly and biscuits are light golden, about 50 minutes. Cool Cobbler 20 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Garnish with fresh mint. ( 8 servings)


beckie said...

Joey, oh my! You know I am so addicted to day lilies and these are wonderful. Your collage is making me drool with delight again. :)

Phillip Oliver said...

The cobbler sounds delicious. I will have to try that. The daylilies are gorgeous.

Rose said...

Daylilies have become a favorite flower of mine, Joey; yours are just beautiful and what an array of colors! Beckie and I visited a daylily farm last week, and I was overwhelmed by all the choices--I went home with more than I had planned:)

The peach and blackberry cobbler sounds heavenly. It's a good thing I read through the recipes...I've been sitting here wondering if our local stores carry "Drambuie" onions:)

Roses and Lilacs said...

Love your daylilies in lavender shades. I have some red ones that are so prolific they are threatening to engulf the entire yard.

Anonymous said...

Joey, what amazing colours! I'm trying a vegetarian diet, but those burgers sure are tempting! Dessert suits just fine. :)

TYRA Hallsénius Lindhe said...

It's magical, the whole post is like a great firework.
Lovely Joey

xoxo Tyra

JP said...

Amazing..Love to eat.

joey said...

Thank you for all your kind comments. I will be away for awhile. Shocking news ... my dear sister, Nancy, died today.

Frances said...

Hi Joey, hamburgers are my favorite food, a weakness I know. This sounds so good and the cobbler too. The daylilies are just about the most photogenic flower, along with liliums, your shots are superb. :-)

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Your daylilies are lovely. I have a few too they are one of my favorites~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Rose said...

Dear Joey, I just saw your deepest condolences on the loss of your sister. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.

marmee said...

your day lilies are so beautiful. your garden must be really something to behold. i love grilling in the summer.

A wildlife gardener said...

Dear Joey your photos of the hemerocallis are 'Delightful, delicious, de-lovely', to quote Cole Porter...such a clever lady with your camera :)

Your recipes are fantastic too. I'm going to try the cobbler...thank you for sharing :)

I love your butterflies too and the mosaics you make up for us all to see :)

What a giving person you are...My life is enriched for knowing you, for it's always a pleasure to visit :)

Chuck Dilmore said...

beautiful work!


Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Well, you know how much I love daylilies, and I feel about the same about hamburgers I'm afraid. The daylilies are less fattening, to the waistline, but not the pocketbook.~~Dee

Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... said...

Joey...I just found your blog and would love to "Follow" ...Daylilys are a fav. of mine and your cobbler recipe sounds delish...Keep up the good work, xoxo~Kathy~ @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... Stop on over and visit a bit!

beckie said...

Joey, I am so sorry! There just aren't words to express. If I were there, I'd give you a big hug and have a good cry with you. So take a cyber hug instead. Know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

marmee said...


i just read your comment back...i am so sorry about your sister. my prayers to you and your family.

Nutty Gnome said...

Joey, I'm so sorry to hear about your sister. I have some idea of what you must be going through as I lost my own sister a few years ago. My thoughs and virtual hugs are there with you.

joey said...

Thank you dear friends for your kind words. I feel your warm hugs. With many overwhelming duties, it might be awhile before I can answer your thoughful comments. But I shall return ... because I miss you :) Keep those prayers coming our way ... our hearts are still very heavy.

Marysol said...

It's been a while since my last visit, and it will take a while longer to peruse through this entire page and beyond, but as always, the trip will be so worth it.

Joey, I'm thrilled —although not surprised– that you grow breathtaking lilies.
Is that a Hearts Afire I see? And the purple one is nothing short of spectacular. Their colors are the most vibrant I've seen.

I planted a few bulbs years ago (a gift from an avid gardener/friend) and they've been happily thriving in my Garden of Heathen.

So, for someone who's always lacked a green thumb, I'm tickled they have managed to survive, in spite of me.

Thanks for the recipes too buddy. The burgers, and the cobbler sound like perfect summer fare.

You have more hugs coming your way, and thoughts, and prayers for strength dear Joey.

Kathryn/ said...

Hi, dear Joey, I've never quite caught Day Lily Fever, but these blossoms might be beckoning me! The blackberry/peach combo is giving me some new ideas what to do with the blackberries I've been harvesting from my front garden. Thank you. Big big hug! xoxoox

Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... said...

Joey....Just a quick note to thank you for stopping by and I'm so sorry to hear about your sisters sudden death...You are in my prayers my friend. Be well and love to your family, xoxo~Kathy~ @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... p.s. Lake Missaukee is 5 minutes from my home!

Gail said...

My dear...Just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you and your family and sending prayers your way. gail

Rob (ourfrenchgarden) said...

Joey I'm so sorry to hear your sad news. Be strong, my thoughts are with you.


Kerri said...

Joey, you shower us with beauty on this blog...and your inner beauty shines through. Thank you!
Your daylilies are glorious, and your recipes always make me hungry!
My sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved sister. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this terribly sad time.
Sending big hugs.

marmee said...

dear joey,

i wanted to let you know been thinking about you prayers are with you and family.

A wildlife gardener said...

Just popping by to give you a big hug, dear Joey...WG xxx

garden girl said...

Oh Joey, I'm so sorry for the loss of your sister. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Shady Gardener said...

Joey, You are missed. I'm sorry I haven't been reading your comments, or I'd have known about the tragedy you're experiencing. Please know I will be praying for you. My sister died nearly 3 years ago. A tragic accident. Much love, Shady G.

The Mermaid Cottage said...

Hi's Sheila from west sorry to read about your dear Nancy. I will be saying a prayer tonight for your family and her friends who are missing her. God bless you, Sheila

joey said...

Touched by your many thoughtful comments and prayers, I promise to return when life settles down to thank each and every dear friend who has enriched my life. Each day is a gift ... wrap those you love in your arms and tell them so :)

Teresa said...

Those photos are just beautiful. You have done a great job of putting that collage together.

Anonymous said...

hello... hapi blogging... have a nice day! just visiting here....

Jane O' said...

You sure captured my attention with these gorgeous daylily photos. The recipes look fantastic also. What a great combo.

Kathryn/ said...

Hi, Joey, Reaching out today to let you know I am thinking of you and sending you warmest love and biggest hugs. xoxox Love, Kathryn

Meems said...

Dear Joey,
A big hug to you today. I missed you. Thought I'd check in to see about you and I see I have been absent too long. My heart, hugs, and prayers to you and your family.

Unknown said...

Joey, I keep checking your blog, hoping to see you back posting--a little bit for selfish reasons, I admit, but mostly because that would mean that you're feeling a little bit more capable of enjoying the good things in life again!

I want to leave you with some soothing words of wisdom, but I find myself without any. So instead, I'm just sending you a ((((hug)))) and a bright smile like the ones you bring to our faces... :)

Anonymous said...

Stunning photos!! goes well with your colourful dessert!

The Mermaid Cottage said...

Hi Joey - Just checkin' in! Hope you are doing OK. Like Blackswamp Girl posted several comments back, I would also like to give you some "soothing words of wisdom", but I know there are none that will do. So just know that I'm thinking of you and am looking forward to your return to the blogging world.

Bless you, Sheila from west Michigan

joey said...

Thank you, dear friends, for your many thoughtful comments. I feel your warm arms wrapped around me and so miss the joy of connecting, knowing you have all taken time in your busy lives to send the gift of love ... I will return when life settles down. In the meantime, please know I hope you are all well, enjoying the gift of each day.

TYRA Hallsénius Lindhe said...

Take care my friend, my thoughts are with you and I do miss you a lot. xoxo Tyra

Shady Gardener said...

Just wanted to stop in for a moment, Joey. I hope you are well. Blessings to you... I'm missing you.

Connie said...

Love the colors on that first pretty!
I like anything with goat cheese, and the cobbler sounds intriguing with the crystallized ginger.

Unknown said...

Joey, I somehow missed the terrible news of your sister's passing. I feel so very awful that I wasn't around to offer some words of support before this. There aren't enough words to erase the hurt and chaos that comes with such a sadness, but I hope each day is bringing more light into your heart. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers...

Anonymous said...

simply beautifully captured shots....lovely!