Fresh Strawberry (or Blueberry) Buttermilk Sherbet

Buttermilk may be a good choice for the lactose intolerant and those seeking to reduce caloric intake.  Seek out the “cultured” or “Bulgarian” buttermilk for the best options.  Here is a nice summer dessert that the whole family can enjoy, guilt-free, and lactose-free.  From Southern Living.


Fresh Strawberry Buttermilk Sherbert

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries (or blueberries; July is Blueberry Month!)
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Garnish: fresh mint sprigs


  1. 1. Process strawberries in a food processor or blender 30 seconds or until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Pour strawberry puree through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a large bowl, pressing with back of a spoon. Discard solids. Add buttermilk, sugar, and vanilla to puree; stir until well blended. Cover and chill 1 hour.
  2. 2. Pour strawberry mixture into freezer container of a 1 1/2-qt. electric ice-cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. (Instructions and times may vary.) Garnish, if desired.
  3. *1 (16-oz.) package frozen strawberries, thawed, may be substituted.

source: Southern Living, MAY 2008

and, one more sherbert recipe:

Pineapple Mint Buttermilk Sherbert

2/3 cup sugar

2 cups buttermilk

3 tablespoons minced fresh mint

1 8-ounce can crushed pineapple

Add sugar to buttermilk, and stir to dissolve sugar.  Add mint and pineapple (with juice).   Begin freezing.

Fennel, Grape and Bleu Cheese Salad

Fennel, Grape and Bleu Cheese Salad

Fennel, Grape and Bleu Cheese Salad

If you’ve been to one of the Brazilian churrascaria’s, you were probably really impressed with the food.  I was.  It was all good.  But, my favorite thing I ate there, what I ate the most of, and then tried to recreate at home, was a Grape and Gorgonzola salad (from Tejas de Brazil).  I went back to the salad bar just for that 3 times!  I know a few other people who are hooked on that salad, also.  Well, this is pretty much it, with the addition of the fennel.  I think celery would be good, if it’s not bitter, and some walnuts would also work well in here.  Another great summer side dish that would go well with some grilled meats.  Just trying to keep the kitchen cool!

  • 1 medium or 2 small heads fennel, trimmed and quartered, sliced really thin
  • 1 1/2 cups seedless grapes, halved
  • 3/4 cup bleu cheese crumbles
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Combine all ingredients and mix well.  Refrigerate for a few hours before serving.  Serve chilled.

Sliced fennel bulb and halved grapes.

Sliced fennel bulb and halved grapes.

Adding the cheese and the mayo...

Adding the cheese and the mayo…

Happy Father’s Day! &, he asked for Meat Pies…so,

Meat pie, in the flesh!

We made meat pies.  If you live outside of Natchitoches, the only meatpies you’ve probably had are Mrs. Wheat’s Meat Pies.  These used to be made in New Orleans, but not so sure anymore.  So, when he asked for meat … Continue reading

Farmer’s Market Finds: Simple Summer Salad

After a light toss, before I really mixed it all up....

I love tomatoes.  My goal has always been to grow tomatoes as tasty as my grandfather did.  That may never happen.  But, the tomatoes at my local farmer’s market have been keeping me happy for the last 10 years.  Thank … Continue reading

Leftover Grilled Veggies=Grilled Veggie Wraps

Grilled Vegetable Wrap, plus chicken

What to do with a  bunch of lovely leftover grilled veggies?  Make a wrap….or two or three, and share with a friend.  So, even though I sent a lot of saturday night’s dinner home with a friend so she  would … Continue reading

Farmer’s Market Find: Fresh Red Beans

Shelled Fresh Red Beans

 I love my local Farmer’s Market.  I’ve been going since Cayleigh was an infant. DH went with me in the beginning, but now he just makes special requests (rich chocolate brownies!).  I haven’t been much in the past year, but … Continue reading