Pasta alla Norma for your Sunday Supper

I have always been honest in describing meals in Casa Reina. My husband, who has the patience of a saint, finds himself, more often than naught, in the amusing situation of living the proverb: The cobbler’s family doesn’t have shoes. Or in my case: The chef did not make dinner. At least two to three…

Kabocha Squash Soup and Apple Butter

Fall is probably my most favorite time of year. The air is crisp in the morning, the leaves are changing and turning the most stellar colors of the rainbow, and yet, we still have things living and green in-between.  Vegetables start transitioning as well.  Winter squashes, and apples arrive alongside peppers, eggplant and leafy greens…

Tomato Season is Here!

Early August marks a favorite time of year. Tomatoes are making a splash at the farmers markets now. I cannot encourage you enough to seek them out. Unless your supermarket carries something other than the tasteless ethylene gas ripened variety, now is the time to taste the real deal. They might be a little more expensive…

Garlic Scapes Herald Summer

Summer has officially arrived, with plenty of rain, bits of chill and oppressive heat.  It’s all good, because who am I kidding?  I will take that over freezing cold and snow any day of the week.   I am finally done with my breakneck Spring catering and looking forward to some fun farmers market demos…

Ramps: A Sign that Spring is Finally Here!

I think this must have been the longest running Winter on record.  Just when we thought it was over another storm dumped snow on us.  I am relieved to say that is all behind us now and Spring is finally here.   My first indication was the appearance of fiddlehead ferns at the farmers market and specialty…

Five Ingredients for an Easy Snowstorm Dinner

It’s the beginning of Spring and what hopes to be the last big snowstorm blowing through the Northeast. I’m not sure how anyone else feels, but I am pretty much over it. Winter isn’t my favorite time of year, but I can get on board. Snow in March? Not so much. Yesterday was a off…

Colcannon Soup

It has been too long for me to approach this blog. My work has kept me very busy. I do manage to post on Instagram and Facebook but to sit and write is challenging with my lack of free time these days. However, with St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching I knew this was my opportunity to…

Blue Hubbard Squash – Thanksgiving Pie with a Twist

My most favorite thing to do is take a traditional dish and rework the ingredients. Giving the dish a twist if you will. That is usually an easy task for me when it comes to anything that is sautéed, poached or roasted. Baking? Now that is whole different ball game. I am very honest about…

Easy Dinner Ideas

Summer is slipping away. The last week of August proved to be a very busy one for me. I’m not sure how that even happened, but it was a non-stop ride right up through Friday night. All of a sudden it’s Labor Day weekend and I needed an easy dinner idea. We had plans with…

Tomatoes of Summer

Tomatoes are everywhere now. Stunning, juicy orbs in a rainbow of colors shapes and sizes. Pick one up and inhale the amazing fragrance. It makes you feel like you are far away, lying in a field of fresh cut grass with the sun beating down on you. Now take a bite. A burst of sweet…