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…

Summer Polenta Tart

Sometimes the universe aligns itself and sends me a clear message about what to make for dinner. That happened in the last couple of days. This week when I popped up to Hilltop Hanover Farm to get my CSA I noticed they had a new batch of  Wild Hive Farm polenta on the table. Their…

Exploring Cardoons

The day before my CSA pick up we get an email from the farm listing the selections of the week. This is my third year getting a farm share from Hilltop Hanover Farm and I am always happy to report that every year they try a couple of new heirloom vegetables, which is so darn…

Farmer’s Market Charoset

Spring is here, finally. Easter and Passover are around the corner and the weather is trying ever so much to warm up.  It’s actually pleasant to walk around a farmers market without the cold wind pushing you along.   This week on my stroll through the Union Square Green Market the first table that caught my…

Revisiting Irish Soda Bread

It seems my food writing has taken a back seat to cooking these days.  There never seems to be enough hours in the week to get it all done.  Busy is always better, so I am not complaining!  This week I decided to play around with a couple of Irish soda bread recipes.  As with…

Exploring Winter Squash

There is a chill in the air as October rolls to an end.  I am feeling somewhat wistful with 55 days until winter.  In the meantime our  farmers markets are thankfully bursting with colorful vegetables, though most are now of the root variety. Carrots, beets, turnips and radishes in all shapes, sizes and colors line…

The Love Hate Relationship with Beets

As I sit here typing I am am amazed that it’s already September.  How did the time zip by so fast?  I had all good intentions for the summer of working on my web site, blog and files.  Generally speaking I tend to slow down over the summer. Many of my clients go away leaving…