New Year’s Day cooking … sort of!

2018 was some year for me. In the early part of the year we lost my Dad.  His health had declined over the past couple of years, but you are never really ready I suppose.  Then right about the same time our sweet dog got desperately sick.  We spent the next six months back and…

Farro and Butternut for a Thanksgiving Side Dish

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and everyone is thinking about main course and side dishes.  Sometimes its hard to get your family to sway from the ubiquitous green bean casserole made with soup from a can and freeze dried onion (are they really?), or sweet potatoes with marshmallows, something I simply can not wrap…

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…