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…

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…

Easy Salad Dressings for Father’s Day

I’ve been terribly neglectful of my blog. Apologies for all that follow me. My writing sometimes takes a back seat to catering, and that has certainly been busy for me. I’m back this week with some fun ideas to kick off the summer months and and easy dinner for Father’s Day, or any day of…

Winter Squash Salad

Sometimes I find that I need a little inspiration. That sounds amusing to say, and even more amusing to write. Yet, every now and then I just need a little nudge. That is exactly what happened this weekend. Coming off a very intense week of cooking and catering I opened my lap top and just…

Late Season Tomatoes

Last Thursday was the end of my CSA. I still have a few treks up to Hilltop Hanover Farm left before the end of 2015, but it was bittersweet choosing my last share. Its been 20 glorious weeks of amazing vegetables. As I sit here writing I think I might have made it up for almost…

End of Season Zucchini

Fall is here. The pool in our complex was drained and covered this week. There is a slightly familiar chill in the air most mornings now, though still nice and warm in the afternoons. Today I read a weather prediction that we will be subjected to several Nor’easters in the coming months. This time of…

Reimagining a Tomatillo Dish for a Cooking Demo

People ask me all the time how I come up with ideas for recipes, or how I create different dishes. Sometimes I am inspired buy an article I read in a magazine, a recipe I saw, or a fabulous dinner by a favorite chef. Inspiration for most of us comes in all forms. This past…

Making a Quick Pasta Sauce with Tomatoes and Peppers

We still have many weeks of summer left and certainly plenty of sunshine and heat. Along with those fantastic tomatoes we have plenty of peppers in all shapes, sizes and heat, to enjoy. This past weekend I decided to combine some of my peppers and tomatoes from Hilltop that were nice and ripe, to see…