Heralding Spring With A Tasty Celery-Potato Soup

Spring has finally sprung! The air is warm, raindrops abound on my windows, Passover and Easter are upon us and color is back in my world!  It might sound funny but I have always felt like living through the first few months of the year is like living in a black and white movie.  The…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…