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…

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…

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…

Falling for Italian Prune Plums

The signs of Fall are peeking around every corner. It’s still pretty darn hot in the Northeast during the day, but our nights are getting cooler. The farmers market ingredients have started to shift slightly. Italian prune plums are making a grand entrance. Get them now, before they disappear.

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…