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…

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…

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…

Chicken Soup From Scratch with Ramps

Somedays I find myself with a little extra time on my hands. As was the case yesterday. After an excellent spin class I headed to Whole Foods with the initial intention of finding something to make for dinner, but then got inspired to update my homemade chicken noodle soup. I make a version of this…

What’s For Dinner?

Coming off an eight day stretch one would think my creative juices would be completely juiced out. But this is the first week of the month and I want to continue this series called “What’s For Dinner?” The idea, as I mentioned previously, is to hopefully inspire you to make a quick and delicious dinner,…