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Weekend Outing: The Making of Maple Syrup

Weekend Outing: The Making of Maple Syrup

| March 16, 2011 | 5 Comments

Maple syrup is a staple in our house. We eat it on pancakes (like these delish Pumpkin Chocolate Chip ones) and use it to glaze veggies and meats. And it always has to be the real thing. No imitations, or else I just won’t eat it. The kids know that we only use real maple […]

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Apple Picking 2010: Now, With Less Stress!

Apple Picking 2010: Now, With Less Stress!

| October 27, 2010 | 2 Comments

Every year, the kids and I (and often our friends) head to local farms for pick-you-own fun. This past weekend, that meant apple picking. The apple picking season generally starts in September and goes through early November here in Connecticut, so we are more than half-way through the season (and late by our standards). Fortunately, […]

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On Carrot Greens, Radish Greens and Other Edible Wastes

On Carrot Greens, Radish Greens and Other Edible Wastes

| October 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

A few years ago, I fell deeply in love with beet greens. They have a similar taste to beets, though far milder — like a beet-tinged spinach. And they are lovely served raw in salad, sauteed and more. Until learning that they were edible, I had always been in the cut-and-toss camp, though. A similar […]

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The Last CSA Day of 2010: Wrap Up

The Last CSA Day of 2010: Wrap Up

| October 7, 2010 | 1 Comment

All season, I have offered suggestions for using up CSA produce. Greens, cabbages, squashes and more … This summer was filled with a fabulous array of fresh, wonderful foods. It was a wonderful several months and my CSA kept us very well-fed. So, what’s it like belonging to a CSA? Well, it’s different. In the […]

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Cooking with Kids: Heirloom Tomato Sauce

Cooking with Kids: Heirloom Tomato Sauce

| September 27, 2010 | 0 Comments

Every fall, I make a big batch of Roasted Tomato Sauce (and, last year, tomato paste) and can it for wintertime. Opening up a jar of it in the dead of winter is glorious. It’s like bottling summertime. But this year I just haven’t gotten to it and really am not sure if I will. […]

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CSA Day: Apple, Prosciutto and Walnut Salad and Other Tasty Ideas

CSA Day: Apple, Prosciutto and Walnut Salad and Other Tasty Ideas

| September 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

Apple, Prosciutto and Walnut Salad might just be my official salad of fall 2010. It’s divine. A few weeks ago, one of my cohorts at Tablespoon mentioned making an Apple Salad for this month’s content. Apple salad, I thought … should I grate it and toss with a little lemon and then add to a […]

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Heirloom Tomato and Nectarine Salad

Heirloom Tomato and Nectarine Salad

| September 16, 2010 | 2 Comments

At a family party this weekend, my cousin made a beautiful salad of heirloom tomatoes, red onions, herbs, nectarines and a light vinaigrette from a local farm. It was brilliant. The sweetness of the nectarines are a lovely contrast to the onions and tomatoes. And the vinaigrette really brought it all together. It was absolutely […]

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CSA Day: Cinnamon Applesauce and Other Fun Ideas

CSA Day: Cinnamon Applesauce and Other Fun Ideas

| September 16, 2010 | 1 Comment

Every Wednesday since the beginning of July, I’ve headed to a local organic farm where I belong to a Community Supported Agriculture program and picked up a box of fabulous, fresh veggies. We’ve feasted on fresh greens, tomatoes, squash and more this season. Oh, sweet joy. I’ll be so sad when the CSA is over, […]

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CSA Day: Apples!

CSA Day: Apples!

| September 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

I love when apple season rolls around. From apple picking to homemade apple goodies, it’s a lovely time of year. The cool temperatures are pretty awesome too. This week’s basket was filled with quite a few of these beauties. If you can stop yourself from eating all the apples from your basket this week, here […]

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CSA Day: Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes

CSA Day: Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

Today, we celebrated my husband’s birthday (Happy birthday, honey!). The day started with a homemade breakfast of cheese omelets, homemade hashbrowns and chicken sausage. Then there was Will’s 5-year-old well-visit to the doctor followed by lunch (sandwiches from our fav deli), work and a special dinner with family. It was a whirlwind. So, I am […]

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