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Fresh, Chopped Onions on a Weeknight

Fresh, Chopped Onions on a Weeknight

| September 25, 2007 | 3 Comments

No time for a full post this morning, but here’s a nifty little tip. If you have a FoodSaver or a similar device that seals bags while sucking all the air out of them, you can speed up your mid-week cooking. How? Chop ingredients like onions, carrots, peppers and potatoes or mince garlic over the […]

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Recipe: Swiss Chard with Tomato and Feta

Recipe: Swiss Chard with Tomato and Feta

| September 22, 2007 | 3 Comments

Here’s another local dish (significance? check out Eat Local Challenge). I took some local ingredients – Swiss chard, a tomato, an onion – and made this fabulous side dish (see above, at top right). It went perfectly with the tangy panko chicken (recipe to come) and lemon feta cous cous. Mmmmm. A note about Swiss […]

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Eating local, eating quickly: Tortellini with tomatoes, garlic and feta

Eating local, eating quickly: Tortellini with tomatoes, garlic and feta

| September 21, 2007 | 3 Comments

Some nights, I just want something fresh and flavorful that cooks in no time. This is one of my favorite dishes for that. I don’t usually specify a pasta or a brand, but this variety is very tasty and works well with the other flavors. Plus the timing is perfect. It takes about 10 minutes […]

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How to Make a Big Batch of Roasted Tomato Sauce to Store for the Winter

How to Make a Big Batch of Roasted Tomato Sauce to Store for the Winter

| September 7, 2007 | 4 Comments

Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes! When I bought the 10 pounds of seconds tomatoes last weekend, I was worried that my ultimate goal of transforming them into a succulent sauce was, well, a bit lofty. But, fortunately, the plan worked like a charm and I was able to use my small batch process on a much larger […]

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Heirloom Tomato Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

| September 5, 2007 | 1 Comment

Nearly every weekend this summer has included a trip to my cousin’s farm. Will and I have carefully selected the farm-fresh and mostly organic produce and coveted it all week long. There were overflowing pints of blueberries that Will would finish before the day was out and tiny, sweet orange cherry tomatoes that would burst […]

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Tips for a Flawless Risotto

Tips for a Flawless Risotto

| August 16, 2007 | 0 Comments

Finally! Finally I have perfected my risotto technique. After making it twice this week with creamy, perfect results, I am feeling pretty good about the little rice dish. Unfortunately I have also learned that I am not that fond of it – I like cleaner flavors then you get with a risotto. C’est la vie! […]

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How to Freeze Blueberries

How to Freeze Blueberries

| August 13, 2007 | 0 Comments

Once you’ve picked hoards of the beautiful blue, sweet balls of wonder, what do you do with them? Besides cooking and eating, you can also freeze blueberries so that they can be enjoyed all year. Frozen berries can be used the same as fresh berries once thawed. And it’s a super treat to have fantastic […]

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It’s Blueberry Picking Time!

It’s Blueberry Picking Time!

| August 12, 2007 | 1 Comment

The heat wave in New England has subsided. After day after day of intolerable heat, it was cool yesterday (while it rained) and warm today. Thank goodness. The stifling heat is just too much for this pregnant woman to take. Fortunately, today also happened to be the day that Virtual Frolic and I had planned […]

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Making Strawberry Jam

Making Strawberry Jam

| July 16, 2007 | 3 Comments

I started this post several weeks ago before going on vacation. Unfortunately, time constraints forced me to set it aside. And now, after careful thought, I have decided not to give you a recipe to go along with it. At least not yet. But making jam? Not that hard. Canning? Not that hard. And the […]

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Canning and Preserving: My Introduction

Canning and Preserving: My Introduction

| June 29, 2007 | 1 Comment

Something clicked this spring and I decided that I wanted to try canning jams, veggies, pickles . . . you name it. It’s not something I have ever done before though or even seen done. And frankly, I can be a bit obsessive when trying to do something new. True to form, I bought two […]

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