RSSEating Locally, Homecooking, Gardening

Penne with Swiss Chard and Kielbasa

Penne with Swiss Chard and Kielbasa

| July 7, 2011 | 8 Comments

Since our first glimpse of spring this year, I have been waiting, yearning, planning. For months, I have been imaging what it would be like when I got to start bringing home my overflowing veggie basket from my CSA. If you aren’t familiar with CSAs, it’s an abbreviation for Community Supported Agriculture programs. Basically, you […]

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Strawberry Picking 2011 (Eat. Live. Be. For a Better 2011)

Strawberry Picking 2011 (Eat. Live. Be. For a Better 2011)

| June 21, 2011 | 3 Comments

When I read this week’s topic for Eat. Live. Be. For a Better 2011, I smiled. It’s a great topic, and one that we should all consider now and again. The topic is ‘What makes you happy?’. The simplest answer I can give is so many things … That little boy above makes me sublimely […]

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How to Roast Red Peppers on the Grill

How to Roast Red Peppers on the Grill

| June 17, 2011 | 6 Comments

When I came home from work the other day and set up to, well, work, I discovered that my home internet wasn’t working. And to make matters worse, tech support was closed. So, I worked offline for a bit (getting a ton done!) before going to bed early. The next morning I woke up early […]

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Braised Dinosaur Kale with Shallots, Lemon and Romano

Braised Dinosaur Kale with Shallots, Lemon and Romano

| June 16, 2011 | 4 Comments

Do you ever just want to cheer from the rooftops? Maybe let out a loud whoop? Or perhaps jump on Oprah’s couch … oh wait, that’s just Tom Cruise.  Anyway, even if you aren’t couch jumping, everyone feels like this sometimes … where something thrills you so much that you just want to tell everyone. […]

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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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Sweet and Sour Baby Bok Choy

Sweet and Sour Baby Bok Choy

| February 8, 2011 | 3 Comments

Last week, Rivki encouraged me to be adventurous with veggies in the winter, since it’s better to enjoy what you are eating then to stick to what’s inexpensive. It makes a lot of sense. I rarely eat beef, instead opting for chicken or turkey or fish, so I spend less on proteins these days. So, […]

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Searching for the Perfect Homemade Pasta Recipe: Part 1

Searching for the Perfect Homemade Pasta Recipe: Part 1

| November 17, 2010 | 1 Comment

If there was just one carb to darken my doorway for the rest of eternity, it would be pasta. My kids request it nightly. I like it. My husband likes it. And there are endless ways to flavor and dress it. As far as versatile ingredients go, pasta is right up there. Typically, we eat […]

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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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