Caldo Verde

Ten years ago, I spent three weeks in Portugal, tooling about the countryside in a rented Suzuki (the “A” car for the “E” price), sight-seeing, visiting family & friends, and watching a whole lot of football (soccer, in our football-heathen country).  I still remember having caldo verde, literally “green soup,” nearly every day.  It’s a traditional dish in Portugal, and on the menu pretty much everywhere you go, with a broth as light as air but full of flavor, bright […]

Leafy Greens

I just picked up the first CSA bag of the season, otherwise known as, “greens, greens, and more greens!” It seemed an appropriate time to put up another seasonal ingredient page, this one rounding up all of the fabulous things you can do with leafy greens. Kale, arugula, chard, spinach, bok choi, tatsoi, mustard greens, dandelion, beet tops, radish tops, collards, turnip greens: the list goes on (and on and on). I put lettuce, cresses, and the soft, mild, eat-when-raw […]

Winter

Winter: snow falling, fires crackling, nose nipping, cocoa steaming. After the rush of summer and fall preserving, winter is a glorious time to cook. It’s toastily pleasant to have the oven on, warming up the kitchen, for those long, slow braises and savory roasted vegetables. It’s a time to sit back, relax, and reap the benefits of all of your hard-earned putting up over the growing months and for visiting with family and friends and enjoying one of the greatest pleasures in life: a truly good […]

Preserves

Of necessity, a Northeast locavore will do some preserving: the winter is long and not all of us have the luxury of hothouse produce or a functioning root cellar. Canning is an obvious choice, but there are many ways to preserve: freezing vegetables, fruit, soups, stocks and stew bases, cold storage of root vegetables and fall fruits, dehydrating, curing, smoking, fermenting. Explore some of the many ways to preserve the harvest in the recipes below. Looking at diving into preserving this […]

Recipes

The recipe index is live! Feel free to offer any feedback; categories you would like highlighted (vegetarian? quick & easy? holiday?), organization that would make the index more useful, shock & awe at my deep and abiding love of the scone. SEASONAL Spring Summer Fall Winter INGREDIENT Citrus Leafy Greens Tomatoes PRESERVES Individual preserve recipes are listed on the Preserves page and are not listed separately here. Preserves page Freezing Vegetables Preserving Apples Preserving Cherries Preserving Herbs Preserving Rhubarb Preserving […]

Tai’s Grilled Corn on the Cob

Last night, ignoring the threatening rumbles of thunder and the soggy deck furniture, we grilled. Bone-in chicken breasts with a teriyaki glaze, boneless chicken tenders in one of my classic “clean out the fridge” marinades (this one using up the dregs of various jars of apple raspberry jam, ginger rhubarb jam, strawberry rhubarb jam and curried apple chutney, all mixed together with a little orange juice, champagne vinegar and local chile powder), and spicy red banana peppers and corn on the […]

Christina’s Garden Vegetable Soup

I’m not the biggest cabbage fan; too many boiled dinners as a kid, I guess.  However, every summer we get a couple of ridiculously huge cabbages from the CSA – we have one in the fridge right now that is the size of my torso.  So,  not liking cabbage in general, and defnitely not a fan of either sauerkraut or cole slaw, what’s a girl with a ton o’ cabbage to do? I posed this question a couple of years […]

Cherry Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

We did a lot of driving on our honeymoon.  4300 kilometers to be exact (about 2700 miles).  From Calgary down to Glacier National Park in Montana, back up again to Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park, then west to Revelstoke, Whistler, Squamish & Vancouver.  From Vancouver we went further west to Vancouver Island and all the way out to “the end of the road,” Tofino; then worked our way slowly back to Calgary and our flight home. As always when […]