Hello and welcome to Local Kitchen, my home-away-from-home, my virtual kitchen notebook, my Diary of a Mad Mocavore (that’s mostly-locavore, friends; like Baby Fish Mouth, soon to be sweeping the nation). I live in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley, about an hour and million light years north of the bustle of Manhattan. I eat locally, sustainably, ethically, seasonally, and I write about it here: places I have found great food, recipes I’ve loved, plants I’ve grown, kitchen disasters I’ve created (oh, there are more than a few).
There is a lot said about local eating these days: that it is expensive and elitist, that it is less efficient than centralized convential farming, that it is actually bad for the environment. One thing that doesn’t get mentioned much? Local food tastes better. Plain and simple. There are many great reasons to eat locally (check out the Why Local? page if you’re interested in hearing more), but I admit that my primary motivation is taste: never in my life have I eaten so well. Besides, I’m too poor to be elitist and too foul-mouthed to be holier than thou, so really: taste was my only option.
Come join the conversation and discover how wonderful local food can be.
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I take recipe inspiration from a variety of sources: cookbooks, magazines, blogs, conversations with friends, food in my fridge. When I have adapted another recipe, or been inspired by one, I note it in the head notes to the recipe. If there is no such attribution, the recipe in question was created by me, without reference to any other recipe, however: there are so few truly original ideas, especially in food. I don’t claim that any particular recipe is a “Local Kitchen original” because, while I may have come up with chipotle cherries because of the awesome alliteration, I don’t believe that I am the first person to do so. I do my best to attribute any and all sources and to not reproduce published recipes that are not substantially altered or already available online.
PRESS & ELSEWHERE
- Gallery at Punk Domestics.
- Gallery at Food Gawker.
- Gallery at TasteSpotting.
- LK on Pinterest.
- Chatting ketchup on NPR’s All Things Considered.
- LK at Greatist: meat-free, Spring greens and rhubarb.
- LK at Werd.
- LK at Yahoo.
- LK at Lifehacker.
- LK at Redbook.
- LK at Food in Jars.
- LK at Grist.
- LK at The Kitchn, here and here, too.
- LK at iVillage food.
- LK at Gourmet Live and again.
- LK on Yummly.
I am a member of the Amazon Affiliate program, in which some of the links to products you’ll find here on the site will provide me a commission if you click the link and purchase the product. I do this mostly because it is the easiest way to keep the books & products I recommend over & over again in one place. Because my traffic is generally low (or you guys are cheap bastards, like me, and you never buy anything), the Affiliate program nets me about $11 every 16 months or so. “Why thank you, Mr. Mortimer. I can go to the movies. By myself.”
The links are really there for informational purposes: I encourage you to source the product of interest at your local kitchen store or independent bookstore. I will never recommend something that I have not personally used and/or do not think is fabulous.
OMG! You rock! thank you so much for sharing all these with me, and for mentioning me personnally, and yes I will hurt you if you stop making applesauce 🙂 this site is awesome and I can’t wait to make something yummy since I’m so far from you making it for me…. Everything looks SOOOOO good
Fabulous! I moved to NYC 2 years ago. Love your blog and the photos are so wonderful! Thanks for putting this together!
Great blog. I wish my butt looked like yours! You are so brave to put a picture of you butt on your blog. I am going to tune in frequently. How about checking out my blog?
I had to laugh out loud at your disdain for “EVOO.”
I think we share much of the same foodshed—I’m in CT, just east of Danbury. Nice to “meet” you.
I just found your blog through Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking, and am giddy at the prospect of reading it for many posts to come! I love your philosophy. And I totally share your feelings about “EVOO”, I feel the exact same way.
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A girl after my own heart–only you live in the city. Awesome! My mom wasn’t a good cook either–in fact she hated it. I will never open up a can of green beans from the supermarket ever again. Keep up the good work and have fun doing it!
Oh, I see that you don’t live in the city at all….sorry. But good on ya nonetheless.
I just found your blog and I have enjoyed reading many of your posts!
I have to admit, what drew me to take a look, was the above picture of the floured hand-print. I started my blog back in November and since then, I’ve been doing a lot of brain-storming, trying to come up with ideas for photos that would well represent the essence of my blog.
My boyfriend’s idea was a flour hand-print, also on a butt, but a PVC covered rear-end instead of denim. So you can see why I appreciate your photo! lol
I have subscribed to your blog and look forward to future entries. I have been researching and reading a lot lately about eating locally and sustainably so I appreciate where you are coming from!
Thanks, au contraire, and welcome! As for the flour-printed butt.. well, they always say to photograph your best side! 😉
so glad to find your site. I am a long time cook but trying to be more locally concious. recently moved to NE Vermont and planning my first garden here. I grew up in the Hudson Valley and have enjoyed comparing your locavore experiences to mine. Cheers!
hey! i haven’t been on your about page in a while and i am so glad i came by again. i love the update, and the press section. good on you! 🙂
Just started canning and preserving after a few years of having my own garden and a recent foray into composting. Great recipes and I’m a huge fan of the When Harry Met Sally quote. Looking forward to reading more!
Just stumbled across your blog while searching for apple recipes to use up the last of my season’s pickings! Loving some of the recipes I’ve seen so far and will be back to check out the rest for sure! Now, what to do with the glut of tomatos on my vines about to ripen….
Welcome! If you scroll all the way down on the “Preserves” page (under Recipes) and you’ll see a bunch of tomato preserving options: roasted or pureed, sauce, salsa, spicy, etc. Must say I’m envious as my few plants did not produce much this year.
Cheers I’ll take a look. Currently drying out in the oven for the past two hours are two racks of halved cherry tomatos! 🙂
Looking forward to following along. Posting about a mocavore (love the new word) life from the mid Atlantic is my current passion.
So glad that I found your blog…You are right about local! I am a “nut” about our local farmer’s markets!
I’m glad you did too! Welcome!
I absolutely love what you’re doing here so I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Keep up the fantastic work
Thanks so much, Big Hungry Gnomes! I’m honored.
I just thought I would let you know that my blog has moved and is now bighungrygnomes.co.uk. Unfortunately, if you want to remain subscribed to my blog, you will have re-subscribe to this new address. I realise this is a little bit of a nuisance but I would really appreciate your continuing support and interest in my blog
love you blog! take a look, I have mentioned you on my sweet blogger-to-blogger awards page. http://darlacooks.com/2012/06/10/awards-page/
Thanks, Darla! I’m honored.
You had me at Baby Fish mouth.
Hi! – I love your blog – I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. For more info, check out: https://myfoodjournalblog.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/very-inspiring-blogger-award/
Thanks, Alaina! I’m humbled.
You are welcome! 🙂
I love your blog! It is beautiful and I can taste the love you put in your recipes. Thank you so much for sharing.
I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! http://brooklynlocavore.wordpress.com/2012/12/01/three-cheers-for-the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/
Hi Kaela – I’ve taken the liberty of nominating you for the Blog of the Year Award, 2012, because it’s one I think my readers would enjoy. To check out where I promoted your site, go to http://cookupastory.wordpress.com/2012/12/31/help-im-drowning-in-too-much-sugar/. If you’d like to participate in this activity, you can learn how at http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/. Happy New Year and all the best for 2013!
Just loving your blog! Thank you. Love Sunshine and Happiness
This is my first time to this blog. I love it and will be back soon.
I nominated you for the Super Sweet Bloggers Award. Check out my recent post to see. 🙂
Have just stumbled across your blog and absolutely love it – fantastic recipes and photographs! I’m really looking forward to having more of a look through and reading your new posts!
Thanks! And welcome!
Loving the new look!
Thanks! I love it too. 🙂
Enjoying the bright new look (and of course, the delicious recipes!)
Your blog is beautiful! Just discovered it, and I’m already a big fan. 🙂
I´m loving your blog! I completely agree that local food is better. And “real” food is always better.
incredible blog. following right away!
I don’t think anyone really wants to see your ass in a food blog…
But they always say to photograph your best side!
H is just jealous.
(I agree with your philosophy! 😉
I’m thrilled to have found your blog!! Our family loves food! We visited the Hudson Valley recently for the first time to visit CIA in Hyde Park. Are you near there? Our son is going to culinary school this fall (did I mention we love food), though he ended up choosing a different school. I love the pictures and information on your blog and look forward to digging through your past posts and reading your new ones.
GREAT Blog … looking forward to reading more from you !!
I need some new ideas for cooking some of my own produce, I like some of your recipes..need to try some:-)
Love the clean look and style of your blog – and your ‘about page’ is refreshingly non pretentious. Thank you! As someone who is looking for inspiration for the theme and look for my, soon to be released, blog – I have seen a lot – and yours I like very much!
I have an olive farm in Italy and also plant my own vegetables !!
Gorgeous blog. Glad I stumbled across you today – already bookmarked a couple of recipes! X
love your blog! i’m also from the hudson valley (verplanck), but currently live in boston for school! looking forward to seeing more posts 🙂
Hi Kaela, I’m a fan who has just nominated you for a Liebster Award. If you’re interested in finding out more about your nomination, please feel free to check out the following post on my blog: http://pureandsimpleliving.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/lovely-liebster/. Congratulations and keep up the great work! – Elke
I have nominated your blog for the Shine On Reader Appreciation Award. Please visit the page below for the details. I hope you would participate and pass on the Happiness. 😀
Just stumbled across your blog and I just wanted to say how lovely it is! Lots of inspiration. I’m looking forward to trying out your instant oatmeal – genius idea!
Hey, I simply enjoyed exploring your space 🙂 Will be a regular visitor now on… Lovely to connect! Visit me @ http://www.cookingwithsj.com in your free time 🙂
Wonderful blog! I was born and raised in the Hudson Valley, but moved to KY a few years back. Wow do I miss some of the food from back home! 🙂
Absolutely amazing blog! I love this seems to contain lot of wonderful recipes and the photos are beautiful and attracts my attention.
Just stumbled across your blog – love the look of your flavour combinations! Just clicked follow, nice to meet you 🙂
Hi Kaela, great blog, really inspirational!
I just discovered your blog. I try to eat local food as much as I can, so I look forward to reading more of your posts!
Hey Kaela, you’re on my list of blogs to read and check out via the Liebster Award. Thanks for being awesome and inspiring me to blog and photograph my adventures! Here’s the link: http://andreawrobel.com/2014/09/30/the-liebster-award/
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I love the topic of local cooking……the nutritional value and environmental sustainability of locally sourced food…..food that creates a sense of place…..and how traditional food heritage supports health. Enjoying your blog!
Love the look of this blog – well done!!!!
You’re right. Local food taste better so in New York as in Milan. Your blog is very interesting and very well done. I’happy for having found it! Sonia
A very inspirational blog!!!
Hello! I’ve reallly enjoyed reading your blog. Would you mind to check out my blog, too? Thanks! 🙂
Just found your blog! Really enjoying it. All the best 🙂
Hi there! I randomly found out your blog, and I like it very much because it actually reflect lots of feelings and thoughts of mine. This is why I’m going to follow you! Thanks for share your daily experience!
This is a great blog! Keep up the great work! please Visit http://www.helloworldmagazine.com sometime, too. Thanks!
Hey, absolutely love your blog and fond that the recipe’s, set up and just over all look of your blog is outstanding and really inspired me. So keep it up and i will for sure follow you (:
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I hope that you don’t mind that I’ve nominated you for a Blogger Recognition Award. You’re someone I enjoy following through your blog or on Facebook. Do with this nomination what you will but know that I appreciate your work and wish you the best.
Sandi Lo Conti, http://www.ordinarylegacy.com/word/2015/11/01/grateful-nomination/