The old adage, “If it grows together it goes together” was never more true in this early spring combination of Ramps and Fiddlehead ferns.
From quick weeknight preparations to more elaborate celebrations, join me in the kitchen where I incorporate home-grown or home-made elements into finished dishes for family and friends. As I like to say, around here if you leave hungry, it’s your own darn fault!
Last week we used butternut squash in those savory hand pies. This week a trip to the cellar yielded a spaghetti squash, it’s scarred golden skin concealing noodle-like strands that give it its name. I also found one of the last mini braids of garlic and will use that to infuse a vegetable broth with [...]
I’m a little envious of families that have rich food traditions linked to their culture. It seems my Italian, Polish, German, Mexican, and Indians friends grew up with fantastic foods with exotic names – insalata, pirogi, wurst, carnitas, and curries. Those are natural to them as roast beef and a side of broccoli are to [...]
We are experiencing a several day thaw though we’re solidly in the middle of snow covered winter. The overcast skies and cold days, still-long nights makes me want to cocoon in the house wrapped up in a sweater. To make the scene complete something warm and rich should be burbling away on the stove for [...]
I like to practice garden to table as much as I am able. While your local climate may keep you from popping out to the garden to pick something for dinner in middle of winter, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your garden harvest year round. It’s the beginning of February here near Chicago, it’s [...]
One of ubiquitous (it was on every buffet, morning, noon, and night) dishes on my recent holiday was beans and rice or more rightly as I was informed, Peas and Rice. I imagine that at one point the locals referred to most lugumes as peas and the name stuck. Perhaps someone has more information? Rice [...]