I have never eaten so many fish sticks in my entire life. With our schedules and picky eaters, fish sticks are the magic combination of convenience, healthy (I serve them with baked french fries and edamame), and deliciousness - at least one day a week. I pop them into the oven when I get home,… Continue reading Homemade Dilly Tartar Sauce
Essense of the Garden (aka: veggie stock)
You can get tasty chicken or beef stock pretty much anywhere. About 15 years ago when I foolishly tried to buy good veggie stock I was surprised to find that all of them kind of sucked. Is that slander? I tried five different kinds and they ranged from tinny to watery. So I decided to… Continue reading Essense of the Garden (aka: veggie stock)
Is kale still all the craze? I was a little late to that party... too many hours in food service arranging the near-plastic green stuff around salad bars and catering trays. And even though I had conceded to eat it, my kale consumption was largely restricted to kale chips and a heartier version of Chard… Continue reading Freezing Kale
Crocodile Chips (aka.: Refrigerator Pickles)
I was never a huge pickle fan until I ran across this recipe years ago in New York. I was working at a restaurant called Bubby's Pie Company, and they threw these "quick pickles" together in the summertime to go with their brioche cheeseburgers. They are sweet, crunchy, spicy and tangy. It's great when you… Continue reading Crocodile Chips (aka.: Refrigerator Pickles)
Perfect Pie Crust
I know, from speaking with some of my friends and clients, that people find pie crust a little intimidating. My grandma was a big pie maker. My cousins and I have been making pie crust from scratch since we were in the single digits, so it's took me a while to really understand this. Pie-making… Continue reading Perfect Pie Crust
Home Made Chicken Stock
Whether you are roasting a whole chicken, deboning for stir fry, or just have a bucket of bones from KFC... chicken stock is super easy to make and is really worth the time. I've said it before, farmers have a philosophy of "waste not, want not". That goes double for me when it comes to… Continue reading Home Made Chicken Stock
Make the most of your fall squash
Every year, I like to grow or buy a bunch of squashes and bake them up for using the rest of the year. I have a few favorite squashes I always get, and sometimes I add a couple new ones just to test them out. Last year my husband saw me baking up my all-time… Continue reading Make the most of your fall squash
Tomatillo Salsa (aka: magic green sauce)
May I begin by saying, I love tomatillos! Don't fear them, fellow Gringos. These lovely little green and yellow gooseberry cousins have a refreshingly savory, lemony flavor that goes well with so many dishes. In the summer when they first ripen, I love them chopped into salads, dropped on top of nachos or a cold… Continue reading Tomatillo Salsa (aka: magic green sauce)
Is that Elderberry Cordial, Mrs. Danforth?
Around here you can find elderberry bushes growing in nearly every forested area. And as luck would have it! In my yard back at the farm as well. Everything harvested early this year so I barely got any picked before the birds got to them, but I did manage to pick enough for a small… Continue reading Is that Elderberry Cordial, Mrs. Danforth?
Yes you CAN make home made tomato sauce!
My in-laws came for a visit the last week in September and brought with them EIGHTEEN enormous vine ripened, home grown tomatoes. We already had a gallon bag from my mom in the fridge and my neighbor asked me to take pity on her and pick hers as well. For a person not terribly fond… Continue reading Yes you CAN make home made tomato sauce!