Navigating the Farmers Market..Shop Smart

September is the perfect time to explore your inner locavore (a person whose diet consists only or principally of locally grown or produced food.) Your options are plentiful, there are end of summer selections like locally-grown tomatoes, corn, beans, stone fruit, and summer squash. The list is definitely longer than that, but go explore it for yourself.  There's still so much to be excited about, the cooler weather brings colorful winter squashes, savory mushrooms, and crisp sweet apples....more
I love visiting my local farmer's markets on Saturday mornings! I find that if you take the time ...more

Household Planning Genius?

When I'm reasonably alert, don't have other things I'd rather be doing, and I'm looking at great ingredients and a clean kitchen, I really love cooking.  My meal planning each week reflects that, since I tend to pick out a few relatively ambitious recipes that involve a lot of different fresh vegetables and assorted other ingredients.  The thing I don't like about this, though, is that I end up with a lot of food waste.  A recipe will call for one scallion, the store will sell them in a bunch of 10, and I never think to c...more

The Promise of Summer: Making Strawberry Cake

Strawberries — sweet little kisses of summer…  I know, I know, it’s not summer yet. But can’t a woman dream? Don’t know about you, but I had a perfect Mother’s Day weekend. Part of the program was a trip to a local strawberry patch, where we gathered three gallons of ready-to-eat picture-perfect delicious strawberries in less than 15 minutes! ...more
This looks absolutely delicious! The perfect way to kick off the summer strawberry season.more

Perfect Vanilla Ice Cream

A Springtime Risotto: Aroma Cucina

A Springtime Risotto: Aroma Cucina Fava beans and crispy proscuitto make for an amazingly flavorful, colorful and textured risotto.  Here's the low down on the 'how to'.  Every bit worth the effort!  This is one great recipe, and easy to boot! http://aromacucina.typepad.com/aroma_cucina/2011/04/fava-bean-crispy-prosciutto-make-a-seasonal-risotto.html http://bit.ly/hLnZ4m...more