Hot Sauce!

Hot Sauce

T and I are very into grilled peppers.  One of our favorite restaurants in Boston (Toro) has delicious grilled peperoncini peppers smothered in olive oil and salt.  They are amazing!  We have had good luck recreating them at home and recently thought we'd try these small sweet red peppers instead of our usual green peperoncinis. Well it turns … [Read more...]

Tongues of Fire Beans

Tongues of Fire Beans

How could I resit these beautiful beans?  I found them at the farmer's market and had to give them a try.  The farmer selling them told me they are called Tongues of Fire because of their pink shells and described them as a mixture of fresh summer beans (think green beans) and dried winter beans.  They are semi-dried, so they need to be cooked, but … [Read more...]

Lemon Ginger Apple Butter

Lemon Ginger Apple Butter

I really love apples.  There is something about the fall tradition of going out on a sunny day and visiting an orchard.  It's actually probably the food Americans are most familiar with harvesting themselves.  Way to start the trend apples! We recently went out and picked a ton of apples.  I saved quite a few for eating as-is, and decided to try … [Read more...]

Roasted Celeriac and Brussel Sprouts

Roasted Celeriac and Brussels Sprouts

Celeriac is absolutely delicious, but often overlooked by cooks due to its bizarre physical appearance. Celeriac is the root of the celery plant and has a mild and sweet root vegetable flavor with hints of celery. Celeriac is harvested in the fall and can be stored throughout the winter.  It can be eaten raw or cooked in salads, stuffings, soups, … [Read more...]

Summer Veggie Quinoa Salad

Summer Veggie Quinoa Salad

I am a big believer in quinoa.  As someone who focuses on a mainly plant based diet, this complete protein grain is a terrific addition.  Plus it tastes great and I like the little squiggly grains. I use quinoa a number of ways, but by far my favorite is in salads.  You can use virtually any vegetables you have on hand and create a delicious, … [Read more...]

Sundried Tomatoes

Sundried Tomatoes

I have recently started exploring the world of drying.  A friend gave us a dehydrator for our wedding and it has been really fun to play with drying different fruits and vegetables.  We got the dehydrator last fall after the tomato season, so I was waiting with anticipation for the first plum tomatoes to arrive in the farmers markets this summer.  … [Read more...]

Refrigerator Pickles

Refrigerator Pickles

I love pickles!  I've had good luck making big batches and officially canning them, but I also enjoy making small fresh batches to enjoy throughout the summer.  Making small batches allows you to use whatever veggies you have and avoids the full canning process, which can be hot and daunting. I started two large ball jars in my fridge at the … [Read more...]

Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic scapes are the fresh green spring growth of garlic plants.  They have a wonderful mild garlicy flavor and can be used in many ways.  My personal favorite is garlic scape pesto!  I have made this at the beginning of the summer for the past few years and it always symbolizes the unfolding of delicious seasonal produce rituals. Take a moment … [Read more...]