Beautiful Pears

Beautiful Pears

Fall has always been my favorite season because it’s full of lush abundance. I get to return to roasting, baking and slow simmering. My kitchen is full of foods that are slightly heavier with rich, robust flavor. Beautiful orange pumpkins, dark green winter squash, juicy, crisp apples, and luscious, ripe pears usher in savory creations. […]

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

I like to eat seasonal fruits and vegetables. Brussels sprouts are a hearty winter vegetable and are sweetest and most tender after a hard frost. They are a good source of fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin C. Look for young, small green sprouts that have tightly formed buds. Avoid any yellowing, which means that the sprouts […]

Boiled VS. Steamed

Boiled VS. Steamed

Steaming eggs is the secret to hard-boiled eggs that are consistently perfect. Don’t place an egg in boiling water. That lowers the temperature of the water and makes it hard to nail down a precise cooking time. Do steam in a steamer basket. The eggs don’t touch the water, which means they don’t lower the […]

Peppers

Peppers

We’re coming to the end of the last wave of beautiful warm weather. It’s a perfect time to take advantage of wonderful days and delicious late summer crops. Farmers’ markets are bursting with baskets of delectable produce that can be preserved in many ways. If you have plenty of peppers they can be roasted in […]

All About Pumpkins 🎃

All About Pumpkins 🎃

For cooking, seek out small, sweet varieties with a thick flesh and a fairly small seed cavity, such as the Sugar, Pie, Baby Bear, or Cheese pumpkin. Field pumpkins have a fibrous flesh that is not good for cooking. Keep them for jack-o’-lanterns. For convenience, you can use canned pumpkin puree. Some are unsweetened and […]

Baking Pies

Baking Pies

Whether you’re baking summer pies or getting ready for holiday baking it’s important to have some key information about pie dough. Blind Baking Blind baking is prebaking a crust before you add an unbaked or especially wet filling. To ensure that your crust turns out crisp while blind baking, you can either dock it or […]

Make The Most Of Tomatoes

Make The Most Of Tomatoes

The end of summer is fresh produce heaven, which includes delicious vine ripened tomatoes. What do you do when you have a tomato abundance? Here are some tips for making the most of the end of summer tomatoes. Sliced: Incorporate into sandwiches or add to basil and mozzarella for a Caprese Salad. Chopped: You only […]

Fall Baking

Fall Baking

Even though summer is not technically over I’m in the fall baking mood. Yesterday was a rainy day here in New England. I made Gooey Rocky Road Brownies and I had to stop myself from eating the entire batch.

Grapes

Grapes

From Concord to Emperor, there are so many delicious grape varieties available. Whether tossed in a salad, baked into a dessert, or straight off the vine, these bite-size globes are packed with flavor. Bursting with fiber, vitamin C, and loads of antioxidants, this fruit packs a nutritional punch as big as flavor. Grapes make an […]

Orzo

Orzo

Orzo is the Italian word for barley; however, orzo is not made from barley at all, but rather from semolina, which is a course ground flour made from durum wheat. With its shape reminiscent of slivered almonds, orzo cooks up in about half the time of rice, making it a speedy standby to have on […]