Unbeatable Summer Brunch

Sometimes the simplest things are the best. Full-fat cottage cheese, blueberries (the kind that explode in your mouth they’re so juicy) and strawberries from a local farmer, garden-ripe tomatoes… You can’t tell me this doesn’t look amazing!


Good Chicken Salad Salad – With Grapes and Pine Nuts

Just another delicious summer salad made with local lettuce and tomatoes. But the star of the dish is, of course, the chicken salad on top. It’s so simple to make, and wonderfully flavorful. Good Chicken Salad with Grapes and Pine Nuts Recipe You will need: several chicken breasts, poached and shredded (or leftover rotisserie chicken,


Parmesan Crusted Baked “Fried” Zucchini

One of the first things my husband requested when our zucchini plant started producing was, “Something like fried zucchini, maybe with parmesan cheese for the coating?” So we’ll give him the credit for basically inventing these. And they were GOOD. Even the leftovers were great cold or room temperature (though they also re-warmed just fine).


Chinese Broccoli – or How to Cook Vegetables

I could sit here and pretend I’m about to write some sort of magnificent recipe. Or I could tell you the truth. Here’s the truth: To make veggies that are delicious, you just need 3 things. A cooking technique. Pick one: boil, steam, stir-fry, blanch, grill, broil, roast, etc… the list goes on. A fat.


Home Fries Recipe – Fried in Beef Tallow

So, my potato-eating life has been infinitely better since I learned the secret to crispy homemade french fries. Since then, I’ve made crispy fries and hash browns many times, usually frying in bacon grease, though occasionally in olive oil and/or coconut oil if we were low on the pig-fat. Well, recently I made homemade beef


Awesome Salad w/Honey Mustard Dressing

Another delicious salad with our CSA bounty. This one is: leaf lettuce (CSA) tomato wedges (CSA) sharp cheddar cheese ham from the deli honey-mustard dressing To make honey-mustard dressing, I just squeezed a good amount of mustard into a little bowl, then added some honey and stirred. After that, I whisked in olive oil until


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Have I mentioned yet how much I love my CSA? Well, I do. And lately they’ve been sending us gorgeous huge bunches of leaf lettuce, along with juicy flavorful tomatoes (a nice reprieve from the mealy flavorless grocery store tomatoes!!!). Combine that with gorgeous getting-warmer-each-week weather, and what could be more obvious than SALADS? I


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Edited/Updated 12/10/2011: So I was going to make this again, but I didn’t have any cream, so I did it differently, and then kind of went off my original recipe like whoa… and it was amazing. I roasted 2 small heads of cut-up cauliflower (one large one would be good) with just a bit of


Exciting Swiss Chard and/or Spinach Recipe

Here’s another gorgeous vegetable from my CSA basket – Swiss Chard! I suppose it’s in the same category as “greens” like mustard greens, collard greens, kale, that sort of thing. But it’s really not as tough or fibrous as those – it’s kind of like a cross between “greens” and spinach, which has a high


Creamed Spinach Recipe

We’ve been getting spinach in our CSA basket, but I’m not sure if my husband has actually gotten to eat any of it… I keep making creamed spinach for myself and gobbling it up for lunches. Can you blame me though? It only takes a few minutes to make (depending on how cooked you like


Broccolini and my New! Pan!

This week in our CSA basket, we got a couple bunches of adorable broccolini. Sometimes it’s called “baby broccoli” but it’s really not. It’s a cross between broccoli and kai-lan, which is Chinese broccoli (so says Wikipedia). It’s very delicate and not something you want to overcook, so light steaming or sauteing/stir-frying it are good


Baked Oven Fries Recipe

I guess if I say “baked” then of course they’re in the oven and I don’t also need to say “oven fries” but… oh well. That’s what this post is gonna be called. So we bought all these potatoes because, well… I’ve been making stews lately and potatoes are good in there (I might use



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