Autumn Essentials

Call me basic, but I’ve been dreaming of autumn since August. As a kid, I never understood why ‘grown-ups’ were so anxious for summer to end but, let’s face it, I’m basically a grandma and autumn gives me the perfect opportunity to cozy up with a flannel blanket, drink hot tea, and watch Mountaineer football. Because I have so many cool weather must-haves, I thought it only made sense to...

Amateur Chef, Expert Eater

I have two cooking “styles”–I’m either a lazy mofo and eat mac and cheese with sliced hotdogs, or I go nuts and cook absolutely everything. I’m talking, “pull out all of your kitchen gadgets and finest ingredients and dirty every dish in this house”. When the weather breaks and the farmers markets are back in business, I troll the booths for ramps, strawberries and rhubarb. In an effort to branch...

28 and Feelin’ Great

Most folks spend NYE drunkenly reflecting on the resolutions they did or didn’t keep throughout the year. Then, just before the clock strikes midnight, they find themselves creating a mental list of their goals for the New Year. Lose weight. Quit smoking. Pay off debt.   I find myself in a similar situation every July, just as my birthday is approaching and we’ve officially reached that midyear point. I take...

All the Rhubarb

Anything made with rhubarb immediately makes me think of my paternal grandparents. Other triggers for this specific nostalgia: the smell of fresh dill and certain types of sunscreen, raspberries picked fresh off of the bush and eaten while still warm from the sun, Dean Martin and the way someone smells when they are sweating out vodka the next day (this one is not my favorite). Strawberry rhubarb pie was one...

The Cool List: July 5, 2016

Farmers’ Market Pasta I was given this recipe by one of my vegetarian coworkers years ago and I always find myself looking forward to summer so that I can make this dish. Simple, fresh ingredients and very little cooking allow the flavors to shine through and I’ll take any excuse to use ingredients from my garden. If you want to make it a little (ok, a lot) healthier, omit the...

The Cool List: June 5, 2016

Almond Pops by 180 Snacks When people ask what my hobbies are, snacking is pretty high up on the list, right after drinking outdoors and painting my nails. I found these Almond Pops randomly at the checkout at TJ Maxx and just tossed them into the cart without really thinking about it. I had already opened them by the time I got into the car and I could not stop...

The Cool List: May 27, 2016

Grace & Frankie Dare I say that this is my favorite show of all time? Yes, I dare. About a year ago, I was sucked into season 1 of Grace & Frankie based off of a recommendation from my good friend, Netflix. I knew it was true love the first time I heard “fuck” slip out of Frankie’s mouth. I immediately professed my love for the show to friends and...

Ramp Carbonara

I have mentioned my CSA from Stony Ridge Farm numerous times on the blog and I’m sure my family and friends are sick of hearing about it too, but I can’t help it! One of my favorite things about my farm fresh produce delivery is that it forces me to find recipes for and use ingredients I wouldn’t normally buy; for example, ramps, quail eggs, duck eggs, and tons of greens. The...