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...

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...

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...