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quick snow peas with lemon herb dressing

PEAS: Sugar, Snap and Snow

Sugar, Snap or Snow Peas There is nothing quite as graceful as trellised pea plants in full swing. And nothing quite as tasty as a crunchy sugar snap pea eaten straight off the vine. And nothing that so captures the essence of spring as peas—all kinds of peas. Peas love cool, wet weather, and so [...]

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Smoked Yogurt Marinated Beef Roast

Smoked Yogurt Marinated Beef Roast

This smoked, yogurt marinated beef roast was served for Cindy’s birthday dinner a few nights ago, where I wanted to do something very tasty, a bit unusual and didn’t require hovering over the stove in the kitchen for a long time, as we were busy with catching up in the office after two successive weekends [...]

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Spinach Sesame and Ginger Salad

Spinach Salad with Sesame and Ginger

Here’s our adaptation of several classic Asian wilted spinach dishes, usually served either before or alongside the main meal. This is easy to make, downright delicious but with an unusual twist in the flavors that will make it memorable for your guests. Enjoy the flush of spinach, because it is a short-lived season! Here’s what [...]

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Szechuan Button and Mango Sorbet

  Taste one of these little bright yellow jewels and you’ll immediately discover why they’ve gained a loyal following and a number of equally colorful names. They initially give a strong burst of citrus-like tang, quickly followed by a curious, tingly jolt of electricity sensation that spreads from your tongue to fill your whole mouth [...]

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Cucamelon

Pickled Cucamelons with Dill and Mint

Cucamelons are tiny watermelon lookalikes originally from Central America that are enjoying their spot in the limelight these days. Home gardeners are captivated with the look of these jewel-like melons and then often fall completely in love with their crisp, crunchy, cucumber-tinged-with-lime flavor. After you’ve gotten your fill of fresh cucamelons in salads, salsas, as [...]

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Red Risotto with Radicchio

Radicchio is a member of the chicory family – along with Endive and Escarole – and is part of the dandelion group. Chicories are thought to help with digestion of rich foods and are often served as sides to hearty winter fare in Europe. Many folks are familiar with radicchio, endive and chicory as a [...]

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Rhubarb’s Story

 Ellen shares her research and experiences with rhubarb, that unusual but loved garden vegetable. A deep red stalk is more popular among consumers, but often has poor growth and yield. Green varieties are often much more productive. People often assume red stemmed rhubarb is sweeter than other colors but color and sweetness are not necessarily [...]

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Sour Cream Biscuits

Sour cream biscuits are a delicious use of extra sour cream,  for a special occasion or just for the fun of it. Using extra sour cream or sour milk to make biscuits or pancakes is an old technique that dates back to farm house days when there would be extra milk or cream from milking [...]

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

 Roasted Butternut squash is the mainstay in many delicious cold season soups, with good reason. They are satisfying, slightly sweet and lend themselves to many savory seasonings without being overwhelmed. Here’s an unusual take on the classic with a slightly sweet twist thanks to maple syrup! It is very easy to make and works equally [...]

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American Flag Leeks

Leeks: Not Just for Stews

Leeks are thought of (when they are thought of at all) as a base for winter soups and stews. But they deserve far more attention than a bit player in a winter’s tale. Although the leek is a member of the onion family, the flavor is more subtle and refined than the standard onion. An [...]

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