Ellen shares her research on the history of beets today. Did you know that beets weren’t always the deep red we are familiar with, but that characteristic was selected for and bred into them in the 1700’s? Lighter red existed much earlier than that, but not in the blood-red shades we know today. Make sure […]
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 […]
Risotto is a wonderful Italian dish made from rice. Some of the best Italian rice is harvested at the beginning of October around Verona, in the north-east of Italy. One of the most famous areas is Isola della Scala, just south of Verona. Isola della Scala is often called “Città del Riso” (city of rice) […]
Catania is an old city on the south-east coast of Sicily, fronting the Ionian Sea. During the Renaissance, Catania was Sicily’s most important cultural, artistic, and political hub due in part to its major seaport. In 1434 the first university in Sicily was founded and today it is one of the main economic centers of […]
When Fall arrives, I look forward to thick and hearty soups. Even if the weather isn’t cold and blustery quite yet, a hot bowl of broth-based soup is somehow nourishing for both the body and soul. Serve with fresh cornbread, biscuits or home-baked whole wheat bread and butter, and you’ll understand how family traditions are […]
Here’s two new recipes that use fresh from the garden carrots in unusual but delicious ways. Fresh, local food in the best way possible!
Here is a great way to turn the remaining Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin into an incredibly delicious soup that people will rave about.
I found this wonderful recipe for soup that uses Swiss Chard and has the flavors that I talk about in the eNewsletter post, so I had to share! Enjoy. Provençal Chard Soup 3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil 1 Small yellow onion, minced 1 Tsp chopped garlic 2 Medium carrots, cut into 1/4 inch slices […]