Cooking Blogs

May 7, 2018

This easy roasted asparagus recipe lets the flavor of fresh asparagus really shine.  My parents stopped by our house on their way home on Sunday to drop off a treat: fresh asparagus that had been cut that morning!    Right away, I trimmed the edges and wrapped them in a wet paper towel and put them in a zipper-lock bag in the vegetable crisper in our refrigerator. The ends of asparagus should stay moist (but don’t wash or wet the rest or the asparagus stalk). Watch our video on how to clean,... more

April 30, 2018

Our Mint Mango Smoothie is incredibly refreshing—with only five ingredients. If you’re looking for a healthier snack, here’s a great way to start fresh! We usually make this smoothie in less than 10 minutes. The longest process is cutting and peeling the mango, so it was not that difficult. If you’re vegan, use coconut milk frozen yogurt rather than the real stuff. Creamy and fruity, this smoothie is great for breakfast along with some oatmeal or as a mid-morning or mid-afternoon pick-me-up. It... more

February 28, 2018

I was at the farmers’ market on an Saturday in mid-April cruising through the rows of vegetables, when I saw something exciting enough to stop me in my tracks. It couldn’t be. It was too early. Could it be? It was. Ramps! And where there are ramps, there’s a Wild Ramp (Spring Onion) Pesto recipe to be made! What are Ramps? Ramps, you might ask? As in the inclined walkway? No, no. Ramps are wild spring onions. Ramps wild spring onions—also called ramsons, wild leeks, wood leeks, wild garlic.... more

February 15, 2018

This Lentil and Brown Rice Soup recipe is a perfect introduction to cooking hearty, comforting lentils. If you thought lentils were intimidating, check out how incredibly easy this recipe is! Lentils are a really satisfying legume rich in protein (especially important for non-meat eaters) and fiber for heart and digestive health. This is a delicious, aromatic soup has become a favorite go-to recipe—especially on a chilly day. If you’ve never worked with lentils, they can be a little... more

February 8, 2018

Where does cocoa come from? What’s the difference between cocoa and chocolate? Is chocolate healthy? Enjoy this delightful post about cocoa—plus, a delicious recipe. It’s that time of the year when cupid takes flight and the love of one’s sweetheart is met with sweets for one’s love. Chocolate is purchased and consumed in huge amounts.  Well, I certainly don’t need a special time of the year to appreciate the flavor and nuances of the divine cocao bean but it did get me to thinking. Since a... more

February 2, 2018

I hardly needed a reason to try this Chocolate Berry Torte recipe, but with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it seemed like perfect timing! Who doesn’t love chocolate, especially when it’s swathed in whipped cream and raspberries?  And for all of the complexity that the name “torte” suggests, this is easy to do well. I have a deep aluminum bowl for two primary purposes: bread making and whipping cream. It has always seemed like a bottomless pit, but 3 cups of heavy whipping cream defied... more

November 17, 2017

Rugelach are delicious Jewish pastries made from a cream cheese–based dough and filled with anything from raspberry jam and walnuts to cinnamon-sugar and chocolate. Find out how to make delicious rugelach pastries! What are Rugelach Pastries? The word means “little twists” in Yiddish, and they are a traditional Jewish pastry. However, after making the rugelach recipe below, the translation seems to have changed a little to mean “heaven in cookie form” in my home! My grandmother makes us... more

October 25, 2017

Most of us have a pepper shaker on our kitchen table, but do you know where that pepper actually comes from? Learn all about black pepper, including its history, health benefits, and even how it contributed to European exploration of the Americas. I got a plant in the mail the other day, and when I unearthed it from all the wrappings, I thought at first that it was just a standard ivy plant. Then I read the tag attached to it: Piper nigrum. Whoa, I was thrilled! A friend had sent me an... more

July 1, 2017

The family and I headed out for an after-dinner walk the other night. We started down the driveway and made our way along the field when someone keenly spied the motherload.  Our field was surprisingly filled with sweet, red, wild strawberries perfect for the pickin’ and eatin’. Suddenly a walk was the last thing on our minds as the strawberry field beckoned us. An hour later, my daughter Autumn and I returned from the field with containers full of the sweetest and reddest lil’ strawberries... more

June 29, 2017

Ever tried adding fresh mint to your ice cream? It’s so easy and beyond compare!  At this point in the summer we’ve got mint coming out of our, well everywhere, what do we do with it all? My ten-year-old daughter, Autumn, had her best friend over and it was a hot and humid, lazy afternoon. They had a hankering for ice cream but the freezer turned up empty. They decided that they wanted to make their own but couldn’t decide on a flavor. Earlier in the spring I opted to pot-bound our mint and... more


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