Cooking Blogs

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

June 13, 2017

Lavender is more than just a pretty plant. This fragrant perennial has been revered throughout the ages for its ability to breathe a sense of clarity and calm into every cupboard, room or beauty product in which it dwells. It has long been used as a remedy for a range of ailments from insomnia and anxiety to depression and fatigue.   Lavender, Lavandula, of which there are several known species, is a shrub-like herb that can be found in gardens countrywide where it is adored for its lovely... more

June 7, 2017

Here is an easy berry jam recipe with just two ingredients, so you can learn how to make jam in no time! Importantly, this simple jam has that naturally delicious, flavor-packed taste that all jam lovers crave. Making Jam, Jelly, and Preserves For this home-style recipe, you simply need equal parts of berries and sugar. Skip the fruit pectin. Though it helps jam jell, it can also dilute the natural flavor of the fruit. You may need to cook the fruit a bit longer, but it’s worth that old-... more


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