Cooking With The Old Farmer's Almanac


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Here at the Almanac, we love to cook, bake, grill, roast, and eat! We show you how to make some delicious recipes.

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 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

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

May 21, 2017

Switchel or Haymaker’s Punch is a refreshing drink made from apple cider vinegar. It was how colonial farmers quenched their thirst out in the hot, sunbaked fields—which is enough of an endorsement for me! This drink is also called Haymaker’s Punch because it was often drunk while haying—which is hard work.  What is Switchel? Switchel has a long history as a traditional drink with Colonial Americans. (See History of Switchel.) It’s easy to make with just a few ingredients—apple cider vinegar,... more

February 5, 2017

Cook with edible flowers to add color and a hint of flavor to soups, chicken, and salad dishes.  Also, they are easy to grow yourself; just seed in pots in early spring. Flowers also add an easy touch of elegance to dishes, so for your next dinner party, try adding a few petals of a brightly colored edible flower like calendula. Edible flowers were especially popular in the Victorian era and growing in Victorian parlor gardens.  They seem to be making a comeback though The Old Farmer’s Almanac... more

December 30, 2016

With this Thai Chicken With Linguine recipe from The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the dinner “rush hour” turns into family time. It’s easy to make, filling, healthy, and packed with flavor. Fortunately, I had most of the ingredients already in my pantry and fridge, and the rest was easy to get from a quick trip to the grocery store. The entire recipe took only about 20 minutes to make, which for a family on the go is ideal for a home-cooked meal that is, yes … healthy! Pasta Pointers I used some of... more



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