We are in the glory days of the farmers market and, wisely timed, National Farmers Market Week is here. The entire month of August is worth celebrating with summer’s best produce reaching its peak. Tomatoes are in full force. They never taste as sweet and bursting with juice as they do right now. It’s the season for gazpacho….
There are a few meals I make where there are no comments or opinions, just blissful silence marred only by the methodical clicking of the spoon against the bowl. Orange Cocoa Beef Stew is one of these meals for us and although it takes time to simmer, your time during preparation is minimal….
In Praise of the Braise
Slow Cooker Garlic Chicken is so easy to make I feel a little uncomfortable calling this a recipe. If you can brown meat and plop it into a slow cooker (and you can), then this dish is for you. It is for everyone.
Red, Green and Orange Salad to Fight the Winter Blues
This Kale, Carrot and Beet Salad may feature the colors of the holiday season but it guides me into the new year. Redemption for overindulgence is in the form of a hearty winter salad, offering health and therefore hope for 2015. While I easily surrender to the sluggishness caused by gloomy winter days, even I can’t deny the lift bright colors inspire….
Piles of bright shiny apples in different shades and varieties tempt us each week at the farmer’s market and we always fill our baskets with more than we can ever eat alone. This fall, I find myself searching for ways to add apples to meals other than dessert. Tonight we enjoy apples for dinner….
The days now start with a foggy chill but by afternoon they eventually acquiesce to the sun’s heat. We straddle two seasons in September but in October the brisk air is like a slap in the face. It’s clearly fall. The chill is enough to start the coloration of leaves outside our window.
I am well known in my family as having a black thumb. Nothing green is safe within my purview. Nevertheless, in the past I have successfully managed a small vegetable garden. One of my more satisfying crops was the arrival of yellow squash and zucchini. I would be amazed at my success, which yielded seemingly bushels of squash.
Truth be told though, squash is almost always a success story in the garden.
This summer, our family enjoyed a blissfully long vacation abroad filled with adventures, history, breathtaking scenery and, best of all, the company of good friends. Now that school is already underway, it’s hard to believe we were ever away at all. Thankfully, photos help bring the memories back into focus….
It seems like just yesterday (because it was) that we were outside in our short sleeves and white pants embracing the heat of a warm spring day. Then, just to remind us it is still early spring, Mother Nature pulls a fast one. The rain pours in a steady stream and the cold air demands that I dig out the sweaters at least for a few more days.
However, there is something to be said about a day that demands you stay in and hunker down. Unlike winter, a spring cold snap promises sunny days to follow. I find myself wanting to pull my own fast one. With this Asian Minced Chicken with Homemade Pickles, I’ve quickly put together a dinner that sounds like it should take hours to prepare, if not weeks, but we pull it together and sit down to eat within an hour….
As a young person in Manhattan, my view of the outdoors consisted of a concrete courtyard, yielding little sign of the changing seasons. My only marker of spring’s approach was the appearance of sprightly thin spears of asparagus at the corner Italian vegetable market….