Laying Hens and Herbal Teas

I am working at a farm this summer and fall! This is something I’ve been wanting to do for going on 10 years now, ever since I travelled down the west coast on a bike tour meeting farmers and other people who care about agriculture. Yep, so finally it’s happening. I just finished my first…

Rhubarb Curd Tart with a Buckwheat Almond Crust (Gluten-Free)

Did you know that Buckwheat is related to Rhubarb?  I know!  Weird right?  I was so excited by this fact when I learned it, that I decided to make a rhubarb tart with a buckwheat crust.  Then I had to wait until rhubarb season returned.  Now the rhubarb is back and this tart is everything…

Watercress and Buttermilk Vichyssoise

I am rediscovering my love of watercress.  It was my favourite green vegetable in my college years.  Every week I would make one of my three watercress dishes. 1. Pasta with watercress arugola and goat cheese 2. Tomato soup with watercress 3. Watercress and arugula salad with sun dried tomatoes and marinated artichoke hearts.  I…

Fried Lima Beans with Feta, Sorrel, Sumac and Lemon

This recipe combines beans that originated in Peru with cooking techniques and spices from the Middle East AND the little green things that are starting to come out of the ground at this moment in New York State.  It used up a few delicious green spring herbs (ramps and sorrel) that I had enthusiastically purchased…

A Cooling Salad with Radish, Fennel, Celery and Hazelnuts

I started eating this salad a few months ago and I have not been able to stop.   It is a terrific spring time salad because it uses all the  brave and tough little vegetable that you can find at the end of winter.  I have continued to enjoy it as a summer salad also,…

Green Fritters with Herb Sauce

Hey, there may be a pause before our next post.  My sister and I are traveling to Estonia for a month to do folklore research and generally reconnect with our roots.  It might take us a minute or two to recover from travel and suss out exactly what is actually included in the “kitchenette” of…

Slacker’s Caramelized Rhubarb Clafouti (gluten-free or not)

I know that the strawberries are finally in season and I should be moving on from the rhubarb.  I know that this is my third rhubarb post this month.  I know. The truth is that I have a hard time making it to the greenmarket early enough to get the strawberries.  By the time I…

The Simplest and Most Decadent Strawberry Dessert

I used to obsessively throw large dinner parties.  They were more like indoor picnics since there were usually about 17 guests and a definitely did not own a table large enough to seat everyone.  We would spread a big cloth on the living room floor and set it with candles and my grandmother’s china.  My…