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Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Cucumbers

Take advantage of Kirby cucumbers because they’re now in season.  Often, I would recommend making pickles with these cucumbers, but canning in the heat sounds a little tedious and uncomfortably hot.  Instead, this is a basic quick pickle that will last in your fridge for weeks. Sweet and Spicy Cucumbers Serves 6 6 Kirby cucumbers, […]

10 No-cook meals for hot summer days

Everyone is miserable in this heat.  Luckily, in NYC, we got a break this week and temperatures are (only) in the mid 80’s.  Last week, with temperatures in the high 90’s, many people were scrambling for easy and cool meals. Though the recipes below aren’t exact, experiment with the ingredients until you find a balanced […]

Foraging for Edible Flowers

Before I get into this, I want to highlight that I am not encouraging you to pick your neighbor’s tenderly cultivated flowers and eat them.  But, if you can stop to smell the wild roses, you could eat one too. There are a lot of edible flowers that add extra color and flavor to food. […]

Recipe: Cooling Cherry Granita with Mint

For those of you who may not be experiencing this, we’re in a heat wave for the next few days in NYC.  Heat wave means sticking no-cook recipes and enjoying cold foods that cool me down.  Fresh cherries are in season right now, and they’re a perfect treat to cool down with. ‘Granita’ is an […]

Seasonal Jam Recipe: Apple Pie Jam

Not exactly seasonal but last harvest’s apples are at farmers markets – they might not be as crisp as they were, so using them for a cooked recipe is a great way to use ‘em.  Apple pie jam is a sweet spread best served cold and a great way to enjoy the flavors of apple […]

Recipe: Homemade Almond Milk

Though I don’t have anything against cow’s milk, I don’t really enjoy drinking it.  The only time I’ll have milk is on cereal (and that happens about twice a year).  I’m not opposed to it; I eat cheese and yogurt, I just don’t like drinking milk.  And I know I’m not alone. However, I do […]

Recipe: Creamy Beet and Green Garlic Pasta

Beets are coming into season soon and green garlic is going out!  This recipe puts both to good use while the seasons overlap.  Using cream cheese instead of goat cheese helps cut the fat of the dish, while keeping it creamy and sweet.  This recipe is an easy meal to prepare when you have very […]

Seasonal Jam Series: Gingered Rhubarb

For general jammin’ information, check out this post about water bath canning or this general guide to home canning. *Remember: you can always make jam and eat it right away (no canning necessary)! Gingered Rhubarb Jam Makes about 1 quart 8 cups chopped rhubarb, chopped 8 cups halved strawberries (you can use frozen if you […]

Guide to Jammin’ and Cannin’

Jams, chutneys, preserves – whatever you want to call them, they’re basically the same thing: some combination of fruits and vegetables that are cooked into a thicker, gel-like substance and are great as spreads, glazes, and fillings.  However, there are definitely a few things you need to know before embarking on this endeavor for the […]

Recipe: Minty Fava and Asparagus Salad

This is a spring salad if ever there was one.  The only non-seasonal items in here are from items that don’t grow in this region (lemons, olives).  This spring green salad (emphasis on green) is light and refreshing but a little different than the standard.  It looks creamy but has a light, delicate flavor.  Some […]