Category Archives: Cooking

The Ides of March

My southern husband is not a fan of snow, sleet, freezing rain or wind. Unfortunately, it is winter here. He keeps our home at a temperature similar to a balmy day in the Bahamas. As we awaited a recent blizzard, I hoped to avoid waking up with … Continue reading

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Blueberry Muffins

It’s almost apple picking time, but our local summer fruits are in their glory. Before they disappear, please whip up a batch of these muffins, using the freshest, plumpest, tastiest fruit you can find.   My favorite recipe comes from a cookbook … Continue reading

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Sam’s Carrot Souffle’

I have dreamed of going to Blackberry Farm in Tennessee for years. The pastoral setting and farm-to-table sensibility encapsulate a life I aspire to…family, friends, a country home, lots of animals, a huge vegetable garden, acres of woods and meadows, and a chef! Not … Continue reading

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Peaches

Temperatures here in the northeast ricocheted all over the map last winter. It felt like Spring had come to stay in February, when we celebrated balmy weather, but then we were slammed with Arctic cold. The peach trees that live here in their northern limits, were coaxed into … Continue reading

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Tomato Maximus

We’re in the middle of a tomato glut. I’m doing my best to keep up, eating them morning, noon and night.  Today I had a choice: set up a farm stand on our street, or start cooking.     Recently, The … Continue reading

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Mozzarella Man

Hooray, our own tomatoes, drenched in flavor from the summer sun, are ripening on the vine! I drove to Citarella, a new market in town, in search of the softball-size, shrink-wrapped mozzarella, sure to be stacked next to a mountain of tomatoes and bouquets of … Continue reading

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Diet

Shortly before Christmas, I stumbled upon a book championing vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans as the cornerstone of a healthy, disease-preventing diet. This isn’t exactly breaking news…my Mama told me long ago…but with all the prepared foods we ingest because of … Continue reading

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Cooking for Love

I have been up since the wee hours, cooking JJ comfort food in preparation for a couple lousy days on the sofa, post surgery. Soup is my elixir for healing and comfort – something we all need quite a lot … Continue reading

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The Ranch at Rock Creek

It is the tail end of the season here on the ranch in western Montana. The aspens are lighting up the prairie with a golden glow. The nights are cold, daylight is diminishing daily, but the sun burns intensely during the … Continue reading

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Ginger

As part of an annual family reunion, I recently traveled with my siblings to Yosemite National Park, using a tour group called Backroads. They guided us to the top of many of its glorious mountains. We drove to different areas in the park … Continue reading

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