Panzanella Salad with Fresh Summer Tomatoes and Basil

It’s tomato season! And it’s garlic season. And basil, and, well, everything good basically. Panzanella salad is the ultimate way to combine the best summer ingredients. Panzanella, or panmolle, is a salad originating from Tuscany that has a base of bread and tomatoes. Other cultures have a similar salad, like the Mediterranean dish fattoush, that build a base from…

Creamy Spinach Polenta with Roasted Summer Produce and a Fried Egg

I’ve professionally cooked in a variety of restaurants: a small cafe serving breakfast and lunch made from locally sourced ingredients, a yoga retreat center with an all-vegetarian menu using ingredients grown right outside of the kitchen, a high-end restaurant and a number of private catering events. I share this information not to boast or intimidate, but to share the…

Spinach, Strawberry and Feta Salad with Homemade Honey Garlic Dressing

Stepping into the center of a new farmers market for the first time can feel overwhelming. Depending on the number of vendors and the layout, it can resemble an intermediate-level maze. Between the crowds, unpleasant weather and lack of maps or signage, knowing where to start and what to buy can seem daunting.  Approaching the…

Grilled Bok Choy, Teriyaki Chicken and Fried Rice

Whenever I get bok choy in my CSA share, I immediately think of making Chinese food. I tried grilling the bok choy this time (I usually sauté the leaves), and it was so good. This week was the first pickup of the Stearns Farm CSA, and we received two heads of bok choy, one bunch each…

Salmon Nicoise Salad

I finally filled my basket this late spring season with leafy greens and colorful carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and radishes (not pictured, because I ate them immediately). All of the recent cold weather made me think that we were skipping spring and going straight into summer, but not to worry. It’s all growing now! While I did…

Sunday Brunch with Salmon Skewers and a Spinach Frittata

Some weekends beg for a big Sunday brunch, especially those weekends when the weather is perfect and stays in the 70s all morning. Today I’m cooking up a spinach frittata and sage home fries, and my husband is manning the grill where we’re making salmon kebabs. Scallions were a new addition to Oakdale Farms’ table at the farmers…

Baked Salmon over Orange Maple Beets and Carrots with Quinoa

Oakdale Farms in Rehoboth, MA, grows produce all year round. They have cold frames and indoor gardens through the winter, so the beets and carrots that I bought yesterday at the Natick Farmers Market were just picked. Cold frames are covered structures that use solar energy and insulation to create a warm environment for plants. They are…

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, A Soft Boiled Egg, and Sautéed Spinach

Eating healthy after a long day of work is so important, yet most people don’t do it. They’ll grab whatever’s on hand because it’s quick and easy, so it’s important to have healthy options made ahead of time.  I like this dish because if you break up the steps, it’s pretty simple. It’s also packed…

Acorn Squash and Spinach Salad

A couple of weeks ago my husband and I visited the Natick Community Organic Farm for Maple Magic Day. On a cold and windy day, we huddled up with other kids and adults eager to visit the farm to see how maple sap is collected and cooked down to make syrup. Even though in the weeks…