Roasted Chicken with Beet Greens, Corn and Cherry Tomatoes

Have you ever eaten beet greens? Most people only eat the bottoms, the purple and golden yellow taproot that grows in the ground. But the green leaves and purple stalks on the top can be eaten too, and they are crisp and taste like spinach. Like other dark leafy greens, they are high in protein,…

Making Pesto at the Market Test KITCHEN

The word “pesto” comes from an Italian word meaning “to pound, to crush.” This refers to the method of making pesto from crushed basil leaves and crushed garlic cloves. Last Friday in The KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market, Stillman’s Farm set up a test kitchen to try out three different kinds of pesto. Some…

Farmers Market Series Part One: Needham

All during open-air market season, I’ll be visiting different farmers markets in Boston and Metro West (where I live), and reporting back about the vendors, produce, and goods for sale. First up- Needham Farmers Market. Last Sunday was opening day for the Needham Farmers Market, and I’ve visited twice. The first thing that you need…

Asparagus Scallion Risotto

I’m all about keeping meals simple this spring: last week it was simple grilled haddock with rhubarb tomato salsa, and the week before it was over-easy egg sandwiches with spring greens. Making risotto this week was a time commitment, so it’s best to keep the ingredients simple. Asparagus and scallions, two stars of the spring…

Grilled Haddock with Rhubarb Tomato Salsa

Rhubarb and zucchini are in season! Pleasantly surprised at the Natick Farmers Market yesterday, I bought some of each, and then I sat for 20 minutes trying to think of how to use them both. Rhubarb is usually used in sweet dishes, but it has a nice, naturally tart flavor. I really wanted to spend the…

Open-faced Egg Sandwich with Spring Greens

Spring is finally here! This past weekend, temperatures were in the 70s in Boston. Lawns are looking green and flowers are blooming all over the place. After months of heavy hashes and root vegetables, I wanted to make a light, spring brunch to eat outside in the great weather. These open-faced sandwiches are simple and…

The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook: a Q&A with the author

New England-native Tracey Medeiros recently published The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook, the pages of which are filled with recipes using seasonal produce and locally sourced goods. The Clean Food Club interviewed Tracey about her new book and her passion for the New England food system, and we talked about her love of Vermont maple syrup, the admiration she…

Parsnip Potato Scallion Pancakes

Scallions, sometimes called green onions or spring onions, are little onions that haven’t finished growing into large, mature onion bulbs. Scallions are milder in taste than fully grown onions, and they’re just now being harvested. Parsnips, however, are at their end for the year. They grow in late summer/early fall, and many farms overwinter them. While…