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…

Tips for Eating Healthy and Supporting Local This Summer

It’s open-air market season! Next Sunday begins the outdoor farmers market in Natick, MA, and soon other open-air markets will be popping up around the state. There are so many positive aspects to the buy-local trend. As a registered dietitian, I hear a lot of people talk about eating fresh and supporting local farms, but they…

Which came first?

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? It is an age old, seemingly unanswerable question. But for me, the origins of my interest in cooking started with the egg. When I was young, I can remember my mother cracking an egg into the pan while I stood nearby holding the spatula. “Listen for the…

The Local Mix at Area Four

I first heard about Area Four while attending a #BostonTalks Happy Hour at WBGH last month. They make a fantastic pizza using twelve-year-old starter dough, fermented for over 30 hours, and handcrafted in their scratch kitchen. When I heard that A4 sources most of their ingredients locally, I immediately set a date to visit their…

Cleaning our Plates

On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln established the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Today, people associate nutritional standards and food safety regulations with the USDA, but the department also created the first federal food stamp program at the end of the Great Depression. Food was scarce during the Great Depression, and even before that,…

Choose Local, Eat Clean

Buying local is important to me for several reasons. I love supporting small businesses: both of my parents are small business owners, and I understand how important it is for the local economy. I like knowing that my food was grown organically, and I like knowing where my food comes from. If you ask the…

Goodbye Blue Apron, Hello Farmers Markets

For over a year, my husband and I have subscribed to Blue Apron, the biggest name in delivery meal kits. I loved that the meals from Blue Apron included so many fresh, healthy ingredients, like kale and rainbow chard, and I loved that the box delivered to my house saved me a trip to the…