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…

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…