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…

Baked Apples Stuffed with Quinoa, Mushrooms, and Dried Cranberries

A couple of weeks ago I visited Fungi Ally, a local mushroom grower in Western Massachusetts, and I picked up about 3 lbs of assorted mushrooms. That probably sounds excessive, but let me explain. Over the last couple of years that I have been sourcing almost exclusively from farmers markets, I’ve noticed the lack of…

Sweet Potato and Beet Chips with Honey Garlic Goat Cheese Dip

These chips are fun to make, fun to eat, and fun to serve for a spring break treat or at a party. Because they’re bright orange and red, they’ll stand out on your table and look way more impressive then a bag of potato chips from the store. Impress your guests or let your kids…

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…

Asparagus and Potato Flatbread

Two months ago, I traveled up to Southwest Harbor, Maine to film a vendor to be featured in a new The Clean Food Club video (video drops in a couple weeks!). I had never visited that part of Maine before so I did some exploring. I stayed at the Aysgarth Station, which prepared a beautiful…

A Sweet Potato Quesadilla and Nola’s Salsa Fresca for Cinco de Mayo

“I just want to sit and learn with someone’s grandma,” says Sherie Grillon, chef and founder of Nola’s Fresh Foods, a salsa company based in Boston. “Culinary school never interested me.” Sherie grew up in a half Italian, all Southern family in New Orleans where she was always surrounded by food and family, cooking pasta…

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…

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…