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,…

Kabocha (Sunshine) Squash Risotto

At the last CSA pickup for Stearns Farm, we received a kabocha squash. It’s orange just like a sugar pumpkin, but it’s much smaller. The sign said to roast with butter and sugar, but weeks went by and it just sat on my counter. One day my brother told me that he had made a…

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…

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…

Homemade Tomato Sauce, Freezing Tomatoes, and Freezing Tomato Sauce

Over the summer, I was getting several pounds of tomatoes every week for a couple of  months. I love tomatoes, but there are only so many that my family can eat. I froze two, one-gallon freezer bags full of them, dated the bags, and tucked them into my freezer. Freezing tomatoes is very easy. All you…

Butternut Squash and Quinoa Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

A couple of months ago I was hired by FreshBox Farms to create recipes for them using produce from their farm. They grow kale, spinach, chard, arugula and other leafy greens with no GMO’s or pesticides on a super clean, hydroponic farm that is only 30 minutes outside Boston. This month I created a recipe that…

Turnip and Potato Mash with Sage Butter

Thanksgiving has the most food traditions of any American holiday. If I asked anyone off the street what they’re planning to cook for the big day, they’d say their Grandmother’s stuffing or their sister-in-law’s green bean casserole. Some swear by their mother’s cranberry sauce while others by the jellied kind from the can (I shamelessly…

Roast, Simmer, Purée

You guessed it: this post is about making soup. It’s about the great endeavor called making soup. I received another butternut squash in my Stearns Farm CSA, and so I vowed to make soup for the first time ever. After pouring over lots of recipes, I was dismayed to find that making soup was generally a three step process….

Fall Vegetables Tempura

Last week I received a delicata squash in my Stearns Farm CSA share, and this week I received a butternut squash. That’s just too many squashes to have sitting around, so I decided to tempura the delicata. You can drop just about anything in batter and pan fry it, and I love to tempura my vegetables….

Stuffed Bell Peppers

There’s one more week left in the outdoor Natick Farmers Market, but already more than half of the vendors have moved inside. Today was cold and windy, just like the week that came before it. The vendors are still selling all the fall veggies, and it’s amazing to see kohlrabi, cabbage and kale, that first appeared in the spring, come…

Great grilling for the long weekend

Labor Day weekend is the last weekend that can feel like summer, and I like to spend as much of it outdoors as possible. There are several beaches within an hour of my house, and my dog loves to hike the many trails outside of Boston, so we keep busy. The cool breeze that’s been blowing…

Strawberry Ice Cream (and other summertime recipes)

Summer is my favorite season. I love just about everything that grows in this season, flowers and food alike. For the last couple of months, Stearns Farm CSA includes fresh flowers every week, so I’ve been cutting 25 blooms every other week to take home. They’re included in my share so I don’t have to…