Chilled Beet, Cucumber and Tomato Soup

There’s nothing like a chilled soup full of fresh produce to energize you during the long, hot days of summer. With myriad chilled soup recipes available, it’s hard to choose just one. My approach to meal preparation generally begins with an assessment of what produce I have in my kitchen and in my garden, and…

Ratatouille Pasta Salad

Believed to originally hail from Provence, France, ratatouille is a classic meal that exquisitely displays the bounty of summer. With some recipes calling for only tomatoes and squash, and some insisting on the use of Herbes de Provence, the dish greatly varies depending on the source. Though generally considered a staple of rural Provençal cuisine,…

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…

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…

Salmon Nicoise Salad

I finally filled my basket this late spring season with leafy greens and colorful carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and radishes (not pictured, because I ate them immediately). All of the recent cold weather made me think that we were skipping spring and going straight into summer, but not to worry. It’s all growing now! While I did…

Growing a Kale Caesar Salad 

Spring has been slow to get growing; this time last year I was cooking with zucchini and tomatoes but they haven’t popped up yet this season. Instead of tables full of veggies, produce vendors at the farmers market had tables full of seedlings, and lots of asparagus. I’ve spent the past year shopping without a…

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…

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…

Seeds

This time of year kids are starting seedlings in egg cartons and farmers are planning out their harvests. It used to be that all farmers saved seeds, but now most people buy seeds from seed catalogues. To the home gardener, a seed catalogue was probably how you started your garden unless you had family who farmed…