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…

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…

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 Fritters

Would you believe me if I said that my family has eaten 5 butternut squashes so far this season? First there was butternut squash soup, then there was butternut squash and quinoa stuffed portobello mushrooms. Now for number 6, we’ve got butternut squash fritters with sage and feta. Eating seasonal means that in the winter…

Salmon En Papillote

Is anyone else in a food slump? You know, that feeling of unfullfilment after the holidays when your taste buds are still reeling from copious amounts of decadent dinners? Plus, it’s too cold and you’re too tired to make a creative dinner? I’m there. I decided to make salmon en papillote, which is French for “in…

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…

Tag the Impact

I realize about 10 seconds too late that I’ve walked into the back entrance of Clover Food Lab in Cambridge. It’s packed with people eagerly awaiting their food, and snippets of conversations hit me in waves as I wade through the crowd. I spy one open stool at a wooden table running along the side…