Composition of a perfect Thanksgiving salad

Thanks to vaccines and boosters we are resuming our longstanding tradition of traveling to Chicago to be with my family for Thanksgiving this week. For the past several years we’ve gathered at my dad and stepmom’s home where our blended family each gets assigned a dish to be responsible for. Surprising to none, I’ve been…

The case for homemade granola

I admittedly have a weakness for granola. Maybe it’s the combination of savory and sweet, or that it feels like I’m making a “healthyish” choice for breakfast but I find it incredibly addictive and absolutely delicious! After years of trying different brands there is not one that I’ve found that I like more than my…

Simple Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash soup is one of my all-time favorites especially this time of year. I love how healthy yet filling this soup is, served with bread its the perfect fall lunch or accompaniment to dinner. I’ve toggled between different recipes and have finally landed on one that I keep coming back to because of its…

Tis’ the season for baking with apples!

Fall is definitely in the air as temperatures are starting to drop up in Bedford and we’re just starting to see hints of leaves changing colors. Farmers markets are filled with all varieties of apples yet my favorite still remains a classic honey crisp. With the kids back in school I’ve been in the mood…

Even a “failed” garden can produce a delicious meal

When we bought our place in Bedford, one of the things I was most excited for was having a real vegetable garden. We were lucky, I inherited a space that had raised beds already built into an enclosed space, protected from critters in a sunny patch of lawn. I approached the spring with lots of…

Summer Gazpacho

Gazpacho is one of those dishes that I often order in restaurants throughout the summer but rarely make myself at home. A recent NY Times Cooking article titled,”Best Gazpacho” inspired me to try my hand at it at home using as many vegetables out of my CSA as I could. The Times ran a beautiful…

Skillet Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Next my series “What to Cook with my CSA” is a delicious chocolate chip zucchini bread made in a skillet. It’s the perfect way to use up vegetables in your fridge and makes a perfect dessert, snack or breakfast. Try spreading a slice with peanut butter while it’s still warm out of the oven. The…

“What to Cook with my CSA” Series

It’s Thursday which in the summer means pick up from my local CSA at John Boy’s Outpost in Bedford. I look forward to my haul of the season’s freshest fruit, veggies and eggs each week but also get a bit overwhelmed as I unpack my bag realizing I now have six zucchinis to use up….