Curried Peanut Stew, topped and ready for the lunchbox. February 23

A Stew So Nice I Made It Twice . . .

. . . just so I could eat it once. A recent all-night (and all-the-next-day) bout with a hidden crustacean left me, um, shell-shocked. I’ve been so careful these past few years. But with too many plates—and probably too many glasses—on the six-top that night, I didn’t ask our server all the questions I should have. I […]

How is it that these three winter roots taste like summer? February 08

Sunny & Crisp Triple-Root Salad

Fresh and bright in a way that makes you ask the Polar Vortex how many days until pitchers and catchers report, here’s a crisp and crunchy three-root salad that’s somewhere between a slaw and a remoulade. Triple-Root Salad Really, any roots will do. I loved this combination of celery root, beets, and carrots from last week’s sharebox, […]

Least loved? Most feared? I don't get it. Kohlrabi is lovely on the inside. January 28

Swap-Box Hero: SpanaKohlpita

Judging by end-of-day swap-box contents, kohlrabi—especially the giant Kossaks we see in the colder months—is in the running for our site’s least-loved (most-feared?) CSA item. Even in high July, after zucchini fatigue has set in, we rarely see a uniform swap box at closing time. But last Tuesday, after all the first-week Winter Season shares had […]

Lots of green and gold, coincident with another Packer victory. Nice, aina hey? January 12

August in January: Corn & Poblano Chicken Stew

Blanched-bright sweet corn. Deep green poblanos. Sungold tomatoes. Back in late August, I’d tucked vacuum packets of all these bits of summer into our freezer. I had no set plans for them, really, beyond having a bank of reserved sunshine to call on some bitter winter day. Yesterday wasn’t really all that bitter—sunny and 30s, actually, […]

It actually is easy eating green. December 14

Kale and Hearty

It’s easy to take potatoes for granted. But fresh, local spuds are a marvel, with a nutty flavor and creamy texture that can’t be matched out of the mesh sacks shipped halfway across the country. In fact, next to eggs (okay, and maybe sweet, late-season carrots), they’re my favorite CSA staple, and when my stash is […]

Loaded with fall. November 12

How much Fall can you squeeze into a cake?

Yes, of course I realize baseball season’s behind us by several weeks now—unless you’re in Philadelphia or Chicago, in which case you abandoned hope in, oh, late July. Nevertheless, my resistance to fall flavors (and to puns) is equally futile. This supermoist and only lightly sweet ring cake is so packed with pumpkin, apples, cranberries, nuts, ginger, cinnamon, and […]

Poblanos, serranos, jalapeños, Cubanelles, bananas, sweet habañeros, bells, and a few mystery peppers. October 30

Scary-Good Hot Sauce

Bubble, bubble, a little toil, not much trouble. In mid-September, I chunked up a whole mess of hot, super-hot, and mild peppers, stuffed them into a couple jars, added salt water, and let them burble away on my kitchen counter. Fermentation, kickstarted by the the ambient yeasts and mild fall temps in my kitchen, worked its black […]

These beautifully russeted Melrose apples are my favorites for out-of-hand eating. October 20

Awesome Sauce

Road trip! Fall road trip! Last Sunday’s drive up to Bucks County was a week or two before peak leaf-peeping—but was smack on for peak apple-picking (thank you, Solebury Orchards). I think Sheila and I have each had an apple a day since then, plus I made a pie Monday morning before work. But still, with […]

Save your palate! Be sure to let these cool off for 15 minutes or so before you serve. October 15

Scalloped Neeps & Tatties

Last week’s sharebox was red-bundle heavy, with big bunches of both globe radishes and scarlet turnips. The rads were beauties—perfect for slicing and snacking. The turnips probably would’ve been fantastic raw, too, but with cooler weather looming and foot surgery imminent, I was in the mood for comfort food. So, yeah, I turned a humble, low-cal, […]

Only a little sugar, only one egg, no butter (except for the griddle). Go ahead, have another stack. October 14

Down the Rabbit Hole: Carrot-Cake Pancakes

A crisperful of carrots recently sent me looking for this post from last March, but I guess I must’ve inadvertently deleted the original somehow when I was doing some bloghousekeeping. This was one of my favorite finds of 2014, though, so there was no way I was going to let it just float off into the ether.  […]


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