Category Archives: Recipe

Cooking Up A Hurricane – Mozzarella (Part 2)

As a cook (and human being) I am much more comfortable in the zone where I am critiquing past performance and looking for areas for improvement over standing on the precipice of something I have never tried.  To that end, … Continue reading

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Collards – From Garden to Table

This year I grew the heirloom collards called Georgia Southern Creole, a pre-1880 southern variety that has done quite well overall. Growing organically means that some of the leaves were ventilated by a mid-summer cross-striped cabbage worm invasion (treated with … Continue reading

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Fall Harvest Asparagus

This post comes after more than a year of researching every way I can think of and completely failing to find anything related to the matter at hand.  The matter at hand is the second growth of asparagus spears in … Continue reading

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Better With Basil – Pasta Maker

Late blight is wrecking havoc on North Carolina tomatoes this year, particularly the heirloom varieties.  Last year I was pulling down green tomatoes in late November and this year they were pretty much done by late August.  C’est la vie. … Continue reading

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(Nearly) Nose to Tail Cooking

Chef John from Food Wishes (on YouTube and BlogSpot) has become a permanent presence on my laptop and in my kitchen over the past 6 months.   In addition to being an award winning chef, he is a gifted educator and … Continue reading

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22+ Reasons to Love Stone Barns Center

There are many more reasons to love the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture than the 22 that inspired this post, so after you have finished reading here, click on over to their site and see what the + … Continue reading

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Flavor Bases From Around The World In Less Than 2 Minutes!

Posted in Carrots, Celery, Food Preparation, Garlic, Ginger, Green Onions, Onion, Peppers, Pro Tip, Recipe, Red Peppers, Resources, Scallions, Tomatoes | Leave a comment

Fired Up For Summer

I know it’s a bit early to be thinking about summer and fresh from the garden salsa, but the recipe below for Fire-Roasted (Cherry) Tomato Salsa from the very entertaining Chef John Mitzewich (Food Wishes) sent me back to my … Continue reading

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This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Pressure Cooker

A couple of weeks ago I was interested in understanding how pressure cookers work and I ran across this aptly titled video by America’s Test Kitchen “Why Chefs Love Pressure Cookers”. I was intrigued with the chefs describing how pressure … Continue reading

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To Buy or Not To Buy, That is the Question (Dal Fry)

Each year between September and January the question of “what to grow” must be asked and answered by growers everywhere.  This is the time of year when seeds are carefully saved, seed catalogs are perused and garden plans begin to … Continue reading

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Variations On A Theme – Potato Leek Soup

My favorite recipes are the ones that resemble a good canvas – a delicious backdrop that can be accentuated and modified by what is in season and/or on hand.  Having just finished a post about an overabundance of serrano peppers, … Continue reading

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Making Hay While The Sun Shines – Part 3

The wonderful thing about being taken under the wing of a traditional southern food mentor is that in addition to the lesson at hand, there are other tantalizing tidbits sprinkled throughout the lessons like breadcrumbs, just waiting for me to … Continue reading

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Vinegared Cucumbers

As my Marketmore and Chinese Yellow cucumbers swing into full production I have been looking for a recipe that I recall from childhood.  I have heard them called refrigerator pickles, cucumber salad, marinated cucumbers and vinegared cucumbers, though there are … Continue reading

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Making Hay While The Sun Shines – Part 1

After three weeks of much longer than normal hours during the week and attending conferences on the weekends in service to my day job, I had a two whole days at home with my garden this weekend.  I found it … Continue reading

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Canning – Green Beans

I received a wonderful offer today from a dear friend and colleague.  A hands-on canning lesson with fresh Blue Lake bush beans from her husband’s garden.  The photo below captures about half of his very productive garden.  He is growing … Continue reading

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