Scratch-Made Sloppy Joes

If you’re a parent of certain aged kids, you know the drill: From school to swim practice for one kid, a swing by the ballet studio for another and a stop at the track to fetch a third. All this in the crucial 5 to 6 o’clock hour when it would be helpful to actuallyContinue reading “Scratch-Made Sloppy Joes”

Irish Soda Bread

My husband’s father is Irish-American and his mother is Italian-American, which means my husband grew up with an appreciation of both cultures, but a table topped with Italian dishes. So when our family began our own holiday traditions, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day was among them. But there was no cherished Irish Soda Bread recipe to beContinue reading “Irish Soda Bread”

Perfect Pumpkin Pancakes

I roast and purée and then freeze a handful of farmers market pumpkins every year. I love having the big, beautiful white and golden and green squash around to decorate with in the fall and then, once we’ve moved on to evergreens and holly, it’s time to really enjoy these gifts from the ground. TheyContinue reading “Perfect Pumpkin Pancakes”

Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread

I have exactly one cookbook that I absolutely, positively could not live without. It’s Mollie Katzen’s Moosewood Cookbook. I love it because it’s plant-based and it uses herbs and spices in a way that make my vegetables sing. I’m sure there are other cookbooks that could make similar claims, but Moosewood landed in my hands when IContinue reading “Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread”

Roasted Figs with Honey and Cheese

I have eaten and enjoyed fresh figs but never cooked with them. When I happened upon some local figs, I got busy researching. Here’s my takeaway: You want your figs to be really, really ripe. If you’ve never tried them, think grapes. You eat the skin and all, and they have something of a sweet-but-muskyContinue reading “Roasted Figs with Honey and Cheese”

Flavors of Fall

          As I’ve been preparing to teach my class on cooking fall fruits and vegetables at the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op this weekend, I can’t help but contemplate: What is it about fall’s flavors that make us swoon so? Is it the brief time they’re in the spotlight? The nostalgia that comes withContinue reading “Flavors of Fall”

Asian Rice Noodle Salad

This is the salad that I’m always ogling when I head to potlucks. But I’ve never tried making it on my own for fear that I couldn’t pull off a real food version that would satisfy. Thankfully, Lisa Leake, author of the 100 Days of Real Food blog and cookbook, has crafted one for me. ThisContinue reading “Asian Rice Noodle Salad”

Honey Oatmeal Ricotta Muffins

So, I’ve been on this honey kick lately, appreciating the myriad varieties of local honey and stirring up recipes using honey in the most interesting of ways. Last week, I posted how-tos for Touch of Honey Granola, Honey-Curry Chicken Breasts and Corn Fritters with Honey Bacon Drizzle. I’ve got one more honey recipe to share with you until IContinue reading “Honey Oatmeal Ricotta Muffins”

A Hankering for Honey

Right around mid September in these parts the heat of the summer winds down, and for those who keep bees, it’s the perfect time to gather that golden elixir they’ve been nurturing for months. So the beekeepers haul out their equipment and prepare for a sticky weekend of cutting open portions of their hives — not too much, mindContinue reading “A Hankering for Honey”

Honey-Curry Chicken Breasts

Honey is a wonderful addition to sauces and glazes especially for pork and chicken. This sweet and spicy marinade will light up your taste buds — and make your house smell divine. Serve with a scoop of wild rice. Recipe adapted from Taste of Honey by Marie Simmons. Serves 4 Ingredients  3⁄4 cup honey (tryContinue reading “Honey-Curry Chicken Breasts”