Pulled Pork & Sweet Potato Pie

A couple weeks ago I was gifted some beautiful purple-fleshed sweet potatoes by my colleague who owns Roberts Roost Farm. After trying a few simply diced and steamed, I was amazed that their rich, deep, beautiful purple hue stayed so vibrant alongside their deliciously sweet flavor! I started dreaming about what I might be able…

Green Tomato Casserole

This casserole is incredibly decadent, with layers of crisp, tangy green tomatoes plus rich pimiento style cheese and cheesy breadcrumbs. A great dish to say farewell to fall and settle into winter — I promise you, this is delicious. 

Wild Herbal Mead

Any homebrewer or aspiring homebrewer can make mead, that honey elixir of the Nordic gods! Mead is a simple mix of honey and water, fermented into a wine-like drink.

October – November Garden Update

Tomorrow night I’m expecting our first big freeze (we haven’t even had a frost), and so yesterday I put in time to harvest the last of my vegetables and herbs. 

Applesauce Canning

This past Saturday I taught a Canning 101 and Applesauce Workshop in partnership with the Baltimore City Orchard Project. I have posted an applesauce canning recipe before but wanted to revisit the process with this post, including more extensive canning resources. Canning is a great tool for preserving bumper crops of apples, pears, tomatoes, and…

Hummus & Simple Comforts

I wanted to write a simple hummus recipe, the kind of comfort that is easy to come by. Homemade is better, forgiving, and perfect.

Garden Update: August-September

Harvest has finally come to my garden! In the middle of summer, I felt hot and tired from the work the plants required without giving much back. But, a turn of cooler weather has given the garden just enough relief to produce a glorious last flush of summer vegetables while giving some cooler weather plants…

Baltimore Buy Local Challenge: Saturday, July 29 & Sunday July 30

Weekend markets are the best opportunity to buy local produce, meat, and cheese directly from the best sources. This weekend, head to the markets for high summer produce shopping season. Almost everything imaginable is on offer!This week, try some summer favorites with seasonal vegetables, like Caponata with eggplant, Latkes with  zucchini and carrot, or Tabbouleh with greens and…

Summer Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is my favorite. It always has been. This cake featured fresh summer carrots – their sweetness inspired me to celebrate them in this cake. Summer has much to offer!

Baltimore Buy Local Challenge: Thursday, July 27

I didn’t give much thought to the source of restaurant food until I began working in food, even if only tangentially, a few years ago. While I have never worked in a restaurant, I learned at least that restaurants buy their ingredients – meats, vegetables, flour, butter, prepared foods, what have you – in different…