Recipes

A Sweet & Tart Evening Smoothie With Cherries

Who could have predicted that tart cherries would become a popular remedy for sleeplessness and anxiety in America? Last month, Bloomberg Business Week’s Productivity page focused on ways to sleep better in a column by Gayleen Schafer (1/14/17), Get Some Rest! Schafer’s suggestion to enjoy an evening smoothie caught our attention. Referencing Dr. Robert S. […]

12 Gingerbread Boys, Plus A Mom & A Dad, Inspired By Heirloom Recipe from Pleasant View Farm

Artist Laura Shore who specializes in artwork described as “painted produce from local farms” developed a friendly relationship with farmer Everett Rau of Pleasant View Farm in Altamont (Albany County) in upstate New York from her patronage of a farmers market near her home. Last year, after weekly visits with Everett Rau and his wife […]

Cranberry Pecan Muffins: Thanksgiving Breakfast Treat

I was recently greeting by the pleasing sight of organic Cape Cod cranberries for sale at the Honest Weight Food Co-op in my hometown of Albany, New York. Last autumn, the co-op’s Produce Department wasn’t able to get a supply of this seasonal fruit from Cape Cod (a popular vacation destination for people who live […]

Easy To Make 2 Ingredient Banana Blueberry “Ice-cream”

This hot weather treat is remarkably simple to prepare and packs a tasty, refreshing lift as a healthy, no sugar added, dairy-free dessert. Turning frozen bananas into a kind of ice-cream has become a bit of a summertime phenomenon, with the NY Times last month sharing its “outrageously easy,” one ingredient banana ice-cream recipe. With local, […]

Easy & Delicious Asparagus Recipes To Celebrate Spring

Although the winter of 2015-2016 lacked snow in the Hudson Valley of upstate New York, it was a long winter and spring has been slow in coming. Now with spring here and Albany’s 2016 Tulip Queen anointed, it’s time to be on the lookout for (local and organic) rhubarb and asparagus, in particular, but recent […]

Spring Treat: Cranberry Pecan Waffles With Seasonal Maple Syrup

When the sap begins to run and boiling kettles start producing sweet and savory maple syrup, my mind turns to waffles, hot off the iron, topped with maple syrup. I love the combination of sweet and sour, and maple syrup and tart cranberries are a perfect combo. This recipe for cranberry pecan waffles is a […]

Pumpkin & Kale (or Spinach) Lasagna

Francesca’s Pumpkin & Kale (or Spinach) Lasagna Francesca Zambello, the Artistic & General Director of The Glimmerglass Festival (in its 2016 season offering performances of Puccini’s La Boheme, Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie, Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd and Robert Ward’s Crucible, based on Arthur Miller’s dramatization of the Salem Witch Trials) in Cooperstown (Otsego County, NY) has shared […]

South Pond Farms’ Flavorful Celery Root & Leek Soup, Sweetened Subtly With A Pear

Celery Root & Leek Soup Danielle French, a creative chef and the owner of South Pond Farms in the Kawartha Lakes area of Ontario, about 75 minutes from Toronto, has shared a favorite soup recipe that eases the chill of autumn. With its deeply rich celery taste, this hearty and creamy soup has a pure vegetable […]

Delicious Delicata Squash Topped With Sautéed Local Pears in Cinnamon Butter in 30 Minutes

This summer’s CSA (community supported agriculture) share in the bounty of Roxbury Farm has surpassed earlier years.  And for the first time in the past five years, we have received Delicata squash, a cream-colored winter squash with green and orange stripes, from the farm in Kinderhook (Columbia County, NY) in our weekly shares on a couple […]

Five Minute Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal

The sweet and sour combination of strawberries and rhubarb is a seasonal treat.  Indulging in a slice of strawberry rhubarb pie is tempting, but much healthier and in many ways even better is turning the morning bowl of oatmeal into something special by cooking up a stalk of rhubarb with rolled oats and then adding […]

Holiday Side Dish of an Uncommon Root Vegetable from a CSA share: Colorful Roasted Watermelon Radishes

The opportunity to have a share in a CSA (community supported agriculture) family farm is one of the hopeful developments in American agriculture in the past couple of decades.  Although arguably nothing is better than growing your own food, a close second in our modern age is participating in a CSA farm.  In addition to […]

Baba Ghanoush (Roasted Eggplant Dip) With Kalamata Olives

The 2014 growing season in New York’s Hudson Valley has produced bountiful deliveries of biodynamic produce from Roxbury Farm, a CSA (community supported agriculture) farm in Kinderhook (Columbia County) which I have belonged to for the past four years.  Once a week from June to November, my across-the-street neighbors and I take turns picking up […]

Simple and Satisfying Bean Burgers

This year’s summery Memorial Day holiday in upstate New York signals the start of the season for picnics in the park.  A simple to make and satisfying bean burger is a treat not only for picnickers who are vegetarian or vegan.   This bean burger is so good that beef eaters might just be persuaded to […]

Creamy Yogurt Cheese Flavored With Lemony Parsley and Corn Muffins

Once a month, I purchase a log of Vermont Creamery’s [www.vermontcreamery.com/] fresh goat cheese (priced at a reasonable $7.25 for 10.5 ounces at the Honest Weight Food Co-op [www.hwfc.com]).   I enjoy spreading this tangy and creamy cheese on homemade bread or a slice of Berskhire Mountain Bakery’s [www.berkshiremountainbakery.com/] German-style grainy whole meal spelt bread […]

Cherry Coconut Meringue Kisses

With Valentine’s Day a few days away, these delicious meringue cookies are a sweetly tart treat, made with no oils or shortening, but with the very finest local eggs, whose whites are whipped, sweetened and flavored.  Michael Pollan [http://michaelpollan.com/] in The Omnivore’s Dilemma (The Penguin Press, New York, New York, 2006), praises the organic ideal […]

Baked Eggplant With Juliette Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

As part of a weekly CSA (community supported agriculture) share in the bio-dynamic bounty of Roxbury Farm [www.roxburyfarm.com/] in historic Kinderhook (Columbia County), New York, we were given the option of choosing either Italian eggplant or oblong Asian eggplant.  One of my favorite meals is traditional Italian eggplant parmigiana, so my choice was the more […]

Broccoli Rabe & Garlic Scapes with Wehani Rice, Topped with Fresh Goat Cheese

As part of a weekly CSA (community supported agriculture) share in the biodynamic bounty of Roxbury Farm [www.roxburyfarm.com/] in historic Kinderhook (Columbia County), New York, I was pleased to receive a bunch of broccoli rabe with the second delivery of produce for this 2011 growing season.  The Joy of Cooking [http://catalog.simonandschuster.com/] by Irma S. Rombauer, […]

Homemade and Easy-To-Make Hummus

Hummus served with sliced carrots, celery, and, of course, pita bread, for dipping is a healthy “fast-food” treat and perfect for a New Year’s Day party.  The simple goodness of hummus is a reminder that a “quick and easy snack” need not be a product of a fast-food system, with its highly processed, food-like substances, […]

Oats and Honey Bread

For nearly 40 years, I’ve baked homemade loaves of bread, and one of my favorite recipes comes from Beard on Bread (Alfred A. Knopf, New York, New York, 1973).  The title of this wonderful book always makes me smile:  James Beard was born to love bread, and with the transposition of one letter, his name […]

Baked Acorn Squash With Apples, Cinnamon and Raisins

It was a fairly lengthy debate on what type of turkey to purchase for this Thanksgiving holiday dinner.  My local food co-op, the Honest Weight Food Co-op in Albany, N.Y., www.hwfc.com, was offering two types of farm raised turkeys:  an organic turkey from Stone and Thistle Farm [www.stoneandthistlefarm.com] in East Meredith (Delaware County), New York […]

Ethiopian Teff & Asian Eggplant and Tomato Stew

It’s been a couple of years since I first noticed that my local food coop, the Honest Weight Food Coop in Albany, N.Y., www.hwfc.com, was stocking in the bulk foods department an unusual grain, native to Ethiopia where it is a staple food crop, called teff.   As an alternative to using rice or couscous, I […]

Russian Banana Fingerling Potatoes And Black-Eyed Peas

Russian Banana Fingerling Potatoes and Black-Eyed Peas- Perhaps potatoes and beans don’t go together as easily as a horse and carriage or more on point, rice and beans. Still, combining local and organic Russian banana fingerling potatoes with delicious and easy to cook black-eyed peas makes for a hearty meal.  Using “banana” to describe these […]

Red Lentils & Roma Tomato Stew

Red Lentils & Roma Tomato Stew Served on Whole Wheat Couscous & Topped With Vermont Feta Cheese- A friend with a community garden plot in the Chuck Shoudy memorial garden near Lincoln Park in Albany, New York,  which is one of 46 cooperative neighborhood gardens in Upstate New York’s Capital District, (www.cdcg.org/) has a bountiful, […]

Red Quinoa Pilaf With Sweet Cherries, Dried Apricots and Walnuts

Red Quinoa Pilaf With Sweet Cherries, Dried Apricots and Walnuts- Quinoa (keen-wa) has the highest protein content of all the grains (although technically it is not a true cereal or grain since it is not a member of the grass family). An important food for 6,000 years in South America’s Andes Mountains (called the “mother […]

Black Bean Soup with Red Spring Onions and Garlic Scapes

Black Bean Soup with Red Spring Onions and Garlic Scapes- With a beautiful crop of garlic scapes from my home garden and red spring onions available at the Troy Farmers Market, www.troymarket.org, which is near my home in Albany, N.Y., as well as a big jar full of organic black beans, grown near Ithaca in […]

Three Grain Cinnamon/Currant English Muffins Hot Off The Griddle

Three Grain Cinnamon/Currant English Muffins Hot Off The Griddle- For years, I settled for store-bought English Muffins until I decided the ingredients were not to my liking. Time to learn how to make English Muffins at home, with honey instead of sugar, a quality oil or local butter, and organic whole grains. The secret is […]

Email *
small farmers ad
News, Reviews & Recipes