Garlic Scape Pesto with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Garlic Scape Pesto with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Garlic Scapes.  Who knew they even existed?  They are not the kind of thing you generally see on a grocery store shelf and people very rarely know what they are unless they garden or belong to a CSA.  I will be completely honest that I had never seen them before joining our farm share — and...

Slow Roasted Plum Tomato Sauce

Slow Roasted Plum Tomato Sauce
As much as I love to cook, there are some kitchen tasks that I find absolutely awful.  Emptying the dishwasher is one.  It is one of those tasks that I simply hate.  It probably has something to do with the fact that all of my cabinets and drawers are overflowing with various cooking tools, serving...

Pasta with Fresh Peas, Basil, and Mint

Pasta with Fresh Peas, Basil, and Mint
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that summer cooking is almost every bit as good as summer lovin’. Actually, I think it might be what replaces the thrill of summer lovin’ when you get old and boring.  Because seriously, heirloom tomatoes covered with olive oil and basil?...

Spring Pasta Salad with Aparagus, Spinach, and Mint

Spring Pasta Salad with Aparagus, Spinach, and Mint
One of the best things about belonging to your local Community Supported Agriculture farm (CSA) is how quickly the season gears up — and how big your box of veggies gets.   Our first few distributions of the summer season are teasers.  Just yesterday, we got eight sprigs of basil — yet...

Pasta with Tomatoes, Spinach, Ricotta Salata, and Toasted Sunflower Seeds

Pasta with Tomatoes, Spinach, Ricotta Salata, and Toasted Sunflower Seeds
I have hit the point in the year where I am officially out of my summer tomatoes.  And my strawberry jam (which makes everyone very unhappy).  I never freeze enough because I am always limited to my meager amount of freezer space.  So I have to either learn to can or buy a deep freeze — both...

Spring Pasta with Brown Butter, Asparagus, Peas, and Chanterelle Mushrooms

Spring Pasta with Brown Butter, Asparagus, Peas, and Chanterelle Mushrooms
I often think that my laziness has been great fuel for my cooking creativity.   There are so many days when I stare into my pantry (while my two year old desperately attempts to clutch every box of crackers in it) and think that there is absolutely nothing to cook.  And then I walk away and go back...