Summer is all about enjoying the outdoors, relaxing with family, and taking in those extra rays of sunshine. Even if you love food like me, you don’t want to spend all of your time cooking. With everything suddenly in season, you can get away with minimal effort and still eat like a king. Enter: the summer caprese dinner salad.
Growing up, the running family joke was to never leave a container of raspberries in the fridge if you planned to use them because I would eat them before you could bat an eyelash. My mom actually used to hide berries under the celery in the crisper drawer to keep me from eating them, or she’d just buy two containers (one as a decoy and one to hide). I love raspberries. They are my favorite fruit by a long shot, but unfortunately for me, they don’t have a very long season. Naturally, raspberry season is my very favorite.
The reasons I love to cook are similar to the reasons why I love summer: They are both celebrations of ingredients. Both are vibrant, full of color. It’s nice to get a little hot sometimes. Time is relative: to what you’re cooking, what you’re doing, what the weather is like… Guidelines are helpful, but improvisation is … Continue reading Reasons to Love Summer, Cooking
At last… Summer. Or what feels like summer, judging by these blissful temperatures late into the evening and the sudden abundance at the farmer’s market! I didn’t really post a May seasonal recipe roundup because May really felt more like March here in Maryland, and so none of the produce you usually get around that … Continue reading Recipe Roundup: Seasonal Produce in May & June
This winter has been a long one, and besides that, adjusting to life after graduate school with a new job hasn’t been that easy. So, for a change of scenery, I went into the Catoctin Mountains with my husband and some friends to forage for morels. Someone had spotted some recently, and there was a … Continue reading A Raised Vegetable Garden: One Inch at a Time
Last weekend was opening day at my favorite farmer’s market in our area. I have been excited about this for weeks! Even though the day was gloomy, and we had a time limit because I had to work at my husband’s winery tasting room later that day, I was giddy, running around with a big … Continue reading How to Get the Most out of Your Farmer’s Market
Though the weather is warming up, I’m still in winter mode—protective and desperate over every shred of sunlight I can get. I’ve been spending all of my evenings and weekends soaking up the sun outside in the garden, hiking, with friends, even when the temperatures start to dip in the evenings. The garden especially has … Continue reading Homemade Pickles and Rustic Radish Toast