Sunday, May 5, 2013

In Season in Pennsylvania in May

Here's a list for you to print out and keep with you at the grocery store this month to help you buy locally in season produce.

Arugula
Asparagus
Chard
Fava beans
Fiddleheads
Garlic scapes/ green garlic
Green onions/ scallions
Herbs
Lettuce
Mint
Morels
Mushrooms
Nettles
New potatoes
Parsley
Parsnips
Pea greens
Radishes
Rhubarb
Spinach
Stinging nettles
Thyme

Friday, February 15, 2013

Horseradish and Dill Hummus

At the produce market the other day, I couldn't help by be taken in by the smell of the fresh dill. It's by far my favorite herb. Fresh and light smelling. Delicate in appearance but strong on flavor. I couldn't help but start thinking about what kind of things I could do with dill. Remembering that I have a bunch of dried dill at home and some wonderful home prepared horseradish from my father-in-law, I decided a hummus would be the thing to satisfy my dill craving.

Horseradish and Dill Hummus

1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas or 1 can drained chickpeas
Juice from one lemon, about 5 TBL
3 TBL Tahini
2 TBL water
1 1/2 TBL olive oil
3 cloves garlic
4 tsp prepared horseradish
1TBL dried dill
Salt to taste

Process everything except dill and salt in food processor until buttery smooth. Fold in dill and add salt to taste. Allow to chill for an hour for best flavor. Serve with veggies, pita bread or have it with your morning toast or on an everything bagel.


Friday, October 26, 2012

In Season for November in Pennsylvania

November is upon us! With that here is a list of local, in season veggies and fruits for all you Pennsylvanians!

Beets
Broccoli
Broccoli Raab
Brussels Sprouts
Cauliflower
Celeriac/Celery Root
Chard
Cranberries
Fennel
Kale
Leeks
Mushrooms
Parsnips
Pears
Potatoes
Pumpkins
Rutabaga
Shelling Beans
Turnips
Winter Squash

Friday, September 28, 2012

Carrot Cake for Breakfast!

There have been many mornings that, after having made a carrot cake for dessert with dinner the night before, I have indulged in it for breakfast the next morning. Who could help it? Carrot cake is at once rustic and homey while being romantic and exotic. The carrots and raisins giving it the rustic, homey feel of baked goods made back when it seemed everyone had a vegetable garden. The spices take you to faraway places and cultures. The result is a deeply loved dessert.

I tried to capture those feelings here in this breakfast porridge. The warm aroma of the spices are welcoming to the senses in the morning. According to ayurvedic medicine these spices also invigorate the digestion - but I'm not a doctor, so don't take my word for it. This breakfast porridge is chock full of plant power goodness. Carrots, apple, raisin, walnuts and quinoa give it ample vitamin and mineral content.

Carrot Cake Quinoa Porridge


1 cup quinoa
2 cups coconut milk
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 medium carrot shredded
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup walnuts
2 TBL Raw sugar - maple syrup or agave
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ginger
pinch cardamom
pinch salt

Put all ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Once bubbling, lower to a simmer and cook 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Can be eaten immediately or portioned out and reheated for breakfast during the week. Makes about 4 servings.

Friday, September 21, 2012

In Season for October in Pennsylvania

October is almost a week away. Perfect timing to list all the veggies and fruits in season during that month. Print this list out and keep it handy for when you make your grocery list. Buying in season can save you money at the grocery store - but only if you know what's in season.

Apples
Beets
Broccoli
Broccoli Raab
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Carrots
Celery
Celery Root/Celeriac
Chard
Chicories (Radicchio, Endive and Sugarloaf)
Cranberries
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Escarole
Fennel
Grapes
Kale
Kohlrabi
Leeks
Lettuce
Melons
Mushrooms
Onions
Parsnips
Pears
Peppers (sweet)
Potatoes
Pumpkin
Rutabagas
Shelling Beans
Turnips
Watermelon
Winter Squash

I hope you find this list helpful.