Northeast

Northeast – Honey-Baked Salmon on a Bed of Fresh Spring Greens

Northeast – Honey-Baked Salmon on a Bed of Fresh Spring Greens

To a New Englander almost nothing is more welcome after the months of gray skies and relentless snow and ice that characterize our winter than the arrival of the first spring salad greens. The winter of 2014 was so particularly long, cold, and snowy that I volunteered to plant seeds at my local CSA just to be in the presence of something green and growing. After 3 hours of dropping beet and kohlrabi seeds into […]

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March 27, 2014 at 11:25 amNortheast Seasonal Recipes

Midwest – Hearty White Bean and Kale Soup

Midwest – Hearty White Bean and Kale Soup

This is one of the several recipes I picked up from Wisconsin last Thanksgiving, thanks to Aunt Amy. My dad’s sister, Aunt Amy, has three children all in elementary/middle/high school. Likewise, Aunt Amy keeps her recipes on the lighter side. The way she described this soup went something like this:  Lindsay. I have never seen children beg for vegetables the way they beg for this soup. This is requested more than once a week. You. […]

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February 20, 2014 at 9:16 amMidwest Northeast Seasonal Recipes

Maryland Presents: Homemade Masala Knishes

Maryland Presents: Homemade Masala Knishes

The winter chill that’s finally spiking the air has shifted kitchen activities to the production of warming comfort foods. By genetics, in this Slavic household that usually translates into dishes heavy (in all senses of the word) on noodles, cabbage, butter, and potatoes–pierogies if I’m feeling especially motivated. By instinct, however, I’m also given to nomadism, so wide swaths of culinary traditions tend to make regular border crossings. It was that combination of weather and […]

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November 5, 2013 at 8:00 amNortheast Seasonal Recipes

A Season of CSA: Hot Pepper Spiced Kale

A Season of CSA: Hot Pepper Spiced Kale

On a hot day, I like to eat spicy food and drink a cool beverage. After chopping up some of this week’s cucumbers to make into yet another pitcher of cucumber water, I wondered how to make the best use of the items I had left over. Since I’ve lately not been near my kitchen for dinnertime, it’s been a challenge to pack as many of my CSA items into a meal as possible – […]

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July 19, 2013 at 7:00 amNortheast Seasonal Recipes

A Season of CSA: Creamy Basil Polenta with Summer Vegetables

A Season of CSA: Creamy Basil Polenta with Summer Vegetables

In Ditmas Park, a small neighborhood on the south end of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, there’s one option for getting your weekly dose of Community Supported Agriculture. This particular CSA runs from June through October, providing about 20 weeks of fresh produce. For about $20 a week, I get a half share of vegetables grown without any chemical spraying at all. Compared to a grocery store it’s a steal of a deal if you’re willing to […]

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July 11, 2013 at 12:30 pmNortheast Seasonal Recipes

A Foraged Garlic Mustard Pesto

A Foraged Garlic Mustard Pesto

Recently I’ve been rushing home after work to spend the last few hours of sunlight in the arboretum near my house. With a paper bag in hand I’ve been sampling some truly local delights like reishi mushrooms, garlic mustard, mulberries and clover flowers. Though initially intimidated, I soon realized that you don’t have to be a mycologist or botanist to be able to learn a few easily identifiable edibles. Chicken of the woods mushroom, for […]

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July 5, 2013 at 12:07 pmNortheast Seasonal Recipes

New England Presents – Winter Maple Nut Oatmeal Cookies

New England Presents – Winter Maple Nut Oatmeal Cookies

This past weekend I did one of the most patriotic things I’ve ever done, and it didn’t even include fireworks, flags, eagles, or guns. I tapped maple trees in the Berkshires. Dollar bills, however, were implicitly part of the outing as I was in the company of a few flanneled Crane descendants  the very same family that has made paper for dollar bills since 1879. The family generously opened their (very New-Englandy, cabinesque) home to a […]

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March 16, 2013 at 10:17 amNortheast Seasonal Recipes

New York Presents: March’s Creamy Sweet Potato & Apple Purée

New York Presents: March’s Creamy Sweet Potato & Apple Purée

Adapted from Martha Rose Shulman During these cold, dreary months in the Northeast, I crave hot meals. Soups, stews, and vegetable purées are my go-to dinners between November and March, varying in color, flavor, and textures based on what foods are available and in season. But frost and snow makes it all too easy to forget about the winter vegetables that are at their prime in February—the end of the long haul—or the storage vegetables […]

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March 13, 2013 at 6:00 amNortheast Seasonal Recipes