How to Get Started with Making Cheese

April 29, 2020

This week, I made my first-ever Parmesan cheese. Even as I try to eat an increasingly local diet, Parmesan will probably stay on the list of the almost-sacred imported foods we’ll keep eating at my house, along with chocolate and olive oil. But now that we’re all playing this game… Read more

Homemade Ginger Beer

January 27, 2020

DIY bubbly drinks! Who doesn’t like the refreshing, popping sensation of fizzy drinks? We don’t drink a lot of soda in our house, but we do have a fondness… and a sometimes-addiction… to ginger ale. Homemade ginger beer is a really easy DIY version — and you can adjust that… Read more

Local Meal Ideas

September 23, 2019

“Eat Local” is a slogan many of us are ready to stand behind. Local food is cool on a hot planet: we know that freshly harvested food is more nutritious, eating local supports local farmers and growers, and there’s no fossil fuels wasted on insanely long shipping distances. Yet, in… Read more

Quick & Easy Ricotta Cheese

September 12, 2019

Blessed are the Cheesemakers! I don’t know which motivates me more to make cheese: the promise of the satisfying flavors at the end, or the process itself. The sweet smell of milk being heated and the way the cheese curds get transformed before my eyes makes me squeal inwardly with… Read more

How to Prepare for a Locavore Month

September 4, 2019

Does the idea of “local food” and “slow food” resonate with you? Are you curious to see what it would be like to eat only from your own region’s farmers and producers for a period of time? This month, I’m committing to one month of eating only from my bioregion… Read more

Wild greens in the spring kitchen

May 6, 2019

Long before those first, tentative leaves of lettuce in the garden are ready for harvesting, nature’s spring greens have already gotten a head start. No need to wait to start eating from the land! Here are some of my favorite wild-foraged spring greens and what I like to do with… Read more

Spring Foraging: Nettles

March 26, 2019

Nettles are a free superfood, yours for the pickin’ at the forest. It’s one of the most nutritious plants around: rich in vitamins A and C, protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and magnesium. Once blanched to remove the sting, they can be used in virtually any recipe that calls for spinach.… Read more