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By Chef Rich Baringer,

I see acorn squash as sort of the black sheep of the winter squash family.  Butternut is sweeter.  Delicata is less fibrous.  Kabocha and pumpkins make better pies.  But what acorn squash has going for it is its shape — it’s a perfect receptacle for all sorts of things that […]

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by guest blogger Laura Brandt,

How this unassuming, pale vegetable “dresses up” for dinner.

Cauliflower may be a forgotten vegetable, but it really shouldn’t be. This crunchy white crucifer packs a nutritional punch of vitamins and antioxidants, and shows promise as a cancer-deterrent.

But when it comes to flavor, boiled or steamed cauliflower is—let’s be honest—lacking. […]

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By Chef Rich Baringer,

Well, we’ve just about gotten to the end of tomato season—although with lots of sunshine this week, we should have some for a little while longer.

But once they’re finished, there’s no need to forget about them. There are always plenty of tomatoes on the vine that never get to […]

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By Chef Rich Baringer,

We had a picnic at our place recently and as I was deciding on what to make, I remembered that I had a bunch of tomatillos in the fridge from Blooming Glen Farm.  (They last a long time in the refrigerator.)

For those who aren’t familiar with them, tomatillos […]

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By Chef Rich Baringer

In my newsletter last month, I wrote an article about what I call the Summer Trinity—three foods that epitomize summer for me: sweet corn, peaches and tomatoes. Nothing makes me think of summer more than the taste of these foods freshly picked. This recipe—a simple and tasty one from

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By Chef Rich Baringer

I love combining flavors that don’t always seem to go together–especially sweet and spicy.  If you’ve ever had chocolate with hot pepper you know what I’m talking about. There’s just something about those two tastes together that does something to your taste buds.

Well, here’s a recipe that will satisfy […]

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The corn this year – like the peaches – has been awesome. I haven’t tasted mediocre corn yet. I’m trying to work my way around to all the farms, but hey, it’s putting the weight on. And Mark is still trying to do low-carb (I gave it up in the face of all these delicious summer […]

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One of the best things about summer is the leisurely pace. As the heat picks up, the days seem to slow down, bringing with them a sense of relaxation. This week’s food events match that leisurely pace. There’s nothing out of the ordinary on the calendar for Monday through Friday… just the usual. But the […]

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You’ve driven past them, maybe even seen them in the woods. Think about it. Grape leaves. Guest contributor Wendy Yurgosky, who loves foraging on her property in Hunterdon County, gives us a primer on grape leaves and how to make your own stuffed grape leaves, or as the Greek call them, Dolmades.

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We hope you had a great Independence Day weekend. Now, it’s back to the grind… but the fun doesn’t have to end completely. This week is low-key, which is good if you had a little too much fun over the weekend, but there are still great things to do if you want to let the […]

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I had to get out of the house. That’s what happens when you work from home. “I’m just running out to get a few things,” I told Mark and the dogs. “I shouldn’t be long.” Mark smiles, thinking, “Ri-i-ight.”

Really, I was just going to get some strawberries at Fairview Farms around the corner, stop […]

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Salad is not high on my list of favorite things.
I can think of literally hundreds of other foods
That I would much rather eat besides a bowl of leafy greens;

But come late spring,
When the first strawberries make their appearance
At the farmers’ market,

Right […]

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Being as my birthday is only a few days before the Kentucky Derby, I’m usually completely unaware of this popular horse race. Typically, I mention doing something on that day with a friend and they’ll say, “Oh, but it’s Derby Day!” Right. Really?

But I have finally realized that a lot of folks enjoy celebrating the […]

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Lynne, the wonderful woman behind this website, and I are both fighting colds. We’ve both turned to our own Hot Toddy recipe for comfort (it just goes to show that we only post what we can back up). If you’ve got the early spring sniffles, too, we recommend it. Find […]

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About this time last year, I sat surrounded by tissues, with a headache pounding in my head, unable to smell, breathe very well, or think. I was so utterly defeated by the common cold that the thought of heading out into the frigid weather to pick up over-the-counter cough syrup filled me with dread.

I […]

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