Maple syrup season in Pennsylvania 2017

This is the first of a two-part series about local maple syrup—which is rare in these parts. Next month we'll visit Winfield Farm in Tinicum Township, Bucks County. by guest blogger Carolynn Fedor, When Jim Myers...

Recipes for the season: Duck Confit

Editor's note: I've always been a bit intimidated by French cooking, especially confits, which sound so mysterious. But Martine Bertin-Peterson makes it all so easy. Here is her recipe for Duck Confit, served with...

Recipes for the season: Wild Mushroom Bisque

by guest blogger, Martine Bertin-Peterson, As the weather gets cooler, my go-to dinner is often a hearty soup and a winter salad. Sturdy vegetables available in the late fall and winter such as squash, root...

Recipes for the season: Tomato Pineapple Salsa

By Chef Rich Baringer, I love combining ingredients that many people don't think as going together. I really enjoy sweet with salty or spicy. Since tomatoes still seem to be in full supply, I thought that I'd...

Recipes for the season: Financiers aux Courgettes

by guest blogger, Martine Bertin-Peterson, This past weekend, I needed to bring a tasty potluck dish to a picnic. Although many guests bring the usual salads and other dishes requiring cutlery, I always opt for...

Recipes for the season: Grilled Watermelon with Balsamic Reduction

By Chef Rich Baringer, While the calendar says it's September, it's still summer for a while. And even though the days of fresh watermelon are numbered, they aren't over yet. So why not try a different...

Recipes for the season: Roasted Red Pepper Soup

by guest blogger, Martine Bertin-Peterson, During the dog days of summer, I gravitate to chilled soups as starters. This chilled red pepper soup is a delicious and welcome alternative to the more predictable gazpacho. I...

Recipes for the season: Swiss Chard with Pine Nuts and Raisins

By Chef Rich Baringer, Whether you go to farmers' markets or belong to a CSA, Swiss chard is available all season long—from spring through fall. So that leaves (pun intended) us with the question of what...

Recipes for the season: Asparagus Salad

By Chef Rich Baringer, Boy, I love asparagus, especially this time of year when you can find fresh, local spears that taste so good.  Asparagus is such a versatile ingredient — you can sauté it, steam...

Recipes for the season: Goat Cheese & Caramelized Ramp Crostini

by guest blogger, Chef Melissa Wieczorek, Zest Culinary Services, Spring has finally arrived!  Yes, the temperatures are warming up, the sun is shining and flowers are blooming. But it’s the appearance of ramps at local farmers...

Recipes for the season: The sweetness of Easter

By guest blogger Wendy Yurgosky, Certified Holistic Health Counselor, Easter is time for traditions and family. One of my favorite family traditions is to make kolache. The funny thing about growing up Czech is that foods...

Recipes for the season: Noodles! And mushrooms

By guest blogger Chef Kelly Unger, The Rooster & The Carrot, March is National Noodle Month and today, March 11, is Eat Your Noodles Day! March is also a challenging month for finding local produce (other...

Recipes for the Season: Mashed Root Veggies

By Chef Rich Baringer, Not a root veggie lover? This dish will change your mind. Everyone likes mashed potatoes—a real comfort food this time of year. But greatly underused and underappreciated are the other sweet, nutritious and delicious root vegetables. I...
Butternut squash. Photo credit Lynne Goldman

Recipes for the season: Curried Butternut Squash Soup

By Chef Rich Baringer, Butternut squash has become a pretty trendy vegetable, showing up in lots of recipes. And for good reason. It's delicious and versatile. Butternut squash can be roasted and boiled and sautéed and steamed and mashed. You...

France here and there

Martine Bertin-Peterson has the best of both worlds. She organizes amazing culinary trips to France, focusing on food and wine, and she teaches how to make simple, Mediterranean-inspired dishes in her cooking classes here...

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