Cherry Syrup Recipe | Make your Own Natural Cherry Seltzer!

It's summer, so I've been drinking a LOT of water. A LOT. And frankly, I'm kind of sick of it. So I started drinking flavored sparkling water, but it is expensive, and it contains a lot of chemicals that I just don't want to ingest. I got some beautiful sweet cherries in my Farm Share recently, so I decided to try to make my own cherry syrup recipe to add to some seltzer water. Some of my culinary experiments are massive fails. This one, … [Read more...]

What is a CSA : What to Consider When Joining a Farm Share

Update: Here are two recent  local news segments I did talking about CSAs and how CSA's benefit children and families. What is a CSA? CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  A CSA, sometimes called a Farm Share, is a contract between a farmer and private individuals. The farmer sells shares at the beginning of the planting season, which helps him or her with initial costs. Then, the farmer delivers weekly "shares" to individuals or … [Read more...]

Simple Tomato Sauce Recipe with Roasted Tomatoes

We have gotten SO, SO, SO many tomatoes in our Wickham Farms CSA share. And then one day I decided that wasn't enough so I went across the street to the Wickham Farms CSA U-pick area (just for members!) and picked about 20 more pounds of tomatoes! It didn't take long at all, but when I came home, I realized I better come up with a simple tomato sauce recipe so I could use (and FREEZE!) all these tomatoes. Since there were SO many tomatoes to … [Read more...]

Spaghetti Squash Recipes: Healthy Pesto “Spaghetti”

It's hard to find really good spaghetti squash recipes. When I got a Spaghetti squash in my Wickham Farms CSA share, it sat around the house for 2 weeks before I finally decided to do something with it. But, boy, I'm glad I finally did. I came up with an easy, vegetarian (vegan if you leave off the cheese), healthful 1-dish meal that can be made in under 10 minutes - perfect for busy nights. In fact, to keep prep easy during the week, I … [Read more...]

Easy Maple Glazed Carrots Recipe

I've been getting carrots in my Wickham Farms CSA share for weeks now, and this week is the first time it occurred to me to make glazed carrots.  Now, I could weep for all that lost time that we could have been eating sweet, gingery, lovely, brown-butter caramelized glazed carrots. The only problem with this recipe is that there is never enough. Usually when preparing a carrot dish for my family, I allot 1 carrot per person. In this recipe, I … [Read more...]

Kohlrabi Recipe | Sweet & Sour Kohlrabi #Paleo #Glutenfree

Last week, I asked my Facebook fans to challenge me to come up with a recipe for one of 4 unusual ingredients from my Wickham Farms CSA share. The options were: Kohlrabi Beets Watermelon Radishes Mizuna Kohlrabi was the winner! So then I had to come up with a Kohlrabi recipe that would please everyone! I have made Kohlrabi Slaw before, but I really wanted a cooked preparation this time around. I wasn't even looking for … [Read more...]

Wickham Farms CSA Share Giveaway!

    Wickham Farms is giving away one week of locally grown vegetables from its CSA harvest share program! CSA stands for community-supported agriculture, and Wickham Farms has one of the best programs in Upstate NY. The share varies each week, but this week’s members received beets, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, lettuce, mizuna, onions, hot peppers, potatoes, watermelon, radishes and tomatoes. In addition, you … [Read more...]

Harvest Spice Breakfast Muffins | Healthy Muffin Recipes

One of the compensations for summer being over, in my mind, is that now I can put cinnamon in everything! In fact, I love ALL the warming spices of fall: cloves, ginger, and, of course, cinnamon. I'm always looking for healthy muffin recipes, and Harvest Spice Muffins have ALL those delicious ingredients, plus lots of healthy mix-ins that you would NOT even know are in there, like beets, carrots, and zucchini. I've also been packing these … [Read more...]

The Best Beet Salad Recipe | #Paleo & #GlutenFree

There is a reason that I have been posting SO many beet recipes (including this salad recipe) on the blog recently.  First of all, beets are delicious. If you don't think so, then we don't have much to talk about. Second of all, beets are THE nutritional powerhouses of the CSA share. Beets are the new Kale. Why are beets such a nutrient workhorse?  Here's a few impressive facts: They are high in sugars (better for taste) but extremely low … [Read more...]

Blueberry Smoothie Recipe – You’ll never guess the Secret Superfood Ingredient!

Have you noticed I have been making a lot of purple and red recipes lately? I attribute this rosy compulsion to the proliferation of beets and blueberries that have made their way into my refrigerator in the past two weeks. Of course, my first inclination is to try out new superfood smoothie recipes!     I've made plenty of smoothies in the past, and one of them even included golden beets.  I took home some dazzling red … [Read more...]

Rustic Vegetable Pasta Salad Recipe | Wickham Farms CSA

Wickham Farms CSA simply overloaded us with fresh produce at our pick-up on Monday. It was glorious. This week's recipe is a little different -- my husband volunteered to cook and I was not about to stand in his way. When I tasted his creation, I warned him: "This is totally going on the blog."  So this Rustic Vegetable Pasta Salad Recipe is all Chad's creation. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Rustic Vegetable Pasta Salad Recipe … [Read more...]

Corn Recipes : Seasoned Butter + My CSA Recipe Fail

Look at this week's CSA share from Wickham Farms. It is just so, so gorgeous. We got purple bell peppers this week, and to my surprise, when I cut into them, they have green flesh. I had never seen that before. The very first thing I did when I was going through my share this week was to cut the greens off my beets and saute them up in a little garlic and olive oil. Delicious, edible, and a nutrient powerhouse, beet greens are rich in vitamin A, … [Read more...]

Stuffed Zucchini Boats Recipe Wickham Farms CSA Share Week 7

Note: I'm taking a little blog-cation this week! The recipe below is taken from a previously written post on Zucchini. Enjoy! This is for all you wonderful locavores who are getting zucchini in your CSA baskets Every.Single.Week! I thought we were in the clear when I looked through yesterday’s basket, but nope! Nestled between a cucumber and some collard greens was that distinctive dark green vegetable that is slowly becoming the bane of my … [Read more...]

Greens and Beans Pasta featuring Kale and Fresh Herbs | Wickham Farms #CSA Share Week 6

Ok, so this is, like, my fourth recipe featuring Kale. But listen -- I love Kale, it's healthy, and  it just keeps coming every week! This week I decided to make a Greens and Beans Pasta. Normally I do greens and beans as a side dish, but this time I decided to mix everything up together. It took about 2 seconds and tasted great!  Cooking with beans is my strategy for when I forget to take some meat out of the freezer. What I like about … [Read more...]