What is this Romanesco and what do I do with it? …lean in.

Sometimes when I rely on the local Wal-Mart, I am forced to make creative compromises. Often times they turn out better. Wal-Mart didn’t have the prosciutto or goat cheese I craved, but thin bacon and the Mexican queso fresco stepped in for a less chalky flavor. (Maybe God does have a place for processed cheese?)…

Barbeque Ranch Chicken Wraps and Spicy Potato Wedges

Busy families need a yummy and quick sports night solution. These are the nights when my daughter, Raine, calls me a good cook, and I have to correct her… I’m a good shopper! Working in Brockport, I take advantage of the prepared food at Wegmans and scoot my cart around the store with purpose, picking up…

A Pan to Please and a Pan to Freeze

So soccer season is coming to a close, and the hustle and bustle is taking a pleasant pause for a Thursday evening. I call my daughter and ask her to list the veggies I stored in the fridge after my CSA pick-up. Eggplant, carrot, broccoli, onions, peppers… sounds like a perfect excuse to go all…

Delicious Delicata

When I first started delving into squash-granola pairings, my co-worker informed me of the upcoming delicata squash harvest. Mary Jo expressed her love of this tender squash and its cylindrical possibilities. So I’ve paired up with goods from my beloved Hurd Orchards and Michele’s granola to offer up this savory, sweet, autumn recipe. Total yum!…

A Warm Fall Salad

Becoming a member of a CSA has exposed me to fruits and veggies that I would have shied away from. The veggies this time of year, Brussel sprouts, beets, unique squashes… these foods I am unfamiliar with force my creative juices to dive deep. I had to release the memory of my father forcing me…

A Simple Soup for an Autumn Day

Living on the far east side of the county, and working in Brockport, how could my foodie soul deny a trip to Wegmans for some autumn soup ingredients. This deliciously creamy chicken, vegetable and cheese sacchettini soup is meant to warm your soul. Ingredients: 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil I large clove of garlic, minced I…

Heather’s Amazing Apple Coffee Cake

Mike Heberle has been working at the Heberle farm on Lakeshore Road in Kendall since he was a young boy. He blesses his mother’s home with fruits, vegetables, and right now, a front yard full of pumpkins for the large, growing family he is a part of. His mom, in turn, blesses her son with…

Crockpot Chili Sauce Chuck Roast

Do you ever walk into Hurd Orchards and see all these beautiful jarred sauces and just stand in awe? I wonder what to do with these vinegars and chutneys …and chili sauces! Well, after some research and experimentation, I think we have a winner! Ingredients: 2-1/4 to 2-1/2  lb. chuck roast 2 medium yellow onions,…

You’re so granola!

So when you pick up your CSA and there is variegated acorn squash and green onion, the wheels in your easily distracted mind start turning. Have a chat with the charmingly creative, Ben Duncan, and things all come together. Add granola. It’s that simple. Granola, Craisins, green onion, brown sugar, Amish butter made with sea salt. I…

Relish the moment!

Grandma Jane always used to have a relish tray at her big family gatherings. There would be pickles and veggies, homemade dips, and cheese. I want to do my part to promote this delicious and healthy addition to the dinner table. I’ve been researching the modern relish tray, but I think a combination of modern…

It’s all about the brine…

So if any of you have invited my dad’s wife, Kim, to a potluck, chances are you’ve tasted her shrimp cocktail or shrimp pasta salad. If you are a foodie like me, you were wondering what made these shrimp pop with flavor! Well, it is all about the brine. It takes a little longer, but…

Grandma Jane’s Famous Switzel Recipe

So what did the farmers use during haying season before Gatorade or Propel were invented? Grandma Jane had a recipe on her fridge in Phoenix that has been there for 30 years. The famous Orleans County thirst quencher from the 1800’s. I changed it up a little with Hurd Orchard’s delicious raspberry vinegar, but other…