living a well tended life... at any age


brunch, part two: winter fruit salad

Remember my brunch menu from a few weeks ago? Here’s the recipe for the fruit salad! I am normally not a fan of fruit salad. I find it annoying to make and typically unsatisfying to eat. I always feel obliged to put some on my plate, so as not to feel too “walk of shame”…

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i brake for squash, part one: roasted fall salad

roasted fall salad

I love winter squash. Acorn, butternut, spaghetti squash, pumpkin, you name it. And this is the time of year for it so I’m in full swing. I realized recently just how many squash recipes I have. So over the coming weeks I’d like to share some of my very favorites – sweet, savory, traditional (winter squash soup)…

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special request, part one: meg’s chicken

Although I try not to post food photos without the accompanying recipe, two pictures recently found their way in – and of course, those would be the two that piqued the interest of many of you, to the point that I’ve received several e-mails asking for the recipes for these: and this: So here they…

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to market: panzanella

Panzanella is an Italian salad that can take on many forms, but  almost always contains these 2 ingredients – ripe tomatoes  and baked or sauteed bread cubes. From there you can pretty much add whatever you like – a mixture of  in-season vegetables, some fresh herbs and occasionally a salty/briny component such as olives or capers. It’s…

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lunch hour

chickpea feta and cherry tomato salad

I don’t know about  you but I am a total fail when it comes to eating a proper lunch on a regular basis. I eat a decent breakfast every morning and since I cook dinner almost every night, I’m covered there. But lunch? For some reason I can never seem to justify the time it takes to prepare a…

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to market: fish tacos

Okay, I know I’ve gone on and on about my local farmer’s market – but it really is so great. Although not very large, it is well edited, and the vendors are of the highest quality. From biodynamic, organic produce to artisanal “street food”, we have a truly outstanding selection of fresh, delicious and seasonal offerings to choose from each week.…

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to market: chopped salad

One of the things I’ve loved most about working for my local farmers market has been getting to know our market manager. Pascale is a woman I admire as much for her hard work and amazing vision as I do her fabulous style and eloquent writing. One of my responsibilities is the posting of a weekly recipe that…

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shortcuts: wonton wrappers

Pre-rolled pie crusts. Cake mix. Frozen puff pastry. Although I pride myself on being a “from scratch” cook and baker, there are times where taking a short cut – using a pre-made or packaged ingredient – can be just the ticket. Here and in future posts, I’d like to share some of my favorite recipes that feature these…

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to market: kohlrabi

Kohlrabi definitely falls into that category of “F.M.M.” (aka, Farmers Market Mysteries). It looks like the alien of vegetables, and more than a little intimidating to work with. I mean, seriously? But as I am always coming across it in every farmers market I visit I assumed that this homely vegetable must have some redeeming qualities.…

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to market: beets

I don’t know how this happened but until very recently I had never had a beet. I know, shocking, right? Okay, but really – how have I never tried one? And there is no one in my family who eats them either. My mom never served them when I was growing up and as they…

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