Locavore Love Cornsticks

Here is the first promised cornbread recipe featuring Shagbark’s stone ground corn and spelt flours. Might I suggest making it to go with the Shagbark turtle beans recipe I posted previously–that’s what we had for dinner last night and it was a hit with Kat, Zak and Brittney, not to mention, myself. To give you […]

Shagbark’s Black Turtle Beans

I don’t know how many readers remember a post I wrote in July 2008 entitled, “How Local Can You Realistically Go?” It was a post about the fact that it is very difficult in most areas of the United States to buy and consume locally produced staple foods such as grains and beans, and how […]

Garlic Mashed Potatoes The Way That Mom Never Made Them

No one in my family ever made garlic mashed potatoes. No one had ever even heard of them until I started making them over a decade ago. Mashed potatoes were simple things in my childhood: russet (or all purpose white) potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks, boiled until they were soft, then drained, then mashed […]

Local (And Slow) All the Way: Rabbit And Horticultural Bean Stew

Every ingredient to this particular dish was local: the beans, the onions, garlic, carrots, celery, leeks, mushrooms, rosemary, thyme, sage and oh, yeah, the rabbit. Oh, wait a minute: the white wine isn’t from Athens, but it is from Ohio, and the salt–well, it is from the ocean, which is not local to Ohio. At […]

A Seasonal Spring Comfort Food: Ramped-Up Spaghetti and Meatballs

I love me my ramps and green garlic. All year long, I anticipate with gustatory delight the spring season which not only brings morels, asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries, but also pungent-sweet, spicy-hot ramps and green garlic. I use them in cooking just as I would scallions and garlic, but in even more copious amounts than […]

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