Turnip Greens Skillet Dinner
Turnip Greens Skillet Dinner

Photo by Judith Hausman Try some turnip greens this season. I recently volunteered at a local food-bank garden and came home with a bonus bag of tender turnip thinnings. The farmer grows a lot of turnips in this unfenced plot (that was once the lawn of a stately home) because the deer seem to leave […]

Peach … Something
Peach … Something

Photo by Judith Hausman This dessert-without-a-name could just be called “delicious.” Not a pie, not a crisp, not quite a cobbler — still, this easy, seat-of-the-pants peach-something dessert was my solution for six or so seriously overripe peaches. I have enough peach jam, I didn’t have enough fruit to mount a canning operation and I find that […]

Plum Cream Pie
Plum Cream Pie

Photo by Judith Hausman Have an after-dinner treat with a slice of cream pie.  I just love cream pie. The original recipe calls for rhubarb, but the not-too-sweet custard is perfect for so many soft fruits. I’ve tweaked and reused it many times with peaches, mixed raspberries and blueberries, or even thinly sliced apples, as […]

Basic Eggplant Spread
Basic Eggplant Spread

  Photo by Judith Hausman Serve this mixture with some pita bread. To me, eggplant has always been a workhorse vegetable. So many cultures make use of it as a hardy blank slate, ready to take up silky oils and assertive spices. Its meaty texture and beautiful color add dash and flavor to many combinations, […]

Melon & Crab Salad
Melon & Crab Salad

Photo by Judith Hausman A summer salad isn’t complete without seafood. Light and easy, a melon and crab salad with mint and ginger is satisfying, sweet, salty and sour, just right to whet the appetite on a still-summery night or to serve as a full lunch in these last free days of August. A cold […]

Pickled Fennel
Pickled Fennel

Photo by Judith Hausman Pickle some fennel! Just as a light poaching in sugar syrup helps me keep local fruit just a little longer, light pickling can do the same for seasonal vegetables. I gave a generous CSA share of green beans this treatment because I was going away for a weekend and didn’t want […]

Purple Potatoes
Purple Potatoes

Photo by Judith Hausman Try some purple potatoes to liven up a dinner. In my CSA share a few weeks ago, I received a precious cache of new potatoes, including some blue/purple-fleshed beauties. Unlike purple string beans or peas, these tasty spuds stay almost lavender through and through, even when cooked, so they are really […]

Poached Fruit
Poached Fruit

  Photo by Judith Hausman Poaching fruit holds the flavor and color for more than a week. Oh my, local apricots and local cherries! In New York’s Hudson Valley, where I live, you can miss their season in the blink of an eye. On the one Saturday you see them at the farmers market, you […]

Smoked Fish Spread
Smoked Fish Spread

  Photo by Judith Hausman This seafood spread is a snap. My food souvenir from a week on a New England island was a couple of filets of smoked, local mackerel, purchased as we waited for the ferry to return us to reality. I usually bring home a precious piece of the iconic bluefish, with […]

Tomato Aspic
Tomato Aspic

  Photo by Judith Hausman Try this for dinner. Another heat wave, after a very brief breather, brought to mind a cool dish I haven’t had in years: aspic. The jellied beef or chicken consommĂ© my mom tried out on me as a child was not an experience I wanted to repeat, but a wiggly-style […]