Photo by Judith Hausman Spring soup? Well, yes, it has finally started to warm up in New York’s Hudson Valley, but a light, healthful soup, made quickly with a garden’s first offerings, can still tempt me. After a perfect Mothers Day morning of getting this year’s petunias in place and finally moving the overwintered geraniums […]

Green Peppercorn Sauce

Photo by Judith Hausman This is a classic, French-style pan sauce, usually made from the fat and browned bits left from searing meat. However, this version doesn’t depend on having just cooked meat, so it’s great for bringing leftover beef, pork, chicken or even salmon to the next level. For my own meal, it sauced […]

Lemon Pizza on the Grill

Photo by Judith Hausman Our first barbecue of the season was a joint effort. My hosts offered beautiful burgers, and I made the pizza. While the fire was getting hot enough for the burgers, we maneuvered the stretched and lightly-oiled dough onto the grill first (it took 3 of us to do so!), quickly covered […]

Turkish Leeks

Photo by Judith Hausman Here’s a fresh dish for spring. A recent trip to Turkey gave me a jumpstart on spring cooking because of the milder weather there (the peach and apricot trees were already in bloom) and because of the wonderful vegetable-centric cuisine of that country. It goes without saying that cucumbers, tomatoes and […]

Pink Pasta with Beets and Ricotta

Photo by Judith Hausman This pretty pink dish put spring in your step. Here’s a humble, vegetarian pasta combination, perfect for a still-cold night. Often if I find decent winter beets in the market, I roast them right away when baking something else, so the beets can wait ready-to-eat in the fridge. Red beets tossed […]

Scandinavian Potato Salad

Photo by Judith Hausman Nordic food finds an locavore twist. Now that the best restaurant in the world (Noma) is in Denmark, Nordic food is having its moment in the sun. Could that be why the bunch of fresh, local dill I found at a farm stand recently made me think Scandinavian? Unlike the Midwest, […]

Moroccan-style Lamb Shanks

Photo by Judith Hausman Stew is good for you! Winter is still among us in the New York’s Hudson Valley where I live. The beets and potatoes at the farmers markets are getting a little wrinkled, but a few greens and fresh herbs, grown slowly under snow-dusted hoop houses, are beginning to show up. I […]

White Bean and Sausage Soup

Photo by Judith Hausman Soup or salad? When it’s cold out, choose soup. I had been hoarding sweet pork sausage from my CSA pig for several months, when we had a second snow day in one week. This seemed like a great occasion to defrost three packages of sausage and create my white bean and […]

Beer Bread

  Photo by Judith Hausman Beer and bread equal best friends. Beer is a great base for beef stew but usually I shamelessly gather the brews up and use them to make the easiest bread ever, in all kinds of variations, and the beer can be flat or fizzy.  You may already know this recipe; […]

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