Thanksgiving Recovery Soup

Photo courtesy of iStockphoto/Thinkstock Red lentils will thicken up and add heartiness to this post-Thanksgiving, recovery soup. Pies and stuffing, gravy and sweet potatoes … I needed to calibrate my appetite-ometer after the Thanksgiving feast. If you have turkey broth, you already have a good start, but because I didn’t host this year, I didn’t […]

Recipe: Thanksgiving Brussel Sprouts

Photo by Judith Hausman Brussels sprouts make an excellent side dish at Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving meal generates a lot of magazine, food-site and newspaper articles; I’ve even written my share. Ironically, everyone wants the same old recipes on the holiday, not new ones. People can’t even give up the awful, green-bean mushroom-soup casserole or the […]

Recipe: Applesauce Tart

Photo by Judith Hausman This applesauce tart was made out of necessity, after Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Sandy followed by a snowstorm meant lots of inclement weather in the lower Hudson Valley this week and lots of defrosted food to deal with. Our community, like many, banded together to help. Offers of beds and of tarps […]

Recipe: Green Tomato Chow-Chow

Photo by Judith Hausman What can you do besides fry green tomatoes? We all know about Fried Green Tomatoes by now and that not only Southerners enjoy them. But with a first frost on the way (followed by a couple of 70-degree days), I was looking for other ways to celebrate this once-a-year treat and […]

Recipe: Peach-Corn Salsa

Photo by Judith Hausman This easy and versatile sauce is one of those recipes every cook customizes. Make your own signature version with very nearly any soft fruit (watermelon, strawberries) and nearly any pepper, depending on what you enjoy. You can start with a milder pepper and adjust it with a few drops of hot […]

The Hungry Locavore – Recipe: Stuffed Peaches

Zoonar/Thinkstock Stuffed peaches are the perfect peach season dessert. In California a couple of weeks ago, apricots were the go-to fruit, but here at home in the Hudson Valley, N.Y., we’re having an early peach season. Dripping with perfumed juice, our local peaches are thick, fuzzy-skinned and yellow-fleshed (most commonly). Wonderful! A few of my favorite […]

Recipe: Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad

Photo by Judith Hausman Garden-bounty dinners are my favorite. After two hot weeks and two rainstorms, the cukes have popped. We raided the vines last weekend, uncovering a few giant specimens lurking under the prickly leaves. Still, I was sure they could be salvaged. Overgrown cucurbits require just a little more care unless they are hopelessly […]

Recipe: Spring Shrimp with Snow Peas and Asparagus

Photo by Judith Hausman Asparagus and snow peas look beautiful (and delicious!) against pink shrimp. Our garden group had preferred sugar snap peas hands down, but as our first vines started to flower lavender and purple, we realized that those wily yellow and purple snow peas had gotten themselves planted somehow. No matter — the […]

Recipe: Stewed Rhubarb Pairings

Photo by Judith Hausman Stewed rhubarb makes for a homey, spring-y dessert. Rhubarb tart, rhubarb jam, strawberry-rhubarb pie and trendy, savory rhubarb confit — it’s that time of year around here. Delicate peas fill the wooden crates, local asparagus are bundled with twine and long, sleek stalks of pucker-y rhubarb are lined up at the […]

Locavore Recipe: Vegetable Risotto

Photo by Judith Hausman Combine sturdy vegetables with new and delicate ones to make this vegetable risotto. This recipe continues with the theme of grain-based vegetarian dinners, a celebration of the new garden season in my kitchen. It combines the old and sturdy (giant, wintered-over carrots and leeks) and the new and delicate (broccoli rabe […]