Braised Lamb with Chinese Flavors

Photo by Judith Hausman Pair some lamb with some seasonal turnips.  My local lamb share won’t be here until just before Christmas, but cool weather and a stash of dense yet mild Japanese turnips put me in mind of braised meats and warm Asian flavors. The recipe I chose was originally for short ribs and […]

Pear-Gorgonzola Pizza

Photo by Judith Hausman Pears and pizza are a perfect pair. Fruit and cheese: It’s an iconic picnic pairing that deserved the pizza stone this fall, and it couldn’t have come together any more easily. On a weekend, you can mix up your signature pizza dough recipe, but on a Monday night, I used whole-wheat […]

Apple Pan Dowdy

This old-fashioned recipe deserves our attention.

A Waldorf-Style Salad

Photo by Judith Hausman This fall, try this Waldorf-style salad. Created between 1893 and 1896 in the kitchens of the famed Waldorf (now the Waldorf Astoria) Hotel in New York City, this “composed” salad is still perfect for fall with its bracing flavors of apple, nuts and tangy celery. I’ve always been partial to it […]

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

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 […]

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

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

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

  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 […]

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