Farm to Doorstep

June 9, 2014 · 1 comment

A few years ago, I tried out a share in a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program to ensure a summer-long stream of local, farm-fresh vegetables and fruits. I thought it might challenge me to come up with creative ways to use foods I may not necessarily choose from the farmers’ market or grocery store. I registered for the smallest box and eagerly waited for gorgeous heads of lettuce, peaches and herbs to appear on my front porch. [click to continue…]


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When my first son was three, his favorite food was mussels. I don’t even like mussels. But somehow this kid had developed a taste for salty, briny, strong and pungent. I was admittedly smug though not openly boastful about it, as I knew most parents of toddlers struggled with mealtime. But I took credit, proudly assuming his love of complex flavors resulted from my attentive and excellent parenting. Yes, this was my doing. I patted myself on the back for having produced a child with an adventurous palate. [click to continue…]



There are 461 recipes on this site. Most are pretty simple, but a few are complex, with longer ingredient lists and a call for fancier methods and tools. I have made – and photographed – every one of these recipes, some countless times. We’ve had clear winners, disappointing losers and a handful of meh. I’ve tried my best to ensure only the winners make it to you. When I’m scratching my chin wondering what’s for dinner, these 461 recipes are the first I consult. But a funny thing has happened between the time I posted the first recipe (this one!) and the most recent (you don’t want to miss this one, trust me). [click to continue…]