Category Archives for Appetizers

Thai Pumpkin Soup with Sweet & Salty Pumpkin Seeds

So, it finally feels like fall outside, which is great, although my apartment feels like an icebox. Phil, my lanlord, won’t turn on the heat for weeks, so I guess I better get used it. My neighbor upstairs has been … Continue reading

29. October 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Entrees, Soup, Vegetarian | 2 comments

Figs & Fennel

Several weeks ago, just before my friend Meredith (fourth year medical student, see previous entry) departed for a grueling one-month surgical rotation in Pittsburg, Ben and I had the pleasure of dining with her and her fiancé, Matt (private chef … Continue reading

21. October 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Salads, Side dishes, Vegetarian | Leave a comment

Rosemary-Butternut Squash Bisque & Challah

In the beginning of the growing season, I promised to document each CSA I received. To say the least, I have been negligent, especially recently. For this soup, I think I used the contents of three separate CSAs. I definitely … Continue reading

03. October 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Bread, CSA, Entrees, Side dishes, Soup, Vegetarian | Leave a comment

Black Prince Tomatoes & Chocolate Chip Cookies

I never thought I would say that I have a favorite tomato, but as of this past Saturday I do. As I passed through Reading Terminal Market on my way to the Fair Food Farmstand, I stopped at the Livengood … Continue reading

14. September 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Cookies, Desserts, Eating Locally, Salads, Vegetarian | 9 comments

Oven-dried Tomato Bruschetta

I must give credit to the Fair Food Farmstand again for providing another excellent recipe in their weekly email. A few weeks ago, after receiving eight Roma tomatoes (among many other treats) in my CSA, I opened my email to … Continue reading

09. September 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, CSA, Hors d'oeuvres, Vegetarian | Leave a comment

Watermelon Gazpacho & Watermelon Salad

Last month for two weeks in a row, I received watermelons in my CSA. Though they were small, I hesitated from cracking into them, fearing I wouldn’t finish them on my own. So I let them sit for a few … Continue reading

06. September 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, CSA, Salads, Side dishes, Soup, Vegetarian | 2 comments

Peaches with Ricotta and Honey

See, I lied. I thought I had finished posting about peaches this season, but it seems I’ve found one more way to savor this delectable fruit. This dish couldn’t be simpler to prepare: Slice a peach, top it with a … Continue reading

04. September 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Cheese, Hors d'oeuvres, Vegetarian | Leave a comment

Stuffed-Squash Blossoms Tempura

Every year I look forward to the arrival of squash blossoms at the farmers’ markets. There seems to be only one way to prepare this seasonal delicacy: Stuff them; batter them; fry them. As the Barefoot Contessa says, “How bad … Continue reading

17. August 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Hors d'oeuvres, Salads, Side dishes, Vegetarian | 1 comment

Peach Bruschetta

For the past year, I have been listening to two of my most reliable sources rave about an Italian restaurant in Northern Liberties. My friends, Meredith, a Jeff med student and native Philadelphian, and her fiancé Matt, a private chef … Continue reading

12. August 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Hors d'oeuvres, Vegetarian | 1 comment

Summer Squash Tart

Frozen puff pastry is amazing. I finally found a use for the box I’ve had in my freezer for three years now — the box that survived a move across town in 2005 — and it baked off perfectly. This … Continue reading

26. July 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, CSA, Entrees, Lunch, Vegetarian | Leave a comment

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