Category Archives for Eating Locally

Spring Wheat Berry Salad

About this time last year, I learned how to properly cook quinoa, a revelation that not only gave the ancient grain a permanent spot in my pantry, but also inspired a number of grain salads I made all summer long. … Continue reading

04. April 2014 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: CSA, Easter, Eating Locally, Salads, Side dishes, Vegan, Vegetarian | 27 comments

Roasted Vegetables with Tahini, Lemon & Za’atar

Tired, pale, wrinkled — it’s a sad lot of vegetables gracing the farmers’ market tables these days. But I’m not judging. Those very three words came to mind as I looked in the mirror this morning. I could use a … Continue reading

17. March 2014 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: CSA, Eating Locally, Vegan, Vegetarian | 23 comments

Chicken with Preserved Lemons & Green Olives

I will consider this post a success if, by the end, one of two things happens: 1. You feel inspired to tackle Moroccan cooking, immediately buy a tagine, preserve and then purée a batch of lemons, find a source for … Continue reading

12. March 2014 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Chicken, Eating Locally, Entrees, Preserves | 59 comments

Bucatini with Butter-Roasted Tomato Sauce

I left Tara Kitchen on Saturday afternoon, my belly filled with chicken and preserved lemons, my bag with jars of harissa, tomato jam, and ras-el-hanout. I had just spent two hours learning about Moroccan cooking, scribbling notes while sipping on … Continue reading

06. March 2014 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Eating Locally, Pasta, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads | 42 comments

Skirt or Flap Steak with Shallots | Also, Chocolate Bread

You know how sometimes a day — a year — can rip by in an instant? But somehow the ten minutes while the steak is resting feel interminable? Without gainful employment, that steak will draw you in, those crispy bits … Continue reading

12. February 2014 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Eating Locally, Entrees, Grass-fed Meat, Holidays, Meat, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Valentine's Day | 23 comments

Brussels Sprout Salad with Pomegranate, Walnuts & Jalapeno

About this time last year I discovered a most-delicious salad, a Greg and Lucy Malouf creation, a mixture of green olives, walnuts and pomegranate seeds tossed in a spicy, sweet, salty dressing, a combination I find irresistible. It’s light. It’s … Continue reading

12. December 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Eating Locally, Salads, Vegan, Vegetarian | 26 comments

Ina Garten’s Balsamic Brussels Sprouts // Philadelphia Fish House Punch

I woke up Sunday morning with one mission in mind: buy a punch bowl. We had had friends over on Saturday night, and the Fish House Punch had been a wild success, adored by the men and women alike, the … Continue reading

05. November 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Drinks, Eating Locally, Holidays, Side dishes | 17 comments

“Homemade” Yogurt // Saratoga Apple // Argyle Cheese Farmer

We passed Saratoga Apple en route to Argyle, but the stand’s happening scene — hordes of people, cider in hands, pouring in and out; live music; wood-fired pizza; alpaca petting — lured us back on our way home. We soon … Continue reading

02. October 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Breakfast, Cheese, Eating Locally, Vegetarian | 43 comments

Super Easy Summer Squash Gratin

This time of year I suspect few of you are thinking about summer squash. Many of you are more likely celebrating the last prune plums of the season or refusing to eat anything but tomatoes before they disappear for too … Continue reading

17. September 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Bread, Eating Locally, Side dishes, Vegetarian | 15 comments

Burnt Eggplant with Za’atar Flatbread

Last summer I discovered eggplant caviar, a dish made from peeled eggplant roasted in a foil-covered pan, a preparation that, with minimal oil, produces the creamiest lightest flesh imaginable. Seasoned with fresh herbs and macerated shallots, spooned over grilled bread, … Continue reading

26. July 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Bread, Eating Locally, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Vegan, Vegetarian | 22 comments

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