Eating



spoonful beef stew bowl
 On soup: “The transformation that occurs in the caldron is quintessential and wondrous, subtle and delicate.” – I Yin, 239 B.C.E. Spring is technically here although temperatures feel more like early summer than spring. But, hey, when is weather ever reasonable here in the Mid-Atlantic? In the seventies this week […]

Soup’s On, Souping’s In – Menu Mainstay Gets Fresh Treatment


dandelions
Eat dandelions? Yes, and the nice thing is that 100% of the dandelion is edible! Historically, Europeans brought dandelions to America as a food crop but now it is considered to be one of the most annoying weeds plaguing the suburban lawn. Yet, a 55 gram serving of Dandelion contains […]

Eat Dandelions: 100% of the Dandelion is Edible




Cacao beans and powder
On the food calendar, there are days for celebrating chocolate in various forms: dark (February 1; the whole month is devoted to chocolate and has multiple observance days), cake (January 27), candy (December 28), to name a few. This Friday, October 28, is a general yay-for-chocolate day. In recent years, […]

National Chocolate Day




Butternut squash recipe: spicy and nutty
As we move into autumn, squash moves into the forefront of seasonal cooking. A variety will grow quite well in Mid-Atlantic gardens. But the next thing, after they’re grown, is what to do with them. Most recipe sites offer soup, casseroles, or ravioli but I wanted something different. So, coming […]

Spiced Nutty Butternut Squash Recipe


Forage for ramps
In Northern Ohio and many other places, April and early May is the time to go out into the woods and forage for Ramps, also known as wild leeks. Walk 10 feet into any deciduous forest during this time and you are very likely to see these easily identifiable garlicky […]

Forage for Ramps, Wild Leeks, and Chives