Category: Books


CSA Share #9 and More Cucumbers!!

L to R: Slicing cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, cabbage, parsley, zucchini, basil, kale, tomatoes, chile peppers. The cucumbers have almost been vanquished. Here are the latest casualties.


CSA #5, 6, and 7: Cucumbers!

L to R: Slicing cucumbers, lettuces, kale, basil, zucchini, kohlrabi, tomatoes, Swiss chard, pickling cucumbers. L to R: Summer squashes, kale, kohlrabi, cabbages, lettuce, slicing and pickling cucumbers, Swiss chard, jalapenos, tomatoes. L to R: Slicing cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, kale, green peppers, Swiss chard, chives, basil, zucchini, eggplant. One of those weeks, turnips were available, ...



As life has gotten bigger and wilder in the last few weeks, my mind has become full of untamed beasts, all clamoring for my undivided attention. I have spent the last few days trying to wrestle each of these beasts into cages, to no avail. They will be wild. So, rather than a trip to ...


Chocolate Cake On Demand

Last night was our monthly Book Club meeting, a belated birthday celebration for our Book Club leader/coordinator, and an exciting moment for one of our members, and well, for all of us. The occasion called for cake, and I knew just the cake it had to be. The cake recipe is from a kid-friendly cookbook ...


Must-Read Article in the NYT Magazine

The Extraordinary Science of Junk Food, an excerpt from an upcoming book by Michael Moss, is a disturbing peek into the world of processed food engineering, and the lengths the food industry has gone to in order to keep people buying and eating foods they know they really shouldn’t be eating. I first heard a ...


Rhubarb Two Ways

I have been messing around with rhubarb all month, looking for ways to use it that don’t involve dessert. After quickly discovering the Rhubarb Balsamic Reduction and Maple Rhubarb Glaze, I found myself struggling to find success in my Don-Quixote-Meets-Iron-Chef quest for rhubarby goodness, without a load of sugar or crust involved.


RFR Book Reviews

The Boy was home from school for almost a week with a bad cold, and I had this freakishly large knot in the muscles of my neck, making it impossible for me to turn my head, let alone cook interesting food. So I have been catching up on some food-related reading. It’s not what you ...