A few nights ago I cooked dinner for the family and friends. A subtle craving for some Italian home cooking and plenty of ripe tomatoes gave way to a late summer staple, the caprese salad. So incredibly simple, yet good quality ingredients are key to the success of this dish. Maybe just an hour before prepping dinner, I headed over to a nearby farm to pick up some fresh, raw milk.
I've got a lot of love for beets. I'm not quite sure how or why, but they are easily one of my favorite vegetables. Maybe it's their intense color that always stains my hands when I peel away their skin or it could be the deep, earthy flavor that tastes reminiscent of the soil they are grown in. Either way, I can dig into beets any time of the year and prepared just about any possible way.
For those of you who raise chickens in your backyard, you may know what it's like to have heaps of eggs in the pantry at all times. Since I began raising chickens, I have become accustomed to consuming eggs nearly every day, and sometimes, at multiple meals. Eggs are quick to prepare, packed with quality fats, and the perfect delivery system for various sauces and condiments.
I love making updated and upgraded versions of childhood classic dishes. This recipe was always made by my father and he and myself were usually the only ones in my family who would eat this Italian seafood salad. This dish was always made for Christmas and if I was lucky, he'd add a can of chopped conch, or as we called it, "scungheel".
In the depths of winter, it can be a challenge to find fresh, vibrant looking ingredients to make a meal out of. With just a few local farms cutting overwintered greens from their greenhouses, green vegetable consumption nearly drops off the map. But to my surprise, even with multiple snow storms tapping down on the midcoast of Maine, some gorgeous spinach happened to find its way into our local coop. With a big smile on my face, I quickly filled up a bag, excited to take it home and add it to a meal.
This simple side dish merges the flavors of the Mediterranean with one of my favorite spring vegetables, the fiddlehead fern. Having guests over, I felt this would be the perfect side to accompany my yearly tradition of making nettle falafels. Along with cucumber raita, this combined for a glorious spring dinner, shared with loved ones under a clear spring sky.