We’re well into autumn, and though I’ve taken a break from this web site for the past few months, I have an abundance of previously published posts, recipes, and videos that are just right for this time of year. Soup is my very favorite thing to cook any time of year, and to eat any […]
(Originally published March 2, 2014) Here we are again, just a few weeks before spring is supposed to officially begin, once again covered in a coating of ice, just ...
(Originally published May 18, 2013) You may have already noticed that I’m kind of fixated on greens. Part of that is the time of the year—leafy greens just rule in ...
(Originally published May 12, 2013) Back in March I had a yen for some fresh spring greens, and though I had some overwintered spinach and collard greens in my own ...
(Originally published January 18, 2014) Grace Kenneth Collins is a storyteller with a passion for family traditions and family dinners. While still a high school senior in Baltimore County, Maryland, she published Sour Beef and Cheesecake: A Food and Family Memoir (2011). (The “sour beef” in the title refers to her Grandma Mickey’s famous sauerbraten.) This […]
(Originally published December 1, 2013) Now that you’re recovering from your post-Thanksgiving coma you’re thinking healthy, right? Maybe it’s time to knock back a few more veggies and clean out your system after that oh-so-pleasant but guilt-inducing overdose of carbs, fat, and sugar also known as Thanksgiving? This simple one-skillet meal combines a few different […]
It’s finally here: farmers’ market season. Time to get out your recyclable shopping bags, pour yourself a travel mug of coffee, and head out to your nearest open-air market for your weekly dose of fresh. In my travels to the various farmers’ markets scattered throughout the Missouri River Bluffs region, I’ve found an amazing array […]
A couple of weeks ago Alice Longfellow and husband Bob Call welcomed me and a band of Missouri River Bluffs Association members into their huge, spectacular garden center in Centertown (Longfellow’s Garden Center, 12004 Lookout Trail). We were treated to a behind-the-scenes peek at their operation, which like all plant nurseries in early March was […]
March is coming in like a lion here in the Midwest, so once again it’s time to put on your sweater, brew a hot cup of tea, and make a big pot of soup. Here’s a recipe I’ve been saving for just this sort of day, my friend Brian Mahieu’s subtle, sublimely flavored puréed carrot soup […]
In our third and final Missouri wine and food pairing episode, sommelier Sarah Cyr shows me how to best enjoy a vignoles from Adam Puchta Winery. The winery describes their vignoles as “a luscious semi-sweet white wine bursting with peach, strawberry and kiwi, with a sweet citrus finish. This versatile wine pairs with any spicy […]
(Originally published January 7, 2014) Though winter weather can be a massive pain, there is some consolation for truly significant snowfall or record-setting low temperatures: the great American snow day. For many of us, all normal expectations and obligations are suspended, because let’s face it—if your driveway is buried in 6 inches of snow and the wind […]
By guest contributor Bernadette Dryden No other dish in my lifelong cooking repertoire brings fonder memories of Christmas, sense of place and family than does the recipe below. My mother made drinking custard every year during the holidays and served it alongside her fabulous date pudding or tall applesauce cake (drizzled with caramel icing and […]
When Leslie Touzeau graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in art history and psychology, she had no idea that six years later she’d have turned her love of cooking, and fond childhood memories of gardening with her parents, into a new career as an organic farmer. For the past three years, […]