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Steve's Sweet Potato Surprise Pie

My lifelong passion for pie, start up stores with fun food themes, and my local library miraculously converged in one recipe last month.

Like so much tasty food invented by great home cooks, this pie is really an amalgam of recipes, re-imagined with gusto by local librarian Steve Stover.  It’s a buttery crust, topped […]

Oysters on the Half Shell with Apple Mignonnette

Long live live food!

Pair oysters, long considered an aphrodisiac, with a dessert of chocolate for a romantic feast. Or, for a playful party, invite over a few fellow oyster lovers — only the most passionate. Shuck, giggle and slurp oysters from their shells. (And in the winter nestle them in a bowl […]

Connie's Apple Coffee Cake


(Going, going, almost gone. One classic coffee cake, nutty and moist with apples.)

Last of apples!

Connie, my pal Eileen’s mom, may be gone, but her recipe is not. What better way to conjure her to join our intimate celebration than to bake her […]

Italian Spring Celebration Class

(This is a stuffed peach. We’re going to do the same thing with pears. Fabulous.)

Let’s celebrate the thaw of spring with this menu inspired by the flavors of Italy. Join me in a hands-on workshop using Italy’s signature flavors in dishes that will quickly become family favorites as the new season […]

Indian Pudding

Sweet, slow cooked and back-to-the-womb satisfying, Indian Pudding is a New England classic. This version is adapted from an old James Beard recipe, using maple syrup instead of molasses along with local milk and freshly ground local flint corn. I used dried corn kernels from my Pioneer Valley Heritage Grain CSA share, which was […]

Moscow Borscht

Local Food News Below

Good Meat, Comprehensive New Book on Sustainable Meat Learning About & Buying Sustainably Raised Local Meat Berkshire Maple Dinner on March 24th

The Recipe

You won’t believe the depth and character of this meat borscht, a hearty meal-in-one soup from my book, The Locavore Way.  It’s a winter […]

Rich 'n Easy Black and White Truffles

Thinking of a locavore treat that you can make in the winter?

(Full and festive winter locavore meal below)

These truffles were so popular last year that I’m blogging them again. They’re extraordinary in their simplicity — fresh local cream mingles with the best […]

Locavore Mulligatawny Soup

Coming up? My winter Moroccan cooking class in Northampton, Register here!

Last year, my oldest pal, Judy, came up from the city for a perfect 24 hours, complete with book talk and a giggle over the personal ads in London Review of Books, which are witty as hell.

We even improvised […]

Roasted Chinese Chicken

You’re going to love this juicy bird, because it’ll perfume your kitchen with ginger and anise and arrive well-browned with hoisin glaze.

My old neighbor, Ruth, raised meat chickens and I’m the beneficiary. Hers were fed on whatever they could find around the yard during the warm months, along with grain raised up county, […]