Category Archives: Food

You Know You’re Living In The Country When…

…the neighbor down the street gives you a dozen fresh eggs from her chickens.


Everytime I see brown eggs…oh, you know. Sing with me:

Brown Eggs are local eggs and local eggs are FRESH


What is better?

Cold, black coffee or no coffee at all?

Discuss among yourselves…

Happy Thanksgiving

Hubby and I will be heading down to my folks in Dartmouth, MA for the holiday. Traditionally we eat at 11 am and by 12 pm, the dishes are cleaned and put away. (No joke!) This year my step-dad is working so we’ll eat at 4:30 pm and have the dishes cleaned and put away by 5:30 pm. Gotta LOVE family!!!

Pomarium Visitavo

Delectable Cortlands

Delectable Cortlands

Impressed with my expanding Latin vocabulary? Honestly, I had to look up the imperfect past tense of visitare. But I think it correctly reads, I visited an orchard. Cicero would be proud…

It’s the veritas…Hubby and I went to Sholan Farms in Leominster, MA. Believe it or not, the Plastics City isn’t all concrete jungle. The area alongside Sterling is lovely and that’s where the orchard is located. Going on a Friday morning is the right time…not too many folks.

This was only my second time apple picking. You would think being a native New Englander I would have done it since my wee childhood. But, alas, that’s not the case. (I don’t like lobster, either. I’m THIS close to surrendering my New England citizenship.)

We picked a peck of Cortlands, McIntoshes and Golden Delicious. I have visions of apple crisps and squash/apple soups coming out of my galley kitchen. Ask me in two weeks how sick I am of apples. 🙂

In the meantime, check out my Flickr site to view apples in their native environment.

Veggie Feast

I’m one of those “sorta” vegetarians. I can not do without a veggie omelette and salmon steak but I eschew dairy. (Makes me gassy.) About every four or five years I hold a Veggie Feast where I invite friends and family to my place where I cook a ton of vegetarian dishes. My last one was in New Bedford, MA (2004) and it had a brunch theme. Because this year I have a patio with a grill, the theme was a no-brainer, COOK-OUT!

Nine folks trekked all the way out to Leominster, MA for an afternoon of eats and conversation. The menu was:

Appetizers: Spinach-Artichoke Hummus, Avocado Salsa, Lentil-Bulgar Stuffed Grape Leaves

Main Course: Grilled Veggie Kabobs (in a homemade marinade), Spaghetti Salad, Sweet Potato Salad

Dessert: Fruit Tart, Oreo Truffles, Soy ice cream (the only store bought dish)  

I must admit it was hard work. I cooked most of the dishes the day before and was cooking about an hour before the first guests arrived but it was all worth it. Every dish came out spectacular (if I do say so myself) and each lady (it was a ladies-only event) went home with copies of all the recipes enclosed in a Night Garden Photography greeting card.

Where was Hubby? He worked that day and then headed over to his folks where his Dad grilled steak. They celebrated an anti-Veggie Feast.

I suppose the next Feast will be in 2013.

All’s Good

I don’t have anything pithy to say but I’m happy about a number of things on this April 17th.

  • It’s supposed to hit 70 degrees.
  • I’ll be heading out on a bike ride around Lancaster and Sterling.
  • The Bruins beat the Canadiens last night 4-2!
  • I made an awesome deep-dish pizza the other night. The sauce was homemade and I used sauteed kale for filling. I was very proud of it. (Soy cheese on the left. Dairy cheese on the right.)


Get out and enjoy the day!

I’ve Been Slimed?!?

On Saturday, the In-Laws came over for a Christmas feast prepared by Moi. I baked a Butternut Squash Lasagna using a 5 bay leaf cinnamon tomato sauce. Yes, I must admit, it was DELICIOUS!!! But I saved the best for last.
I baked a homemade Pumpkin Pie. I can’t do dairy so I used a vegetarian’s best friend to substitute for the heavy dairy that usually goes into a pumpkin pie. The In-Laws are meat and potatoes kind of folks. Father-In-Law took one bite and said: