Summer Is Over…… …and school has begun.  During the first few days of a new school year, all is exciting as the kids meet and get to know their teachers, make new friends, and use their new school supplies.  But those new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle or Frozen lunchboxes will […]

Back to School

Tomatoes are finally here at the local Farmers Markets!  I saw bushels of them on Tuesday at the Boalsburg Market and talked to the folks at Ardry Farms.  They have Canning tomatoes and Roma tomatoes (the kind for making tomato sauce) available now at excellent prices.  Ardry Farms are also […]

Tomatoes are Here

What is a “tian?” A tian is “a dish of finely chopped vegetables cooked in olive oil and baked au gratin.”  My tian is an adaptation of a Julia Child recipe–it makes a great side dish or you can use it, as I did, as the main course for a […]

Zucchini Tian

At the Downtown State College Farmers Market last Friday, I found some yummy peas.  These are SHELL peas, not snow peas, not snap peas.  These are peas that you take out of their shell and devour, or cook and then devour! Fresh peas were a revelation to our family!  We […]

Glorious Peas!

We know it is March when the highs this week range from the 50 degree mark down to a low 8 degrees this morning on my thermometer!  It’s so cold today that I knew we had to have something warm and comforting. Ribs! And not just any ribs but Short […]

Yummy Short Ribs!

It’s November and time to think TURKEY, and other culinary delights. First, a reminder to mark your calendars for the annual Penn State Poultry Science Club’s sale of Thanksgiving turkeys.  The sale is not usually advertised to the public, but somehow last year, it was featured on a local TV […]

Turkeys and Brussels Sprouts

We’re having a party soon.  I needed a cake to feed many.  Here it is: Missy G’s Sweet Potato Pound Cake.  Baked sweet potatoes, dark brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, pecans, butter!!!!  All of those ingredients just say “fall” to me!  And deliciousness!! This is a cake that does take some […]

A Cake for the Fall Crowd