Berry, berry good!! Going for the blue

“Blueberries as big as the end of your your thumb, Real sky-blue, and heavy, and ready to drum In the cavernous pail of the first one to come!” —Robert Frost Freshly picked blueberries are so perfectly luscious, filled with a unique blend of slightly tart to sublimely sweet flavor. New England ...

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Sunshine and strawberries, savoring the season

Strawberries are ripe now!

“Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did.” —Izaak Walton One of the most divinely delicious moments in a New England cook’s life, is in June, when farm markets offer fresh strawberries. The intoxicating scent of the heart-shaped, scarlet berries fills the air ...

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A delicious treat anytime, just for Dad

Greens for a great salad for Dad's good health.

June ushers in a host of traditional celebrations such as weddings, graduations and of course, Father’s Day, which we just celebrated. Fathers, stepfathers and grandfathers serve so many roles in our lives. They are disciplinarians, teachers, mentors, counselors, and very often, heroes and ...

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The rewards of rhubarb: Not for the faint of heart

Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade is a good summer cooler.

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” —Arthur Rubenstein With all there is to love about springtime, conscious cooks have much to satisfy the body and soul. The world is blooming with brightness and there are fantastic flavors to explore. One particularly invigorating ...

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It’s time for some goodness from the garden: Start with chives

Conscious Cook: chives.

“ I love Spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.”—Ruth Stout   Before the swell of summer is in full force, bringing a riot of color and texture to vegetable and flower gardens, there is the cool, calm, charm of the spring herb garden. The first ...

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Spreading springtime with asparagus

It's the season for spring treats like asparagus.

“April hath put a spirit of Youth in everything.” —William Shakespeare After such a long and punishing winter, the arrival of spring is a welcome balm to the frazzled spirit. Tired, weather beaten skin can make us appear a bit worse for wear, but the youthful foods of spring will restore skin’s ...

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Hope springs eternal — a hard slog in March!

Cabbage is a bright taste for spring.

“Winds of March, we welcome you, There is work for you to do. Work and play and blow all day. Blow the winter cold away.” —Unknown No matter how severe the winter months, how frigid the temperature and how deep the seemingly endless snow accumulation, hope springs eternal and March does always ...

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