Keeping cool when facing the heat

Keeping cool with cucumbers.

 “Some people change their ways when they see the light, others when they feel the heat.” —Caroline Schroeder The blazing temperatures and drenching humidity of an unrelenting heat wave are a challenge for even the most conscious of cooks. Extreme weather conditions can lead to short tempers, ...

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Appreciating the underdog: Versatile zucchini

Bucket of Zuccini!

Come summertime there is always one crop that prolifically fills the garden and more often than not, that super sized crop is zucchini. When blessed with this bounty, gardeners, finding themselves thus burdened, ponder and plot how to share their excess squash. Often the baskets on neighboring ...

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Three cheers for the ‘Red, White and Blue’

Conscious Cook: Berries

“May the sun in his course, visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this, our own country!” —Daniel Webster Summer is finally here! Now is the perfect time to celebrate the great glory of living in the United States and enjoying our many freedoms. The summer months are also a ...

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The glory of gardening: Sampling strawberries

Strawberry season is here.

Gardens are like relationships, requiring time, effort and plenty of loving care. Without these proper nutrients, the relationship we have with ourselves and with others cannot flourish. It is vitally important to fertilize the seeds of our imagination, our hearts and our spirits, so that the ...

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The charm of chives

by Robin Glowa 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 herb garden. Tender chive shoots thrust upward, arcing out to form a bright green fountain, while their slightly broader, ...

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Reflecting on rhubarb: A unique taste of spring

Rhubarb is one of the joys of spring.

Enjoying seasonal fruits and vegetables is a natural and harmonic way to nourish the body and the spirit. Here in New England, gardens are yielding the delicious flavors of spring, such as asparagus, herbs, lettuces and rhubarb. Also known as pieplant, rhubarb is a cook’s dream ingredient. ...

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A meditation on the perfection of peas

Fresh peas — a spring treat.

Natural foods are so perfect, peas in particular. Many cooks, including myself, anticipate the first crop of garden fresh peas with great longing. Sugar Snap peas are a true marvel, no shelling needed, the edible pods providing a most satisfying sweet crunch. A big bowl of raw Sugar Snaps is a ...

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