Tomatoes

You say tomato, I say tomato Is a tomato a fruit or vegetable? Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in fruit salad. I disagree with that old adage, slightly. Tomatoes are delicious with watermelon, one of my favorite unexpected food pairings. Tomatoes are so versatile that they can…

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Summer Squash

Squash comes from the Narragansett-Native American word askutasquash, which means “eaten raw or uncooked”. Mic drop. That pretty much sums up why summer squash is so great. But squash is also great for zucchini bread to pumpkin pie. What’s not to love about squash? The squash family is huge. It includes everything from giant pumpkins,…

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Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers are more than just a band, they’re a vegetable. While we’re talking about red hot chili peppers, we might as well discuss the 50,000 other kinds of peppers. Besides a vast array of colors and shapes, there’s another reward from peppers: They’re delicious. Let’s narrow it down to a few of…

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Grilled Squid with Fennel, Blistered Shishito Escabeche, Chorizo Vinaigrette & Marjoram

I love the idea of eating a meal that’s both warm and cold on a hot summer day. Warm grilled squid with crisp, cold shaved fennel and blistered shishito peppers that have been swimming in sherry vinaigrette for a couple days is always a good idea. Chorizo vinaigrette ties everything together. Marjoram, one of the most…

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Chanterelles

Riddle me this! What is tasty, golden and springs to life in the drab forest? Chanterelles! Of all the mushrooms to forage during summer and fall in the Hudson Valley, chanterelles are among the most prized jewels in the woods. Their magical appeal is enjoyed the world over for many reasons. They have a great…

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Caponata Salad with Castelvetrano Olives, Crispy Capers, Pine Nuts & Agro Dolce Raisins

Being Sicilian, I naturally love the flavors of a traditional sweet and sour eggplant stew combined with tomatoes, onion, capers, olives, pine nuts and raisins. In this recipe, I wanted to take that idea, spruce it up a bit, refresh its appearance…and quite frankly, spend less time cooking. This dish is a quintessential combination of…

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Field & Larder

With a name like Field & Larder, this black-dirt farm in Chester, New York is on a mission to provide you with tasty produce you can enjoy all year long. Meet the farmer behind Field & Larder Charles from Field & Larder is what I would call a “chef’s gardener”. He provides all foodies with…

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Sumac & Sancho Pepper Grilled Salmon with Summer Squash & Grated Tomato Vinaigrette

Staghorn sumac is a popular seasoning in much of the Mediterranean. Sumac adds a lemony citrus perk to any dish. It plays beautifully with the salmon in this recipe as well. Coupled with Japanese Sancho pepper, which is peppery with a nice citrus note, this recipe reinvents the classic “lemon pepper” seasoning of my childhood…

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Asparagus Mimosa with Puffed Quinoa & Crispy Prosciutto

Asparagus mimosa is an oldie, but a goodie. Somehow, this classic dish of poached asparagus and hard boiled eggs just vanished. The traditional way of serving asparagus mimosa is simple, quick and most importantly, delicious. So, like a phoenix rising, I decided to revamp this dish without straying too far from the original. The first…

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