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Watermelon, the classic taste of summer.

This coming weekend, I am headed to Lisbon Falls for the Moxie Festival Recipe Contest. As many of you will recall, I took home first place in the savory division last year with my Moxie hot wings. This year, however, instead of competing, my voracious pregnant-lady appetite and I are sitting on the jury. It […]

Creamy, tangy rhubarb cheesecake

About this time of year, my mom’s garden would produce a bumper crop of rhubarb. Though it typically prefers cooler temperatures and partial shade, and the plants that lined the right side of the path into our massive garden were exposed to full sun, they were happy and fruitful, with leaves so big that I […]

Low-stress sides for outdoor barbecues

This past weekend was Memorial Day weekend, which to many people signals the unofficial start of barbecue season; if you missed the BDN garden show special insert at the beginning of April, you missed my tips for hosting a successful, low-stress barbecue event, as well as my recipe for foil packet potatoes on the grill. […]

Cream of fiddlehead soup, and an adventure

Since our success locating and experimenting with Japanese knotweed, Ian and I have been sort of consumed with the idea of foraging. There’s just something very satisfying about going into the woods and emerging with something both safe to eat and tasty as well. Personally, I really want to find and try ramps, but until […]

Japanese Knotweed: Invasive and Tasty

Every weekend that we’re both free, Ian and I like to go for a long, scenic nature walk. I call them hikes — because for me, they are — but Ian’s idea of a hike involves a mountain trail, and usually his dad. We also have been wanting to find the time to try foraging, and since spring is […]

Instant parents. Just add barium…

You may have noticed that I didn’t have any new recipes to share this week. There’s a reason for that, and it’s more ridiculous and amazing than any excuse I could have made up. This past Sunday was my thirty-second birthday. I’d been having some pain in my lower right abdomen for the past few […]

Tasty ways to use leftover Easter eggs

This year, my family’s Easter celebrations were understandably tinged with sadness. The day after Easter, my family and I gathered in my parents’ hometown of Newburyport, MA to say a final farewell to my godfather and uncle, who passed away recently. While the circumstances of the visit were not ideal, it was nice to get to meet […]