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Hello my Foodie Friends! Burrrr. As we are in the midst of winter, there is anticipation of Spring weather and warmer temps. While we all look forward to warmer temperatures during this time of the year, mornings can still be pretty chilly. If you’re like me and have to hurry out the door each morning before you’ve had the chance to enjoy a warm cup of coffee, you probably drink your coffee at some point during your commute from a…
February often feels like a frigid countdown to spring. A visit to the Saratoga Farmers’ Market’s winter location might change that perception. You’ll find tables loaded with tomatoes, cucumbers, salad greens and spinach, kale, cabbage, carrots, turnips, radishes, sweet potatoes and potatoes, winter squash, and beets. Where does this produce come from? Not the grocery store. A growing number of local farmers grow it year round, using such structures as greenhouses and high tunnels to provide their crops with the…
What do the Saratoga Farmers’ Market and Valentine’s Day have in common? Love. Love that is colorful, flavorful, sweet and savory, hearty and light, decadent, delightful and healthy. This Saturday, we invite you to share the love and use the farmers’ market as your venue for creating the best valentines on the planet. I did it myself last Saturday. I created a few valentines for a few of my loved ones – my mother, my partner Sean, and my 2-1/2-year-old…
Hello my Foodie Friends! Guess what weekend this is! Yes it’s the weekend before Valentine’s Day and I know the quickest way to someone’s heart is great cooking! I grew up in an Italian/ Irish household (passionate mix). My fondest childhood memories were of all of my Aunts and Uncles coming over with my cousins. The house was full of activity, laughter, and of course, tons of food. The women in our family would conjure up traditional family recipes for…
Hello my Foodie Friends! Are you getting ready to prepare some great Super Bowl Recipes for this weekend’s game? The use of cast iron cookware is an incredible way to prepare some of your favorite Super Bowl dishes. I have mentioned some pieces in the past but today I am highlighting the best cast iron cookware company in the world; Lodge Manufacturing Company! Cast Iron, a form of cookware developed over a millennia ago remains as popular as when it…
What’s the secret to a great chowder? According to Dave DeLozier, chowder chef for Moby Rick’s Seafood Company, the retail outlet for the Saratoga Farmers’ Market’s Pura Vida Fisheries, it’s all about the base “That’s the hardest thing to get right,” said DeLozier. DeLozier spoke with me last weekend at Moby Rick’s, after I had sampled his contribution to this weekend’s annual Chowderfest at the Pura Vida stall at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, which – perhaps unpredictably – includes neither…
Hello my Foodie Friends. I love Pasta. There, I said it. It is a weakness I have. Homemade pasta is a bigger weakness. Once you experience homemade pasta, it is close to impossible to go back to the store brand pastas. Making homemade pasta can require extra time – but it is worth it. If you haven’t ventured past the convenience of dried pasta, it’s time to make some changes in your life. We have nothing against dried pasta —…
Did you know that the sweet potato is one of the most nutritious vegetables on the planet? This orange tuber offers an unsurpassed source of beta carotene; providing 214 percent of the daily requirement for Vitamin A in a single cup serving and a significant source of Vitamin C, manganese, Vitamin B6, and potassium. That single cup serving contains only 180 calories and no fat. Paul Arnold, of Pleasant Valley Farm, is one of the Saratoga Farmers’ Market vendors who…
Hello my Foodie Friends. The winter months are a great time to make those heartier dishes that stick to your ribs. One of our favorite dishes is Eggplant Parmigiana. When my wife Paula was at the end of her due dates for our children, she was always encouraged by the Italian women in the family to eat Italian food to induce her labor. We won’t promise you that by eating eggplant parmigiana you are guaranteed to go into labor, but…
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