Slow-cooker Beef Ragu

During my Levy Court campaign, pretty much the only type of cooking I did was in the crock pot – slow cooking.  The only free time I had was at the very beginning of the day, and that only for about 15 minutes. So, that meant it needed to be recipes with very little preparation…

Butternut Squash Lasagna Roll Ups

Time to use another section of my giant crookneck squash. I roasted about 2/3 of the neck and since I only needed 2 1/2 cups of pulp, it was still too much , so I will need to find another use for the couple of extra cups of pulp. Since even just the plain roasted…

Pasta with Collard Greens and Onions

I really never thought I would be cooking collard greens, or even stranger, growing it – and lots of it! Nor that I would find collard green dishes that are kosher and healthy and that even my 7 year old would eat – which he did! (although he did call this spicy, so less red pepper…

Fettuccini with Corn and Tomatoes

I have two farmers that I buy sweet corn from, Freeman’s in Lewes and Filasky’s in Middletown.  They are each heads and shoulders above any other corn I have ever had.  Which I buy simply depends on whether I am in the southern or northern end of the state the day I am buying corn….

Corn, Edamame & Tomatoes with Pasta and Basil Oil

If it was a little later in the season, all the vegetables except the corn would be from my garden. But I couldn’t wait that long, so the corn is from Preston, Maryland, the tomatoes from Highland Orchards, the edamame is frozen, but the scallions and basil ARE from my garden. This is such a…

Orecchiette with Tomato Sauce with Kale and Mushrooms

Groundhogs don’t seem to like curly kale.  Or at least my groundhog doesn’t.  When it ate every other green in my garden, it left the curly kale.  We not have the electric fence protecting the other greens, but the kale has been growing all along. I had some mushrooms in the fridge (a local food here…

Pasta with Escarole

It has been an awful spring for my garden, so cold and rainy.  Only a few things are doing well, among them is the escarole.  I have a nice row of heads growing. They are small but they are healthy. I have a few very different recipes I want to try with the escarole –…

Salmon Pasta with Peas

There are days when even a local-obsessed cook like me can only get as local as what I can find in my freezer or pantry.  I’ve been away on business and have not had the chance to go to the store, little less the farm market, when I needed to make dinner.   So the…

Pasta with Sweet-Roasted Butternut Squash and Kale

Thanks again to Highland Orchards for beautiful pesticide-free butternut squash and kale.  The inspiration for this dish came from The Splendid Table’s Sweet Roaster Butternut Squash and Greens Over Bow-Tie Pasta. I really like the sweetness that recipe brings to the roasted vegetables, but not the very creamy sauce.  So, I adjusted the ingredients and technique…

Broccoli Rabe Pesto and Pasta

On my visit to Highland Orchards I picked up a bunch of their broccoli rabe. I had a Mario Batali recipe for broccoli rabe pesto that I had been wanting to play with, so this seemed like a good opportunity to do that. The color of the finished pesto had to make me smile –…