Fresh Cherry Mint Julep

A few weeks ago I was at the Frecon Farms (from Boyertown, PA) stand at the Growing Roots’ Farmers Market in Malvern, PA drooling over all of their amazing fresh fruit. [Read more…]

Peas and Garlic Scapes Sauté

I can never get enough garlic (much to Ed’s dismay) and enjoy in it all forms. However my preference is when it takes on a mellower flavor, such as roasted garlic. I was first introduced to another mild alternative – garlic scapes – a few years ago at Growing Roots’ Farmers Market in Malvern, PA. [Read more…]

Strawberry Mint Julep

There’s no rule that you can only have Mint Juleps in early May. This variation celebrates some of the best that early summer has to offer. It pairs three ingredients that work well together – strawberries, mint and bourbon. [Read more…]

Vodka and St. Germain “Mojito”

I must admit that I’m addicted to podcasts. It’s like having a radio station that only plays things that interest you all the time. While listening to my absolute favorite, The Splendid Table (“the show for people who love to eat” on NPR that is also available as a podcast), I heard about Awesome Etiquette, a podcast from Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning of the Emily Post Institute. [Read more…]

Burrata and Tomato Salad

I was like a kid in a candy store this past Saturday at the Malvern (PA) Farmers Market. There were a few different stands selling tomatoes but when I saw that the Kimberton CSA (the first CSA in Pennsylvania) had sorted their cherry tomatoes into bins so you could make your own mixture I knew that I had to go to their stand. [Read more…]

All Things Green Yogurt Sauce

Perhaps not all things green but close to it – six of 10 ingredients for this tasty sauce are green and fresh:  basil, mint, jalapeño, scallion and lime (zest and juice).  Throw in some yogurt, olive oil, ginger and garlic and you’ll have your new favorite sauce for the summer. [Read more…]

Strawberry-Mint Sparkler

Farmers market season is upon us. I’m thrilled that my favorite local farmers market in Malvern, PA will be opening this coming weekend. That means that local strawberry season is just around the corner and I’m excited to to make another batch of this wonderful Strawberry-Mint Syrup that I first made last strawberry season. [Read more…]

Strawberry-Mint Syrup

I am very excited about the start of the outdoor local farmers market season. When they open that means that we get access to lots of wonderful locally produced fruit and vegetables (along with meats, cheese, baked goods and so much more). [Read more…]

Lemongrass-Mint Mojito

Years ago my sister, Sarah S, went on a sailing trip in the Caribbean. It was from this trip that we learned of two things – the wonders of a drink called a Mojito and of the indispensable kitchen tool knows as a muddler. If I recall correctly they packed mint for the trip to ensure they had ingredients to make Mojitos.  [Read more…]

Mint-Cilantro Pesto

Lamb is one of my favorites and I do enjoy it served the way I grew up eating it – with mint jelly (which is really apple jelly with mint flavoring). If you’re like me you have an abundance of fresh mint growing in your garden so this seemed like a good time of year to try a different mint sauce to serve with grilled lamb. [Read more…]