Category Archives: Food Features

The Gold Mine in Our Back Yard

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 Be Inspired Seasonally with Rita Calvert
 Three years ago, I first visted Sally Fallon’s farm, PA Bowen Farmstead in southern Prince George’s County and took the tour led by …

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The Soup Share Continues

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Be Inspired Seasonally with Rita Calvert
This week we continue with that great participation party. Of course, even in a Soup Share party, we had to have dessert. Nam-Hari in the above photo thought …

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The Soup Share Affair

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Be Inspired Seasonally with Rita Calvert
A group of us who have taken Kundalini yoga together for years, pondered ideas for a get-together. Rather than holding a sugar-laden Cookie Share, our brilliant teacher, Nam-Hari, …

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A Tasting Room Plus the “How-To”

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Be Inspired Seasonally with Rita Calvert
Holiday celebrations are aren’t over yet with a swanky New Year’s celebration still to come. Spiff up your stemware be it champagne or wine goblets and …

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Foods to Fight the Winter Blues

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  Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
With daylight savings time comes shorter days, colder temperatures, and darker mornings. Winter can be a challenging time for many people, especially in the snow belt …

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Brilliant Tipsy Tomatoes-Bloody Mary Style, for the Big Game!

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Rich, that is, by way of flavor AND nutrition. So surprise, these little bites satisfy without empty loaded calories! Since we’re talking about Superbowl, …

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Winning Winter Vegetables

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Seasonal Design with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Winter has a lot going for it, but fresh produce is usually not one of the benefits. Eating locally through the winter can be …

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Have a Hoot on New Year’s Eve

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Homestead Gardens Inspired Holidays by Rita Calvert
Here you have some cleverly darling ideas for a New Year theme, This week a fabulous truffle cookie recipe is included-Sparkling Truffle Cookies. These spccial …

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Dear Santa and Grandma’s Kitchen

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 Homestead Gardens Inspired Holidays by Rita Calvert
For all of the inspired tree vignettes at both Homestead Gardens locations, Dear Santa linking with Grandma’s Kitchen gets the most excitement. You must know …

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The Halloween Scene

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
The Halloween Scene
Only at Halloween is it ok to play with your food. At this time creativity kicks in with food that is scary, …

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A Slice of Idaho-Trailing of the Sheep Festival

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
When I got the invitation to see the 150 year old Idaho festival, Trailing of the Sheep, it was a no brainer. Off I …

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More Great Pumpkin Dishes!

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
First a bit of local farm food news: It appears that many farms offering CSA’s are now holding a season’s finale of Farm to …

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All the Bounty of Fall

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
Fall didn’t simply roll in at homestead Gardens, but rushed in with all the clamor and fervor of a great tsunami spread through the …

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Focus Local MUSHROOMS

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
We have the great fortune of being “local” to the mushroom capital of not only the U.S., but the world-Kennett Square, PA, that is! They even …

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Consider The New Carrot

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
What do I do when I want recipe inspiration? Why I take a trip around the world, of course, to peruse the various cultures …

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Get ‘Em While They’re Hot…Fall Vegetable Transplants are In!

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
As summer draws to a close, gardens everywhere can morph into a tapestry of delicious greens, from tender lettuce to frost-proof spinach, with a …

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Pure Summer Produce – Recipes

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 Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
The end of August and the time when gardens are full to overflowing and friends bring sacks of squash, tomatoes and cukes to share with growing …

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The Sustainable Cabin Creek Heritage Farm in our Backyard

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
The mud-splattered all-terrain vehicle (ATV) bobbed along the forest path, down the hill, around the bend and finally came to a stop as the curious “Woodland …

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Chili Peppers and Bell Peppers Aplenty

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
The brilliant colors draw the eye, the dazzling hues mesmerize, the enticing aroma present some of the garden’s biggest flavors…now at the height of the season. .

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Got Chickens…How About Egg Crepes?

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
With the backyard chicken trend booming, you might just have a few too many eggs. Did you ever hear of crepes made with egg as the …

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