Category Archives: Local Food

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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New Year’s Resolution: Healthy Eating for All (so)…Go for the Garden!

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Be Inspired Seasonally with Rita Calvert
The holidays are receding from view, and the excitement of the new year is brimming with healthy options for your eating and growing pleasure. Here …

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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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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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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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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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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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Clean Food-Kitchen Garden Menus

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
Every so often I’ll be posting a seasonal and local “clean food” menu grown close to home…maybe from your own garden. 
WHAT is …

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Gussied-Up Grilled Eggplant

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 Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
Have you been getting the eggplant in the height of the season and noticing how great they taste compared to those other times of the year? …

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Let the Garden Tell You What to Eat…And How to Be a Creative Leader

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Summer squash is what most gardeners and farmers in the region are finding in abundance this time of year. That’s the produce focus  this week. Grill, roast, …

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A Celebration of Wild Eats From Our Bees

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 Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
The information below is so important during National Pollinator Week, I had to share it directly with you. On our blog Wednesday, Susan Harris shared …

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Give Dad a Hand on Father’s Day

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 Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Fire it Up for Father’s Day is the all-time great present for your guy! The gift of a live-fire grilling adventure, wine paring with The Vineyard …

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Al Fresco Fest (at least 60 people)

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
 The sun did shine, the temperature warmed to a lovely mid 70‘s, the live band (the Vinyls) was rockin’,   but did that wind ever blow! …

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Celebrating the Allium

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Consider the onion, the allium. The generic name Allium is the Latin word for garlic. The genus, includes the various edible onions such as …

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Highlight: Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Vegetables are the new heroes of the food world, as more and more of us try to eat healthier meals, many attempt …

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Highlighting Spring’s Fresh Ingredients

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Highlighting Spring’s Fresh Ingredients
 Spring ingredients are in the culinary picture-front and center. I was just reading an article about chefs who are …

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Garden to Glass Continues

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
More recipes with those bright green herbs and produce for your drinks-with or without alcohol. Rum, vodka or even tequila will work with the Honey …

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“Garden To Glass”-Herb and Produce Loaded Drinks

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 Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
The sun highlights the gently blowing leaves of tender young herbs in the verdant landscape soon to be graced with fruits and vegetables of …

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Herbs-Front and Center

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
We’ve all been glowing a little bit here from spending glorious hours outside. While the weather has played its part in sun kissing our …

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