Category Archives: Food Features

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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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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Cocktails from (or in) the Garden

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The latest issue of Homestead Gardens Inspirations magazine is naturally one of my favorites because it features my co-blogger Rita Calvert on “Pizza on the  Grill” and I was there, too, with “Less Lawn, More …

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