Category Archives: Local Food

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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Vegetables in the Front Yard

The local food movement is sweeping the nation. Support for Farmer’s Markets and Community Supported Agriculture have reconnected people with their food and their farmers. Many have been inspired to take the next step and …

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Growing Those Tomatoes in Containers

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

Tomatoes are the cornerstone for my kitchen garden and perhaps for most folks because the just-picked vibrant hue and aroma is incomparable. Now we …

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