Where's the Heat?

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook You know you'll never have trouble getting some heat with chile peppers even if we have 36 inches of snow …
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If Life Gives You Snow and Ice...

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook  Snow and Ice   One of the things I used to love about snow days was that quick faux ice cream treat. I don’t …
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Tomatoes Fresh from Homestead Gardens & the Stovetop Smoker

    Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook Many are the ways to prepare and extend the bounty of summer or even preserve hothouse tomatoes during …
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Valentine Soiree~Dangerously Delicious Chocolate and Coffee

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook I just bet you want to put on a spiffy event for Valentine's Day without any fuss. Be adventurous as you …
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What's in Your Future Harvest?

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook     Since 1994 a group of Mid-Atlantic small farmers practicing sustainable agriculture have worked together …
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Ode to Not Just Any Goat

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook     As the story goes, there are always challenges on a farm. When you come to know a farm, you are part of …
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As Comfy As it Gets + 'Food Rules'

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook       As the grip of a chilling winter wraps around us, hibernation becomes a viable escape-but not …
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A Year of Sustainable Food and What's Next?

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook     Raising Awareness Homestead Gardens increased their food growing fields and greenhouses dramatically …
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A Holiday Time for Sharing Food

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook Glories of the Snow Sharing Fabulous Food and Art First for the 'sharing', indulge yourself in a bit of …
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Spaghetti Squash

What Is It? True spaghetti squash is pale ivory to pale yellow in color, in the early 1990’s, an orange spaghetti squash, known as “Orangetti” was developed …
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Persimmons, Fruit of the Gods

by Rita Calvert, The Local Cook Word through the grapevine has it that Homestead Gardens owner Don Riddle just adores persimmons. I decided to explore more to …
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