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Recipe: Roasted tomatillo salsa verde

Recipe: Roasted tomatillo salsa verde

Salsa verde is a delicious twist on its red cousin, regular salsa. While regular salsa gets its red color from tomatoes, the classic Mexican salsa verde gets its green color from tomatillos (“verde” means “green” in Spanish). Salsa verde gets its tangy-sweet flavor from tomatillos.

If you are not familiar with tomatillos, they are a fruit that’s in the nightshade family. While many hear “nightshade” and think “poison”, other members of the nightshade family include tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and ground cherries, all things that are both tasty and good for you. Like ground cherries, tomatillos grow inside thin husks. You may have seen them at grocery stores around the Hispanic produce, but they are also sometimes offered at farmers market. They are simple to grow and do surprisingly well in our climate. Think of them as similar to growing peppers or tomatoes. They offer some pretty spectacular yields.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 10/06, 2014 at 10:19 AM

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Recipe: Swiss steak makes for a delicious “retro” meal

Recipe: Swiss steak makes for a delicious “retro” meal

Way back when, Swiss steak was a great way for people to use inexpensive cuts of beef to make a great meal. This seemed to be mainly a Pennsylvania thing back in the day as when I got to California I never saw it on any menus. I got a hankering for it one day and made up a batch which I took to work with me for lunch the next day. When I was heating it up in the microwave, yes we had them even back then, my colleagues came wandering in to find out where that heavenly aroma was coming from.

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{name} Posted by James Sechrengost on 09/30, 2014 at 09:23 AM

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Recipe: Roasted tomatoes offer a tasty way to say farewell to summer

Recipe: Roasted tomatoes offer a tasty way to say farewell to summer

By LaCreta Holland

Summer is still producing my favorite veggies, but with a nip in the air, not for much longer! I shopped at the Tuesday Farmers Market in Boalsburg this week and found very good prices on the last tomatoes of the summer. I don’t look forward to winter, so a basket of tomatoes right now really makes me smile. There are lots of ways I want to use them, now and in the future.

I like to use them fresh in pasta dishes. This angel hair pasta is mixed with grilled shrimp. Garlic and tomatoes sauteed in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil are added and a handful of julienne basil are mixed in. A very fresh tasting pasta for the end of the summer.

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{name} Posted by Local Food Journey on 09/18, 2014 at 12:10 PM

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Recipe: Zucchini Tian makes a perfect meatless late summer meal

Recipe: Zucchini Tian makes a perfect meatless late summer meal

By LaCreta Holland

What is a “tian?”

A tian is “a dish of finely chopped vegetables cooked in olive oil and baked au gratin.”  My tian is an adaptation of a Julia Child recipe–it makes a great side dish or you can use it, as I did, as the main course for a meatless meal.

After all, with so many lovely fresh vegetables available right now, why would you need meat?

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{name} Posted by Local Food Journey on 08/27, 2014 at 09:13 AM

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Recipe: Zucchini Egg Bake a tasty solution to too many zucchinis

Recipe: Zucchini Egg Bake a tasty solution to too many zucchinis

Editor’s Note: We will be getting contributions to Local Food Journey from time to time from LaCreta Holland, who runs Happy Valley Learn to Cook, a local food blog, and teaches cooking classes in State College. Her first post offers up a wonderful recipe that will help you use up all those zucchinis that are coming non-stop from your garden.

We visited friends over the 4th of July holiday and they feed us very well. For brunch one morning, we were served Zucchini Egg Bake, a moist and herb-y egg creation that we could not stop eating! I had to get the recipe.

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{name} Posted by Local Food Journey on 08/19, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Tags: zucchini | recipe | eggs |

Recipe: It’s still blueberry time! Giving blueberries a chance to shine on the grill

Recipe: It’s still blueberry time! Giving blueberries a chance to shine on the grill

Blueberry season can last well into August here in Central Pennsylvania, and you can still find the little blue globes of greatness at farmers markets, farm stands, and pick-your-own farms like Mountainhome Farm in Julian. Blueberries have a lot of things going for them beyond taste, including lots of antioxidants.

Most people think of blueberries as a dessert food, but blueberries can be a star in savory recipes, such as salads and meat dishes. I have found that blueberries go well with meats such as pork and chicken. With this in mind, this recipe for grilled chicken thighs with honey blueberry sauce is a good introduction to the idea of blueberries as part of an entree.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 08/12, 2014 at 09:54 AM

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Recipe: Armadillo Eggs put a deliciously spicy twist on Scottish eggs

Recipe: Armadillo Eggs put a deliciously spicy twist on Scottish eggs

When I was stationed in Southern California I went to my first Renaissance Fair. It was held on the fairgrounds where the US Festival back in the 80s was held in the Cajon Pass near San Bernardino CA. It was later the Blockbuster Pavilion and then something else. It was at the Renaissance Fair that I was introduced to Scottish Eggs.

I know, I know, the recipe is for Armadillo Eggs but you need a little background. This is the first time I ever had anything wrapped in sausage and fried. I mean who wouldn’t like a complete breakfast all in one item. Imagine a hard boiled egg, wrapped in sausage, rolled in bread crumbs, and deep fried or baked. So when I was visiting a friend in Texas he took me out to dinner. It was here I was introduced to Armadillo Eggs.

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{name} Posted by James Sechrengost on 07/24, 2014 at 01:08 PM

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The perfect summer side: kale and pasta salad

The perfect summer side: kale and pasta salad

Pasta has to be one of my true passions. I love it in all the shapes and forms it takes, from the lowly elbow macaroni to the lasagna noodle. Maybe this is because when I was small child we lived in a neighborhood that was predominantly made up of people of Italian descent. All my neighbors, including the parents of the kids I played with, introduced me to pasta at an early age. I learned all the wonderful things that you could do with pasta from the mighty lasagna to simple, yet elegant, fettuccini carbonara.

One of my favorite and fun pastas has to be the farfalle or bow tie pasta. It is firm and holds up well to cooking and has many hidden creases to hold on to the sauce. I love this pasta for different pasta salads as it holds up to being in dressing for hours without losing any of its chew and texture. Below is a recipe for kale and pasta salad that I hope you will enjoy.

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{name} Posted by James Sechrengost on 07/09, 2014 at 09:12 AM

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July 4th grill recipe combines everything good about baked potatoes and potato skins

July 4th grill recipe combines everything good about baked potatoes and potato skins

I love baked potatoes. I love potato skins. I just don’t love the time it takes to make them when grilling. So my friends and I, while sitting around after a day of grilling, tried to come up with a recipe that would give us what we wanted without the hassle. I don’t drink and they do so as the beer flowed so did the ideas.

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{name} Posted by James Sechrengost on 07/03, 2014 at 08:11 AM

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Recipe: Cucumber kimchi a tasty variation on traditional Korean favorite

Recipe: Cucumber kimchi a tasty variation on traditional Korean favorite

When I was stationed in Southern California I became interested in martial arts. In my quest for a good teacher I met a man named Pu Gill Gwon. Now to look at him you would not be impressed. He was barely over 5 feet tall and maybe 110-120 lbs. soaking wet.

But there was something about him though that grabbed my attention. A calm self-assuredness that seemed to express itself in everything he did. I got to know him and the more I knew the more impressed I became. I never became a student I became something better. I became his friend.

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{name} Posted by James Sechrengost on 06/25, 2014 at 09:00 AM

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Recipe: BBQ ribs, a summer classic

Recipe: BBQ ribs, a summer classic

I love BBQ. I can’t deny it. People will tell you Kansas is best, others will tell you Memphis is best, others will say Carolina is best. You know what? They are all right. Each type of BBQ has its own particular something special to offer. So don’t be afraid to try a type you haven’t before. You may be surprised. I’ve cooked over wood fire, used smokers, gas grills, charcoal grills, you name it. Now I am not going to sit here and tell you one is better than the other. We each have what we have and use what we are used to. The only thing I have to say is don’t be afraid to try something different if you have the chance.

Food should be an adventure. Trying new foods and types of cooking is like a culinary journey. Taking you to faraway lands and experiencing new cultures through their foods and cooking styles. Food is one of the few things I can think of that crosses racial and ethnic boundaries. So go, try, experiment, and enjoy.

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{name} Posted by James Sechrengost on 06/03, 2014 at 09:54 AM

Tags: recipe | summer | ribs |

Recipe: Beef stew, a great answer for our rainy days

Recipe: Beef stew, a great answer for our rainy days

I love to make beef stew. On a rainy, blustery day, nothing is more comforting than sitting at the table eating beef stew and watching the rain. I used to freeze it so I had some on hand just to cheer me up when it would seem to rain for days on end.

When I used to go camping in the mountains with friends I would take along a big bag of frozen stew. By the end of the day there was nothing to do but throw it into the pot and wait until it had heated.

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{name} Posted by James Sechrengost on 05/22, 2014 at 07:40 AM

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Recipe: Potato salad raises home-building memories

Recipe: Potato salad raises home-building memories

When I was a young man I helped a friend build him and his wife a log cabin. It wasn’t one of the sprawling cabins you see on some of these new reality shows but it had three bedrooms, indoor plumbing, and electricity. I did most of the electrical work and a lot of heavy lifting moving the peeled timbers into place. Thank goodness we had chainsaws as I don’t see how those pilgrims ever got the work done using axes and hand adzes.

His wife brought us lunch every day and then stayed around and helped where she could. I look back fondly on that house, which is still standing in the San Bernardino Mountains, and the meals she prepared. One of the dishes she made was potato salad. I never was a huge fan of it, could take it or leave it, but when I tried hers I was hooked. She said to let them steam in the pot, which stopped the potato salad from being soggy and mushy. She gave me the recipe when I left and every time I make it I think of that log cabin and my friends.

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{name} Posted by James Sechrengost on 05/13, 2014 at 09:45 AM

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Recipe: Dandelion salad with hot bacon dressing a PA Dutch Easter staple

Recipe: Dandelion salad with hot bacon dressing a PA Dutch Easter staple

To many, the image above may cause anger because the dandelion is considered one of the worst lawn and garden weeds to control. However, to many of the Pennsylvania Dutch persuasion, dandelions are good to eat and are a staple at the Easter table. They are, as we all know, quite plentiful and are ready to harvest right now so you can gather enough for Easter dinner.

There are two key points to remember when harvesting dandelions. First, perhaps most importantly, make sure you are not harvesting greens from ground that has been hard hit with herbicides and other chemicals. In fact, there are cultivars of dandelions that you can grow in your garden. Second, you must harvest the greens before the flower head appears. Once that happens, they become so bitter they are inedible.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 04/18, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Tags: recipe | dandelion | spring | Easter | bacon |

A perfect recipe for your first day of trout season catch

A perfect recipe for your first day of trout season catch

Tomorrow is practically a Central Pennsylvania holiday—first day of trout season! Our area is known across the country as a prime area for trout fishing, boasting legendary trout streams like Spruce Creek, Penn’s Creek, Bald Eagle Creek, and Black Moshannon Creek. Saturday these streams will be filled with anglers trying their luck.

There are three different species of trout to be caught in our streams, including brook, brown, and rainbow, and all are quite tasty. This recipe allows the trout’s flavor to stand more or less on its own, with assistance of two other tastes of spring, the grill and fresh local spinach.

Here is the recipe for Grilled Butterfly Trout Over Spinach (good luck tomorrow and hopefully you’ll catch something that will allow you to try this recipe!):

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 04/11, 2014 at 09:30 AM

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Taking back the reputation of fava beans

Taking back the reputation of fava beans

There is no doubt that Anthony Hopkins is one of the finest actors of all time. In fact, he is so good, he actually managed to ruin the reputation of one tasty vegetable—fava beans.

Even if you haven’t seen his role as the cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lector in the film The Silence of the Lambs, unless you live under a rock you’ve probably heard Hopkins’ character’s infamous quote about one of his devious meals, and how he accompanied it with fava beans and a nice Chianti. To this day, I’ve noticed that whenever you mention fava beans, that scene is mentioned.  However, fava beans are not a horror, they are a tasty vegetable that has a long history as a food, going all the way back to the Romans and Ancient Greeks.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 04/03, 2014 at 08:45 AM

Tags: recipe | gardening | favabeans | recipes |

Recipe: Sausage, carrots, and potatoes an easy comfort food solution for cold winter nights

Recipe: Sausage, carrots, and potatoes an easy comfort food solution for cold winter nights

With plenty of mornings with temperatures below the zero mark and plenty of snow and ice to go with it, the winter of 2013-2014 has been a fairly harsh one compared with recent years. Such weather calls for a hearty meal, and I have the perfect solution that I brought up to Central Pennsylvania from my childhood growing up in York, Pennsylvania. And it’s easy to prepare, too, and something the whole family will enjoy.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 02/07, 2014 at 11:00 AM

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Hogs Galore pork loin a dinner party winner

Hogs Galore pork loin a dinner party winner

Hosting a dinner party can be a real challenge. You want to hit a home run with your guests, especially with the main course, but what if your cooking skills are limited? You don’t have to look far for a solution; in fact, it’s right up the road near Philipsburg, at one of our region’s local food gems, Hogs Galore.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 01/20, 2014 at 10:45 AM

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New Year’s traditions in Pennsylvania: why pork and sauerkraut?

New Year’s traditions in Pennsylvania: why pork and sauerkraut?

Many people are aware of the New Year’s tradition of eating pork and sauerkraut, including the supposed good luck and wealth it brings. This tradition is part of our Pennsylvania German heritage; the idea of sauerkraut symbolizing wealth for the new year comes from Germany. Before having the New Year’s dinner, each diner wishes the other as much wealth as there are shreds of cabbage in a pot of sauerkraut.

What about pork? Interestingly enough, the actions of a pig give us this New Year’s tradition.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 12/31, 2013 at 01:01 PM

Tags: recipe | NewYears | PennsylvaniaDutch | sauerkraut | pork |

Recipe: Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas cookies

Recipe: Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas cookies

I grew up in York, part of the original Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Therefore, there are several things that say Christmas to me that most others have no idea about. One is Der Belsnickel, a sort of nasty fellow who’s job it is to make sure children are good in the weeks before Christmas by, well, beating them with a stick. Think of him as Santa’s muscle.

Another, more benevolent aspect of Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas is some of the traditional cookies that families bake for the season.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 12/24, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Tags: recipes | PennsylvaniaDutch | Christmascookies | cookies |

Co-owner of Way Fruit Farm shares three favorite apple recipes

Co-owner of Way Fruit Farm shares three favorite apple recipes

Way Fruit Farm offers all sorts of things that are good to eat; from different types of fruit to a variety of local food products from places like Tait Farm Foods and Hogs Galore. But their bread and butter, what put them on the map, is of course apples.

As a big fan of Way Fruit Farm, I can tell you that I see a lot of people buying huge amounts of apples for all sorts of recipes. I met a woman there last year who was baking apple pies for recipes, planning on giving them as gifts…a total of 25 pies! Apple pies certainly are a great way to use Way’s apple bounty, but I recently had the opportunity to talk to Megan Coopey, who with her husband Jason are co-owners of Way Fruit Farm, about some other recipes for apples. Jason and Megan are two reasons to visit Way Fruit Farm, always friendly and helpful, and Megan was glad to help by giving me several fantastic recipes that would make a fantastic addition (or additions) to the Holiday table.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 12/05, 2013 at 11:13 AM

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Recipe: Venison chili a great way to serve up results of this year’s hunt

Recipe: Venison chili a great way to serve up results of this year’s hunt

When I was still a young man my father handed me his rifle and one bullet. He said “bring a deer home or don’t come home.” Now to some that might seem cruel. To me it was a challenge. By the time my father said that, I was good with a rifle, actually very good. He was actually kidding. Well, sort of kidding, we really needed the meat.

So I traipsed out into the snow to get some meat. I came home a few hours later dragging a buck behind me. I always enjoyed hunting. The time in the woods by myself, the skill in tracking the game, testing myself, pushing the limits. After I got older and served and did some other things I lost my taste for hunting but not for venison. So when I can get my hands on some I love to make it in new and interesting ways. Here I have included my recipe for venison chili, crockpot style.

 

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{name} Posted by James Sechrengost on 12/02, 2013 at 09:30 AM

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Local food sides share a rightful place next to turkey star on Thanksgiving stage

Local food sides share a rightful place next to turkey star on Thanksgiving stage

Traditionally, unless of course you are vegetarian or vegan, turkey holds top billing at the Thanksgiving table. We’ve all seen the classic “Freedom from Want” painting by Norman Rockwell, an image that quickly became the template for our truly American holiday, Thanksgiving. Grandma lowers the giant golden-brown bird onto the table, as all the relatives ooo and ahh.

But really, the sides are the co-stars of this culinary production, and rightfully so. While there is certainly nothing wrong with tradition, they don’t have to be sugary sweet potatoes with marshmallows, green bean casserole, or “cranberry sauce a la Bart” direct from a can (Simpsons reference). With local ingredients, they can have flair and pizzazz that almost steals the show from the big turkey (not your one annoying uncle, I mean the main course).

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 11/26, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Tags: Thanksgiving | recipe | squash | cabbage | sandwich |

Squash and corn soup perfect for blustery fall days

Squash and corn soup perfect for blustery fall days

For me, fall always means changing colors, cooler temperatures, and soups. When my wife was alive we would love putting together a soup or stew, throwing it in a crockpot and heading out to enjoy the fall season. When we got back the whole house smelled of soup. We would warm up by the fire with our bowls of soup and a big slice of bread smothered in butter. To this day those are some of my fondest memories. So to me fall is soup and soup is love and comfort. Here is one of the recipes we used to make on those blustery days, squash and corn soup:

 

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{name} Posted by James Sechrengost on 11/18, 2013 at 10:37 AM

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Recipe: Apple dumplings warm the autumn soul

Recipe: Apple dumplings warm the autumn soul

The first time I had apple dumplings I was seven. My uncle loved camping and this was the first time he asked me to go along. Now, he was my favorite uncle (shhhhh don’t tell the others) and getting to go with him had me excited for weeks before the trip. It was fall and the weather was turning colder so he wanted to get one last camping trip in before it started to snow. My uncle taught me all kinds of things about the woods and surviving and just enjoying nature. What I didn’t know was he had a favorite uncle too. Uncle Lloyd was old school and knew more about hunting and wood lore than I ever will and I’m a survival specialist. He did things around a camp without thinking that I never would have thought of to make life easier.

So when we went to go camping my uncle always made sure to stop off and visit with Lloyd before and after a camping trip to talk over where he was going and what he had seen. So we stopped off and they visited for an hour then we headed out to go camping. After a week in the woods I was ready to go home. I had learned a lot and had a lot of fun but the rock and twigs under my bed were winning and I wanted a real bed. So on our way home we stopped off to visit Lloyd. Now, I didn’t want to stop, I just wanted to go home. I didn’t want to not get invited back so I didn’t say anything but I fidgeted a lot, as kids will. Now his wife Dot noticed this and took me out to the kitchen for a bite.

What she sat before me was this large golden brown bowl of pure delight. APPLE DUMPLING! Why had I never seen one of these wonders before or even heard of them? I took my first bite and was hooked. The golden flaky pastry, the sweet glaze, the tender juicy apple and all the spices filled my mouth. Before I knew it my bowl was empty and like Oliver Twist I held out my bowl and said, “Please may I have another?” She laughed and put another in my bowl this time with a scoop of ice cream. How is it possible it was even better? Of course my uncle learned why I had never had one before. That much sweetness and an enclosed car combined with a long trip are not good combinations. I still love them and have included a recipe for them. Enjoy.

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{name} Posted by James Sechrengost on 11/12, 2013 at 09:35 AM

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Recipe: Haluski brings a real old-country flavor to chilly fall Pennsylvania nights

Recipe: Haluski brings a real old-country flavor to chilly fall Pennsylvania nights

When central and eastern Europeans emigrated to Pennsylvania in the 19th and 20th Centuries, one of the dishes they brought with them was haluski (or as some spell it, halusky). The dish is a simple one with some variations. Traditionally, haluski referred to the homemade noodles/dumplings, which were potato based much like gnocchi. However, today you can either purchase dried haluski noodles in any grocery store, or use any medium-wide egg noodle.

Growing up in York County, which is Pennsylvania Dutch country, I had very limited exposure to haluski, but when I went to Pittsburgh for college and eventually to live, I was introduced to the dish at a Polish Catholic church fish fry, which is just about the best place to have your first taste of haluski. Haluski has just a few ingredients, and the one I learned to make includes noodles, cabbage, onion, bacon, butter, salt, pepper..and that’s it. You can also make a vegetarian version by leaving out the bacon and a vegan version by using vegan-friendly noodles and olive oil instead of butter.

The flavors combine to make a fantastic dish, especially if you are a gardener like me and use a fresh-harvested garden cabbage that has been sweetened by frost. And speaking of frosty weather, this is a great cold-weather dish that’s a snap to make.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 11/06, 2013 at 09:52 AM

Tags: recipe | garden | haluski | cabbage | vegetarian | vegan |

Not sure what to do with quinoa? Here’s two great recipes

Not sure what to do with quinoa? Here’s two great recipes

A friend introduced me to this grain and I was curious as to what kind of recipes I could come up with. He loves quinoa but how many times can you eat the same thing the same way. I sat down and came up with a few. The first is a version of rice pudding using quinoa. The second is a good vegetarian version of tacos.

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{name} Posted by James Sechrengost on 11/04, 2013 at 10:59 AM

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Not sure what to do with quinoa? Here’s two great recipes

Not sure what to do with quinoa? Here’s two great recipes

A friend introduced me to this grain and I was curious as to what kind of recipes I could come up with. He loves quinoa but how many times can you eat the same thing the same way. I sat down and came up with a few. The first is a version of rice pudding using quinoa. The Second is a good vegetarian version of tacos.

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{name} Posted by James Sechrengost on 11/04, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Tags: recipe | quinoa | tacos | pudding |

Wines that match well with the unique flavors of fall

Wines that match well with the unique flavors of fall

Editor’s Note: The fall season brings food that features flavors and ingredients that are unique to the season, and this may raise some challenges for those who want to pair wine with these autumn dishes. Linda Weaver of Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery has some suggestions to help you make the best wine/food pairing call.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 10/31, 2013 at 08:24 AM

Tags: fall | autumn | recipe | wine | winepairings |

Able to take a freeze, hardy kale supplies fresh garden greens well into fall/early winter

Able to take a freeze, hardy kale supplies fresh garden greens well into fall/early winter

Kale is a superstar in the fall garden. The plant is tough as nails, able to take some very cold temperatures. In fact, myself and many other gardeners have harvested kale from under the snow.

Along with its toughness, kale has many other good properties. It’s very easy to grow, can grow in part shade, and is quite tasty. It is best after a couple of good frost/freezes, which give the leaves a sweet flavor and cuts down on the bitterness.

There are many varieties of kale, and here are a few of my favorites:

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 10/28, 2013 at 08:15 AM

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Fall recipe of apple cheesecake takes memory back to California high desert town

Fall recipe of apple cheesecake takes memory back to California high desert town

When you live in Southern California you start to miss some of the things from home. The thing I missed the most was the seasons. So-Cal had two seasons Hot and less hot. For the winter season they had some cooler days with occasional rain. So for Spring we had green. For summer it was brown. For fall more brown. Winter was brown and dreary.

Don’t get me wrong, you don’t have to shovel sunshine, so, I was happy for the most part. I did miss fall though. I love fall with its brilliant colors and cooler temperatures. It also has my favorite holiday, HALLOWEEN! Now I like the things that become available in fall for making pies such as apples, pears, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins. As you can imagine fresh apples were hard to find.

One day a friend of mine and I were talking about food, of course, when she asked me if I had ever been to Yucaipa. The blank look on my face must have told her everything she needed to know. So the next weekend she drove me over to Yucaipa, CA. Now Yucaipa has grown a lot since but back then they had apple orchards and had a fall festival celebrating apples. I was in my glory. Here was a place close by that had not only apples but seasonal leaf changes. For her help in finding this gem of the high desert I made her my Apple Cheesecake. I have included my recipe below but when ever I look at an apple my mind drifts back to that high desert city and it’s hidden treasure.

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{name} Posted by James Sechrengost on 10/21, 2013 at 09:29 AM

Tags: recipes | recipe | apple | cheesecake | fall |

Recipe: Spicy Pumpkin Patties offer a unique take on a classic fall flavor

Recipe: Spicy Pumpkin Patties offer a unique take on a classic fall flavor

Now, you probably shouldn’t ask how these patties came to be. It’s one of those stories that you only tell the people you really know won’t judge you. Let’s just say too much time+ abundance of produce + friends + late night hunger = Spicy Pumpkin Patties

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{name} Posted by James Sechrengost on 10/15, 2013 at 11:09 AM

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Rataouille recipe a tribute to a young girl’s cancer battle

Rataouille recipe a tribute to a young girl’s cancer battle

A number of years ago a friend of mine had a daughter who was battling cancer. She was going through a very hard time with treatment and became depressed. Now this young lady absolutely loved the movie “Ratatouille.”

So one day I stopped by with a bag of ingredients and two chef’s hats. On hers I had printed “REMY” with “Little Chef” in small letters right below it like the movie. On mine I had printed “GUSTEAU.” We spent the entire afternoon in the kitchen recreating the recipe for the title “Ratatouille.” Her and her mother both still bring up that day whenever I stop by to visit. So you see, it doesn’t take a lot of money to make a difference to someone. Just some of your time and willingness to make a difference in someone’s life. Here is the recipe that we came up with:

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{name} Posted by James Sechrengost on 10/02, 2013 at 09:38 AM

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Garlic lover? Then try this garlic pot roast recipe…

Garlic lover? Then try this garlic pot roast recipe…

With the closing of the recent Garlic Festival in Pocono I was reminded of the many festivals I attended in Gilroy in SoCal. Now I am a garlic lover, not to the extreme I like garlic ice cream, but I do love the pungent little relative to the onion. What you didn’t know that PA had their own Garlic Festival? Check them out at http://www.poconogarlic.com/. We used to load up a van and head to the Gilroy Garlic Festival every year. You could smell the festival miles before you ever got there. Being the foodie I am I headed straight to the food booths. There was always some new and unique recipe I could pick up there.

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{name} Posted by James Sechrengost on 09/23, 2013 at 08:30 AM

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Slow-roasted tomatoes are a revelation of flavor

Slow-roasted tomatoes are a revelation of flavor

Even this late in the season, you probably still have tomatoes in your garden, and if you’re not a gardener, probably still see good-looking tomatoes at farmers markets. If you are a serious tomato-lover, you’ve turned them into sauce, whipped up some salsa, canned them, frozen them, made some sort of pasta, made tomato salad, etc. You may think, like I did, that you’ve tried just about every use for those wonderful globes of deliciousness. But, I can recommend one way to use tomatoes that is positively amazing and yes, a revelation of flavor—slow-roasting them.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 09/20, 2013 at 09:03 AM

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Pierogi memories, plus great potato and cheese pierogi recipe

Pierogi memories, plus great potato and cheese pierogi recipe

When I was but a wee lad…okay, who am I kidding I was never a wee lad. How about…when I was a young child my grandmother used to make pierogi by the dozens. She would make potato and cheese, sauerkraut, ones stuffed with meat, and even dessert ones. Being the ever inquisitive child I was (okay, okay, being the pain in the neck, nosy, kid that I was) I always wanted to help.

Finally, when they thought I was old enough, they put me on filing duty. I was supposed to place one heaping spoon of filling in the middle of each pierogi shell. Well, after the initial “one spoon for the shell, one for me” method I actually managed to do about two dozen pierogi. With my ever expanding stomach and boredom, the filling wasn’t quite in the middle anymore but I was still working at it.

After another dozen, I came to realize this was more like work than play and didn’t want to do it anymore. My grandmother made me stay and finish the job. I got the lecture about not starting something unless I was willing to finish it. I still have lesson ingrained into me.

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{name} Posted by James Sechrengost on 09/18, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Tags: recipe | pierogi | potato | cheese |

Local Food recipes for Labor Day

Local Food recipes for Labor Day

Labor Day already? Seems like the start of summer was about two weeks ago. Time truly does fly, and soon the focus here on Local Food Journey will turn to autumn-y things like pumpkins, apples, winter squash, soups, etc. All the things we like to have when the weather gets frosty and footballs replaces baseballs.

But let’s not bury summer yet. There’s plenty of warm weather to go, including September. Here’s three great recipes that together make for a fantastic Labor Day grill meal.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 08/29, 2013 at 09:16 AM

Tags: LaborDay | recipe | greenbeans | groundbeef | zucchini | tomatoes |

Here’s two recipes to give you something to do with all those zucchinis

Here’s two recipes to give you something to do with all those zucchinis

When I was a young lad I was in Sicily in the city of Palermo doing the tourist thing checking out the castles. After much walking around viewing the sights my tired feet and grumbling stomach reminded me I had not had lunch. I stopped in a small ristorante and had a dish similar to the recipe below. Years later I remembered the dish and recreated it from what I remembered. This recipe comes from a lot of trial and error, mostly error, until I got it to the point it closely matched my memory of the dish.

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{name} Posted by James Sechrengost on 08/15, 2013 at 09:19 AM

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Gazpacho, that famous summery cold soup

Gazpacho, that famous summery cold soup

This is a great farmers market recipe. I got this recipe when I was working in a restaurant in Sun Valley, CA. The restaurant is long gone but this recipe carries on with me.

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{name} Posted by James Sechrengost on 07/28, 2013 at 10:21 PM

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Tomatoes, tomatoes, and more tomatoes: What to do with all those tomatoes

Tomatoes, tomatoes, and more tomatoes: What to do with all those tomatoes

If you are a gardener, a friend of a gardener, or frequent farmers markets, chances are pretty good that soon you will be awash in tomatoes. It’s that time of the year, and it’s hard to imagine summer without fresh tomatoes. This is, at least to me, the only time to eat fresh tomatoes. Local summer tomatoes are simply the best, and supermarket tomatoes in January with their bland flavor and waxy consistency do not even come close.

Not only are tomatoes tasty right now, they are abundant. So, what to do with all those tomatoes? Here are some recipes.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 07/24, 2013 at 07:56 AM

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Corny memories

Corny memories

When I was a little kid our family didn’t have a lot of money and things were tight. My mom was a single mother and struggled to make ends meet like a lot of single mothers do. We lived near a farm and the farmer got to know us kids as we wandered over hill and dale exploring and just being kids. Sometimes he would give us odd jobs for which he paid us in eggs and vegetables out of his truck patch. The one thing I remember most was that he grew corn for feed. If he was out plowing and I knew he was going to be in the fields all day I would bring him some iced tea in a thermos or jug if I was heading out that way in my explorations. He started to leave a small corner of his field unplanted with field corn. He instead planted sweet corn or bread and butter corn there. He told us to pick as much as we needed. We never took advantage of his generosity but only took enough corn for a meal or two.

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{name} Posted by James Sechrengost on 07/16, 2013 at 10:00 AM

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More great Fourth of July recipes (including cocktails!)

More great Fourth of July recipes (including cocktails!)

This is part two of a two-part post on local food Fourth recipes that you can serve friends and family at Independence Day gatherings. You can see the other recipes in the post right below this one. As an added bonus, today we’ve added some summer cocktail recipes as well.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 07/03, 2013 at 09:07 AM

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Fantastic Fourth recipes that will rock your holiday cookout

Fantastic Fourth recipes that will rock your holiday cookout

July 4th is a fun time, almost as much of a celebration of our American summer as it is a celebration of our American freedom. As a general rule, the gatherings of friends and family take place outside (weather permitting, of course) and take the form of the cookout/backyard barbeque. I am sure other culture do this, but the American version is unique to us. We play a variety of lawn games like horseshoes, ladder toss, etc., hang out with friends and family, and enjoy a variety of summer foods. This is the time of the year when local food really shines; and I asked a sampling of local food vendors and Local Food Journey vendors to offer some favorite Independence Day recipes that will dazzle backyard diners. In fact, I got so many I decided to do this in two parts. Today, we offer you part one.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 07/02, 2013 at 10:15 AM

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Local Food Recipe: Porcupine meatballs

Local Food Recipe: Porcupine meatballs

When I was growing up one of the things my mother used to make was Porcupine Meatballs. I think one of the reasons I liked them so much is they were sort of a rite of passage. We knew that when we were allowed to help make the meatballs we were on our way to being grown up.

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{name} Posted by James Sechrengost on 07/01, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Tags: recipe | meatballs | beef |

Strawberry fields producing now

Strawberry fields producing now

It’s getting to be that time of year. You know that time when you are out hiking and you’re keeping your eyes peeled for them, or waiting patiently at your local farmers market for them to arrive. It’s that time that strawberries can be found.

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{name} Posted by James Sechrengost on 06/21, 2013 at 08:30 AM

Tags: strawberries | recipe | memories |

How to make your own scrapple

How to make your own scrapple

Editor’s Note: Nick Benard of Bellefonte is a new writer with Local Food Journey. Nick has a local food blog called the Culinary Pen, and is interested in home cheese making with local raw milk, curing meat from local farms, gardening, and home butchering. With this post, he talks about his love of a real Pennsylvania food, scrapple, and offers a recipe to make your own.

I love scrapple. Not just for the savory taste, but also for what it represents: a need to use up every part of an animal and stretch the meat as far as possible.  For the uninitiated, scrapple is a mixture of cereal grains cooked in broth with pork meat. The grains can vary, depending on the region. The Philadelphia region is famous for buckwheat scrapple, oats are preferred in Ohio, and rice is traditional in the Carolinas.  For me, I prefer the classic Pennsylvania Dutch use of dried corn, particularly Brisner’s Best, which is traditionally dried, roasted corn milled in Pennsylvania.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 06/18, 2013 at 11:16 AM

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Morel madness!

Morel madness!

Editor’s Note: This story is by one of our new Local Food Journey bloggers, Jim Sechrengost, a Penn State employee who prior to entering the tech world was a chef in restaurants ranging from diners to Chinese places in Southern CA. He grew up in the Somerset/Johnstown area so he has a lot of local recipes from all types of ethnic backgrounds, and will be sharing them with us in the months to come.

When I was young I lived in Somerset County and my uncle introduced me to camping and all the wonders of nature at an early age. We used to go camping as much as his work would allow and he showed me how to live off the land hunting and gathering edible plants. When I joined the military I carried this love of the outdoors with me and every chance I got I would explore and find the new plants that were edible where ever I happened to be. This turned into a love of cooking and trying to find new ways to prepare some of these edible delights. I have cooked in almost every type of restaurant you can think of from Mom and Pop Diners to Chinese.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 06/12, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Tags: morel | mushroom | recipe |

At the Dinner Table with French Penn State Graduate Student Sandra Rosseau

At the Dinner Table with French Penn State Graduate Student Sandra Rosseau

Editor’s note: At the Dinner Table is a new series on Local Food Journey. The concept behind this feature is a type of conversation you might have at dinner with a friend. I am sure many of you have talked local food at dinner, while having local food on the table (how meta is that?), so this series will feature members of the local community talking about local food and the role it plays in their lives. This is the first in the series, and in this inaugural At the Dinner Table I talked to Sandra Rosseau, a PhD student at Penn State from France. She came to Penn State in 2007. Her research interests now focus on the roles that humor plays in the context of Franco-Algerian memory. In her free time, she enjoys music, photography, and as you will soon see, cooking.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 05/02, 2013 at 10:00 AM

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Recipe: Spinach salad with bacon and smoked cheese

Recipe: Spinach salad with bacon and smoked cheese

I didn’t care how many times Popeye beat Bluto after downing a can of spinach, as a kid I just plain HATED spinach. But as my culinary horizons broadened as I grew up, I quickly learned that spinach didn’t have to be a lifeless splatter of lumpy green on a plate. In fact, spinach has become my favorite salad green, and since it is a spring crop, we are in spinach season here in Central Pennsylvania.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 04/29, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Tags: recipe | spinach | cheese | bacon | HogsGalore | Gemellis | GootEssa | StarHollowFarm | GreenmoreGardens |

Hearty Chorizo, Kale and Potato Soup

A simmering pot of Portuguese Soup.

It’s February. There’s nothing I can really say that’s redeeming about local eating in February in Pennsylvania except that we’re one month closer the return of good local veggies than we were in January. 

Okay, there’s one other thing I can say. It’s a good time for soup, and I love soup. Far and away my favorite soup of all time is a Portuguese chorizo, kale and potato soup. I don’t know where the recipe is from, unless “my mother” is a suitable answer. This soup is flavorful and hearty and a good way to use any potatoes you have put up from last year that are getting all wrinkly and soft. 

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{name} Posted by Emily Reddy on 02/08, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Tags: recipe | soup | kale | chorizo | potato |

Cranberry Walnut Salad

Cranberry Walnut Salad

Tis’ the season to break out those crazy holiday recipes, and let’s be thankful for the ones that work!

Every year, cranberries are the one ingredient that I can’t seem to find a place for. I love them, but can’t bear the sight of that cylindrical slab or goopy sauce. After a myriad of berry-big failures, I’ve vowed to take a lighter, simpler approach: a salad.

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{name} Posted by Brittany Smith on 11/27, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Tags: recipe | winter | cranberries |

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Carving pumpkins is a great family activity, but if you’ve had experiences like mine, the large mess it leaves behind is such a hassle to clean. After all the time spent effortfully cutting and sawing, usually, the inner guts are gratefully tossed into the trashcan.

Thankfully, my mom taught me this salty little secret when I was growing up and it led us to having yearly masterpieces on the porch and in the kitchen. It’s so simple and delicious how the flavors marry to create an Autumn-style sunflower seed.

The best thing about this recipe is that it will work with plenty of other seedy seasonals – in my opinion, most tastefully with butternut squash.

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{name} Posted by Brittany Smith on 11/02, 2012 at 11:04 AM

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Spicy Beef Stuffed Bell Peppers

Spicy Beef Stuffed Bell Peppers

I’ve always thought the best part of fall is its’ warm colors: green, red, orange, and yellow. Not only do these colors represent a changing of the leaves, but the crisp, vibrant flavors of fresh bell peppers.

The bell pepper’s quirky shape is a perfectly sweet substitute for the average bowl, and can hold flavors twice as savory as its own.

Try adding a festive kick to your favorite fall dishes with these Spicy Beef Stuffed Peppers.

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{name} Posted by Brittany Smith on 10/23, 2012 at 11:49 AM

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Apple Coleslaw: Tastebud Touchdown

Apple Coleslaw: Tastebud Touchdown

Second quarter, 30 seconds until the half, and the only thing standing between you and the end zone is your hungry belly. What better way to continue this season than by combining seasonal ingredients in a way sure to spike your taste buds

If you love fall and football as much as I do, check out this simple recipe for a sweet and tangy apple coleslaw that everyone will love. Serve it cold or atop your favorite pulled pork recipe to land an automatic first down every time.

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{name} Posted by Brittany Smith on 10/11, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Tags: recipe | apples | carrots | cabbage |

Apple Recipe Contest

Apple Recipe Contest

Apple season has arrived! How do you like to eat the early fall fruit? Share your favorite recipe by October 1st for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Mount Nittany Vineyard and Winery.

Continue reading for some of our favorite apple recipes.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 09/11, 2012 at 01:46 PM

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Baba Ghanoush with Sea Salt

Baba Ghanoush with Sea Salt

Just three more days left to enter our eggplant recipe contest! Share your favorite recipe now for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Harrison’s Wine Grill in State College.

Looking for inspiration? Try this recipe for Baba Ghanoush from Jenna Weber for PBS Food. It makes use of the final eggplant of the season and is delicious as a sandwich spread or an appetizer with crackers and olives. 

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 08/29, 2012 at 07:39 PM

Tags: recipe | summer | eggplant |

Corn Fritters with Sweet Tangy Chili Soy Sauce

Corn Fritters with Sweet Tangy Chili Soy Sauce

I rarely find the time to sit down and watch TV, but when I do, you better believe it is almost always going to be food-related.

I recently caught a re-run episode of The Best Thing I Ever Ate on Food Network. This particular episode was about crunchy food and featured the Indonesian Corn Fritters served with a sweet tangy chili soy sauce from E&O Trading Co. (now known as E&O Asian Kitchen) in San Francisco. They looked and sounded pretty heavenly. Since I don’t have any plans to visit San Francisco in the near future, my next step was to re-create the dish in my own kitchen.

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{name} Posted by Cara McShane on 08/27, 2012 at 03:03 PM

Tags: recipe | summer | corn |

Too Much Zucchini? Try Ricotta Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Too Much Zucchini? Try Ricotta Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Tons of zucchini are a garden cliche. They are so easy to grow that’s it’s almost impossible to not have more zucchini than you need. By this time of the year, all your friends politely turn down your offer of free zucchini because everyone in their family, at work, and in their circle of friends has given them about 1,000 zucchinis.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 08/17, 2012 at 01:32 PM

Tags: recipe | summer | zucchini |

Eggplant Recipe Contest

Eggplant Recipe Contest

How do you eat an eggplant? Share your favorite recipe by September 1st for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Harrison’s Wine Grill in State College.

Submit your recipe today!

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 08/03, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Tags: recipecontest | eggplant |

Eggplant Caponata

Eggplant Caponata

Caponata is a classic dish from Italy—the eggplant soaks up the flavors of the salty and sweet ingredients and is a pleasing, flavor-filled way to eat lots of this healthful vegetable. There are additional health benefits in this recipe from the fresh, in-season garlic, the rice wine vinegar, and the cocoa powder. August is eggplant season with plenty available at the farmers markets, so stock up now! 

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{name} Posted by Kit Henshaw on 08/01, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Tags: recipe | summer | eggplant |

Field Notes: Late July and Recipe for Fresh Basil Pesto

Field Notes: Late July and Recipe for Fresh Basil Pesto

Cooler temperatures and rain offered some much needed relief over the weekend. Fortunately, it was gentle and steady enough to soak in and provide moisture to farmers around the county. The plants in the field should grow like crazy given the forecast for sun and warmer temperatures this week.

As we have been saying all season, the crops are coming on early and fast this year. This week we will have an abundance of basil, carrots and cucumbers. It is a great time to make some pesto, as well as freeze some basil for the winter months.

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{name} Posted by Kim Tait on 07/26, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Tags: recipe | summer | basil |

Blueberry Buckle

Blueberry Buckle

Blueberries are plentiful now at local farmers markets, as well as at our partners’ retail locations, Way Fruit Farm and Harner Farm. Here is a delicious recipe for Blueberry Buckle from Clare Traynor of Sweet Indulgence Desserts.

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{name} Posted by Harrison's Fresh + Local on 07/25, 2012 at 02:13 PM

Tags: recipe | summer | blueberries |

Blueberry Ice Cream

Blueberry Ice Cream

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month and July’‘s sweet berries with this easy blueberry ice cream!

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{name} Posted by Kristin Camplese on 07/24, 2012 at 02:08 PM

Tags: recipe | summer | blueberries |

Recipes from Nate Bruny of Zola New World Bistro

Recipes from Nate Bruny of Zola New World Bistro

Last week at the Learning Kitchen event, Nate Bruny, executive sous chef at Zola New World Bistro, demonstrated how to make dishes from market fresh vegetables.

Continue reading for the following recipes: Classic French Salad; Grilled Moroccan Beets with Ginger-Lime Vinaigrette; Salmon Niçoise with Red Pepper Mustard Vinaigrette.

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{name} Posted by Cara McShane on 07/19, 2012 at 08:00 AM

Tags: event | recipe | summer | carrots | beets | potatoes | salmon |

recipes from the last Learning Kitchen plus details about tomorrow’s event

recipes from the last Learning Kitchen plus details about tomorrow’s event

The Boalsburg Farmers Market will host its second Learning Kitchen event tomorrow, July 10th, from 2-4pm at the Pennsylvania Military Museum.

Join Sc’eric, Master Cocktailian from Fuji Jade Garden Restaurant, for “Cocktails from the Garden,” and Paul Kendeffy, Executive Chef at Zola’s New World Bistro and The Gamble Mill Restaurant, for “Farm to Fork: Fast and Flavorful.” Find out how to use market fresh ingredients to make cocktails and sangria and learn how to incorporate less common vegetables into everyday meals.

If you missed the first Learning Kitchen event, continue reading for recipes from Mark Johnson and Grace Pilato.

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{name} Posted by Cara McShane on 07/09, 2012 at 03:01 PM

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Celebrate July 4th with Summertime Favorites

Celebrate July 4th with Summertime Favorites

Need help with your July 4th menu? Continue reading for recipe ideas.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 07/03, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Tags: recipe | summer | holiday |

Zucchini Recipe Contest Winners

Zucchini Recipe Contest Winners

Congratulations to Ashley and Ruth, winners of our June recipe contest and recipients of a bunch of organic zucchini from our friends at Jade Family Farm. Continue reading to view the winning recipes.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 07/03, 2012 at 09:50 AM

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Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

A chocolate cake that’s healthy, too? You got it.

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{name} Posted by Kristin Camplese on 06/28, 2012 at 08:05 PM

Tags: recipe | summer | zucchini | chocolate | cake |

Summer Field Notes + Recipe for Cucumber Salad with Mint and Feta

Summer Field Notes + Recipe for Cucumber Salad with Mint and Feta

As we roll into summer, things on the farm seem to be going pretty well. The sugar snap peas are coming on, and we will start seeing them in the share this week – they are such a treat! The farmers got the strawberry plugs planted late last week, and we will look forward to having delicious berries in the share next year. We thought we might be able to get one more year out of the old patch, but it gave up the ghost earlier in the spring.

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{name} Posted by Kim Tait on 06/21, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Tags: fieldnotes | recipe | summer | cucumbers | onions | radishes | mint |

Corn and Zucchini Bisque

Corn and Zucchini Bisque

Making soup is one of my greatest pleasures. After you know the basic models and processes, you can do just about anything and use up just about anything. Plus, it is obviously about the best comfort food you can find.

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{name} Posted by Kristin Camplese on 06/18, 2012 at 08:00 AM

Tags: recipe | summer | zucchini | corn |

Zucchini Recipe Contest

Zucchini Recipe Contest

Zucchini is in abundance during this time of year. How do you eat it? Shredded and baked into bread or muffins? Grilled with yellow squash and mushrooms? Or seasoned and fried?

Share your favorite recipe by July 1st for a chance to win a pound of organic zucchini from our friends at Jade Family Farm.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 06/11, 2012 at 07:43 PM

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Early June Field Notes + Recipe for Garlic Scape Pesto

Early June Field Notes + Recipe for Garlic Scape Pesto

Very well watered would best describe the condition in the fields. Thankfully we have most of the newly planted summer crops on raised beds, which keep the plants up and out of the saturated earth. The black plastic we use to cover the raised beds keeps the soil temperature a bit warmer, the weeds at bay, and the moisture in—all good things if you are a heat loving tomato, pepper, or eggplant.

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{name} Posted by Kim Tait on 06/08, 2012 at 08:00 AM

Tags: fieldnotes | recipe | spring | garlic |

Grilled Chicken Bread Salad with Asparagus and Fennel

Grilled Chicken Bread Salad with Asparagus and Fennel

There are certain recipes that have nearly cult followings online, and the Zuni Cafe Roast Chicken and Bread Salad is one of them. I’ve never had it in person, but have heard so many people rave about it that I decided to put my own spin on it.

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{name} Posted by Kristin Camplese on 06/05, 2012 at 08:00 AM

Tags: recipes | spring | asparagus | chicken |

Winners of the Rhubarb Recipe Contest

Winners of the Rhubarb Recipe Contest

This month we selected three winners for our monthly recipe contest. Congratulations Ruth Nissly, Anne Trout, and Terri Lukens-Gable. You are the recipients of a pound of rhubarb from Jade Family Farm!

Continue reading to see recipes for rhubarb sorrel crisp, banana rhubarb pie, rhubarb torte, and more. And check back early next week for our June recipe contest!

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 06/01, 2012 at 10:15 AM

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Rhubarb Applesauce

Rhubarb Applesauce

I wanted to do something slightly more savory with my recent bunch of rhubarb, which is tough because it is very tart and needs some sugar. I settled on the idea of something “applesaucey” and it was a hit with our grilled pork. It would be great with some strawberries added in (if you like the strawberry-rhubarb combo and are willing to part with your strawberries—but I’m not there yet.)

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{name} Posted by Kristin Camplese on 05/30, 2012 at 08:00 AM

Tags: recipes | spring | rhubarb | apples | honey |

Field Notes and Mesclun Salad with Mango Chutney Dressing

Field Notes and Mesclun Salad with Mango Chutney Dressing

Farming is hardly ever a perfect world. It is often too wet or dry, too hot or cold—but then every once in a while along comes the perfect day.

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{name} Posted by Kim Tait on 05/17, 2012 at 08:44 AM

Tags: fieldnotes | recipe | spring | greens |

Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother’s Day Brunch

Don’t forget to spoil your mother this weekend! Here are a few recipe suggestions for an extra special Mother’s Day brunch.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 05/11, 2012 at 01:26 PM

Tags: recipes | spring | holiday |

Rhubarb Vinaigrette

Rhubarb Vinaigrette

Serve this sweet and tart vinaigrette from Chef Harrison Schailey over mixed greens. Then toss with sunflower seeds or almonds and local strawberries for a satisfying spring salad. And don’t forget to share your favorite rhubarb recipe!

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{name} Posted by Kit Henshaw on 05/09, 2012 at 10:18 AM

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Rhubarb Recipe Contest

Rhubarb Recipe Contest

Rhubarb stalks are typically boiled with fragrant spices or a squeeze of citrus, then combined with sweet fruit to make jam, or condensed into a sauce for pie filling. What is your favorite way to prepare this spring fruit? Share your recipe by Thursday, May 31st for a chance to win a pound of rhubarb from Jade Family Farm.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 05/07, 2012 at 10:35 AM

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Tequila Lime Chicken

Tequila Lime Chicken

Just in time for your Cinco de Mayo celebration: chicken marinated in a mixture of tequila, limes, garlic, jalapeno, and cilantro. Serve with scoop of guacamole and a side salad of corn, tomatoes, and black beans. And don’t forget about the sangria, or choose from a variety of margaritas at PBS Food.

¡Salud!

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 05/04, 2012 at 01:35 PM

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Field Notes and Stir-Fried Asparagus with Shiitake Mushrooms

Field Notes and Stir-Fried Asparagus with Shiitake Mushrooms

This crazy spring just keeps on coming! Thankfully we are getting a bit of rain to settle the dust and take the dry edge off of everything.

The asparagus was starting to come on early last week, but rapidly retreated after a few cold days – so we have a just small amount for everyone. The early spring greens we planted in March are growing and this week we get to enjoy yukina savoy. Between the flea beetles and the extreme temperatures, it doesn’t look beautiful, but it still tastes good. This vegetable needs very little cooking, which makes it perfect in stir-fry, or as a late addition to Asian style soups.

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{name} Posted by Kim Tait on 05/03, 2012 at 01:36 PM

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Sangria for Cinco de Mayo

Sangria for Cinco de Mayo

What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with a pitcher of Sangria! This recipe has been adapted from Cook’s Illustrated and makes use of readily available ingredients. For the main ingredient—red wine!—I suggest a bottle of Mt. Nittany’s Rock Hill Red. It’s on sale now, two bottles for $20.

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{name} Posted by Linda Weaver on 05/02, 2012 at 01:29 PM

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Winner of the Mushrooms Recipe Contest

Winner of the Mushrooms Recipe Contest

Congratulations to Amy Grenoble of Sandy Ridge! Her recipe for vegetarian stuffed mushrooms is the winner of our April contest, and she is the recipient of a $25 gift certificate to Fasta Ravioli Company.

Continue reading for all recipe submissions and stay tuned for the start of our May recipe contest.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 04/30, 2012 at 09:42 AM

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Spring Pasta Salad with Asparagus, Spinach, and Mint

Spring Pasta Salad with Asparagus, Spinach, and Mint

One of the best things about belonging to your local Community Supported Agriculture farm (CSA) is how quickly the season gears up — and how big your box of veggies gets. It starts small with bunches of asparagus, spinach, and rhubarb. And radishes, how I love the radishes — they are eaten the minute they get in the house.

You start to plan meals based on what needs to be used, rather than what you are in the mood for. But I find that it allows you to become much more creative in the kitchen — matching what you have with what sounds good. This dish is a perfect example.

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{name} Posted by Kristin Camplese on 04/27, 2012 at 07:55 AM

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April Weather and Asparagus Salsa

April Weather and Asparagus Salsa

Mid-April felt more like July. We had full irrigation running on the crops in the fields since the beginning of the month, as we took turns waiting for the next available hose to water a greenhouse. It was dry, dry, dry!

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{name} Posted by Kim Tait on 04/26, 2012 at 10:21 AM

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Green Coconut Curry with Chick Peas

Green Coconut Curry with Chick Peas

Curries fall into the category of totally flexible and easy and cheap weeknight meals. Lentils (or in this case, garbanzos) or Tofu are perfect for vegetarian options — but any kind of meat or seafood protein works equally well. Vegetables can be anything that you have on hand, provided that you have a nice amount of ginger and garlic. If you don’t have coconut milk and Thai curry paste (which take you in the Thai Curry direction), you can go the Indian Curry route and use a good quality Indian/Madras curry powder and garam masala with some broth or water. Serve it over rice if you like — or without rice and thick like a stew, or thinned out as a soup.

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{name} Posted by Kristin Camplese on 04/25, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Tags: recipe | spring | mushrooms | spinach | potatoes |

Mushroom Recipe Contest and Shiitake Mushroom Bisque from Chef Harrison

Mushroom Recipe Contest and Shiitake Mushroom Bisque from Chef Harrison

Did you know that Pennsylvania is home to the mushroom capital of the world? (It’s in Kennett Square, near Philadelphia.) And there are plenty of foragers in the central part of our state, as well. So let’s celebrate mushrooms this month!

Tell us—do you like cremini, portobello, shiitake, chanterelles, or the very exotic truffles? Do you eat them raw or sauteed or roasted? Share your favorite recipe with the Local Food Journey by May 1st for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Fasta Ravioli Company. Find details and submit your recipe today.

Continue reading for Chef Harrison Schailey’s Shiitake Mushroom Bisque, which he serves at Harrison’s Wine Grill in State College.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 04/04, 2012 at 03:30 PM

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Leek and Porcini Risotto

Leek and Porcini Risotto

Good risotto is one of those things that is nearly impossible to get at a restaurant. Certainly, there are places that do it well. But if I order it, I am usually disappointed nine times out of ten. It just doesn’t lend itself well to advance prep and requires lots of stirring while cooking. And you would think that would make it family unfriendly — but I find it to be the exact opposite. It is a quick and simple meal (wonderful for a vegetarian night, too) that can be done in under an hour. And the actual cooking part really only takes about 30 minutes.

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{name} Posted by Kristin Camplese on 03/05, 2012 at 11:14 AM

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Winner of the Parsnips Recipe Contest

Winner of the Parsnips Recipe Contest

Congratulations to Maureen Ittig of State College and her Parsnip Cake recipe, winner of our February contest! She is the recipient of a $25 gift certificate to Tait Farm Foods.

Thank you to everyone who participated. Continue reading to see Maureen’s Parsnip Cake and other recipe submissions. And stay tuned for the start of our March recipe contest. Details to come!

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 03/01, 2012 at 04:40 PM

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Take a Jar of Summer off the Shelf

Take a Jar of Summer off the Shelf

In my last post, I talked about the benefits of freezing vegetables to use in the winter. Now let’s look at another way of preserving your garden harvest—canning.

Canning for me brings back memories of my mother and grandmother, who both canned. They canned stuff like pears, green beans, tomatoes, etc. Pretty much straight up, old-fashioned canning.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 02/22, 2012 at 02:50 PM

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Muenster Chicken with Mushrooms

Muenster Chicken with Mushrooms

Here is a delicious winter recipe that we ate all the time growing up, and I have just updated it a bit. It’s a great casserole for a big group, kids love it, and it makes a great drop off dinner for your friend or neighbor who just had a baby.

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{name} Posted by Kristin Camplese on 02/15, 2012 at 09:56 AM

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Pulling Summer from the Freezer when it’s Freezing Outside

Pulling Summer from the Freezer when it’s Freezing Outside

During my garden harvest season, which stretches from summer through much of fall, I preserve a lot of what we get from our backyard in two ways—canning and freezing.

I like to do both because of cooking flexibility. You can do a lot of great things with canning: sauces, relishes, pickles, etc. But freezing for me tends to be about just the vegetable/fruit.

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{name} Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 02/07, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Tags: gardening | recipes | kale | winter |

Parsnips Recipe Contest

Parsnips Recipe Contest

Parsnips are root vegetables, similar to carrots, and are one of the few pieces of produce available locally in Pennsylvania during the winter. They are buttery and slightly spicy and get sweet when cooked. Parsnips are commonly broiled, roasted, or cooked in soups and stews. Let us know how you prepare parsnips by sharing your favorite recipe this month. Submit your recipe for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Tait Farm Foods.

Continue reading for some of our favorite parsnips recipes.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 02/02, 2012 at 10:47 AM

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Roasted Potato Salad

Roasted Potato Salad

Tomorrow is the last day to enter our potatoes recipe contest! How do you prepare Russet potatoes, sweet potatoes, fingerling potatoes, and new potatoes? Share your recipe for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Nature’s Pantry.

Looking for inspiration? Continue reading for my favorite potato salad recipe.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 01/30, 2012 at 03:52 PM

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Curried Chick Pea and Red Potato Hash

Curried Chick Pea and Red Potato Hash

I love the challenge of taking very disparate items and somehow bringing them together into a coherent dish. Certainly some of the dishes turn out a lot better than others, but it is always a fun experiment. In this case, I had new potatoes, garlic scapes (the green flower shoot from the garlic), green onions, parsley, and lots of eggs. I settled on a “hash” sort of thing and I was not disappointed. I love putting a slight twist on a very traditional approach and it was a delicious vegetarian entree. I served it with sauteed snow peas and a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

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{name} Posted by Kristin Camplese on 01/20, 2012 at 10:29 AM

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Year Round Good Eating and Gratin Recipe

Year Round Good Eating and Gratin Recipe

Our local food partners are the stars behind the scenes at Harrison’s Wine Grill – we purchase from more than 20 local businesses during the growing season. During the winter, we focus more on the year-round products, especially locally produced cheese like our Goot Essa cheddar and Three Belle goat cheese, both from Millheim, Pa. We are working to bring more Pennsylvania artisanal cheeses onto our menu this year because our menu items designed around Goot Essa Sharp Cheddar have been so popular, especially the gratin recipe featured below.

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{name} Posted by Harrison's Fresh + Local on 01/10, 2012 at 02:07 PM

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Potatoes Recipe Contest

Potatoes Recipe Contest

Russet potatoes. Sweet potatoes. Fingerling potatoes. New potatoes. How do you eat this starchy vegetable? Share your favorite recipe this month for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Nature’s Pantry in State College. Entries must be submitted by midnight on January 31st. See contest details. And good luck!

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 01/05, 2012 at 12:23 PM

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Winner of the Cranberries Recipe Contest

Winner of the Cranberries Recipe Contest

Congratulations to Dee Saylor of State College! Her recipe for Cranberry Salsa Dip with Cream Cheese is the winner of the December recipe contest and the recipient of a $25 gift certificate to Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks.

Continue reading for Dee’s salsa recipe, along with others for cranberry cookies, cakes, and muffins.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 01/04, 2012 at 12:33 PM

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December Cookies: Rum Balls

December Cookies: Rum Balls

‘Tis the season to indulge! Enjoy favorite holiday cookies from Local Food Journey contributors this week and next. And feel free to share your own recipes in the comment section below.

First up: Rum Balls from Kristin Camplese of Cuizoo.

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{name} Posted by Kristin Camplese on 12/15, 2011 at 03:30 PM

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Orange Marsala Cranberry Sauce

Orange Marsala Cranberry Sauce

‘Tis the season for cranberries! Share your favorite recipe this month for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks.

Continue reading to see Kristin’s recipe for Orange Marsala Cranberry Sauce.

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{name} Posted by Kristin Camplese on 12/05, 2011 at 05:28 PM

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Winner of the Pear Recipe Contest

Winner of the Pear Recipe Contest

Congratulations to Sarah Zappe of Port Matilda for her Cream Cheese and Pear Tart! She is the recipient of a $25 gift certificate to Fasta Ravioli Company.

Continue reading to see Sarah’s recipe, as well as Pamela’s Stewed Pears.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 12/01, 2011 at 02:40 PM

Tags: recipe | fall | pears |

Turkey Croquettes

Turkey Croquettes

Most of us will admit that one of the best parts of Thanksgiving is the leftovers. Here is a favorite recipe for creating another delicious meal from the turkey that might be left on the platter at the end of your annual feast.

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{name} Posted by Steve Spanelli on 11/25, 2011 at 03:55 PM

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Turkey with Marsala Gravy over Rosemary Belgian Waffles

Turkey with Marsala Gravy over Rosemary Belgian Waffles

Looking for a tasty way to use those Thanksgiving turkey leftovers? This dish takes a savory, rosemary-infused Belgian Waffle and tops it with turkey stewed in marsala-laced and butter-rich gravy.

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{name} Posted by Kristin Camplese on 11/25, 2011 at 09:00 AM

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Sweet Potato and Apple Soup

Sweet Potato and Apple Soup

This thick and creamy soup is full of some of the season’s best flavors and would make any Thanksgiving table a more festive one.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 11/21, 2011 at 03:31 PM

Tags: recipe | fall | apples | sweetpotatoes |

Apple Muffins

Apple Muffins

Honeycrisp apples are crisp and sweet and ideal for fresh eating, as well as for cooking and baking. Our friends at Way Fruit Farm harvest Honeycrisp apples each year and may still have some left this season. For hours and directions to Way Fruit Farm, visit their website. Then enjoy this recipe for Apple Muffins. They can’t be beat served warm with a glass of milk.

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{name} Posted by Steve Spanelli on 11/08, 2011 at 10:00 AM

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Winner of the Butternut Squash Recipe Contest

Winner of the Butternut Squash Recipe Contest

Thanks to everyone who participated in this month’s butternut squash recipe contest! Congratulations to Ashley of State College and her Butternut Squash Risotto recipe. She is the recipient of a $25 gift certificate to Harrison’s Wine Grill & Catering

Continue reading to see all of the submitted recipes. Enjoy!

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{name} Posted by Local Food Journey on 11/02, 2011 at 09:08 AM

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Butternut Squash and Apple Muffins with Pumpkin Seed Streusel

Butternut Squash and Apple Muffins with Pumpkin Seed Streusel

With two hungry children, I am always trying to find healthful snacks that the kids perceive to be treats. A piece of fruit may be healthy, but every once in a while kids (and grown-ups alike) crave something more substantial.  In our house, anything freshly baked is usually a winner.  This recipe qualifies as both delicious and healthy—with whole wheat flour, butternut squash puree, fresh apples, and not too much sugar.  It’s your choice whether you call it breakfast, a snack, or dessert.

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{name} Posted by Kristin Camplese on 10/20, 2011 at 07:00 AM

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Bon AppeTait:  Spicy Autumn Salad

Bon AppeTait:  Spicy Autumn Salad

I love fall on the farm. It is the season of bold flavors and stunning natural beauty. The changing leaves are slowing winding their way up Tussey Mountain, creating a tapestry of subtle color. The fields abound with beautiful fall greens and root crops, still soaking up as much sun as they can before harvest. And after months of ripening in the fields (or drowning), the winter squash have been harvested. Our attention will now turn to getting the fields into cover crops for the long winter’s rest. And all the while, I will delight in the flavor of my first butternut squash soup, as well as the site of colorful, funky pumpkins and gourds that bring fall blessings to my home.

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{name} Posted by Kim Tait on 10/17, 2011 at 02:16 PM

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Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque from Harrison’s

Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque from Harrison’s

For perfect fall flavors—the mild sweetness of butternut squash is perfectly offset with savory garlic and vegetables.  Using some local cream helps to make it rich and velvety – but minimizing cream and using vegetable stock and roasted garlic helps to keep the fats and calories down. This recipe has a lot of steps in it – and that’s what creates the complex and award-winning flavors. 

Stop in to Harrison’s for a bowl, or enjoy it from your own home.

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{name} Posted by Kit Henshaw on 10/07, 2011 at 07:00 AM

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Winner of the Eggplant Recipe Contest

Winner of the Eggplant Recipe Contest

Thanks to everyone who participated in this month’s eggplant recipe contest! Congratulations to Albert of State College and his Lavash Flatbread recipe. He is the recipient of a $25 gift certificate to Mount Nittany Winery in Centre Hall.

Continue reading to see all of the submitted recipes. Enjoy!

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{name} Posted by Local Food Journey on 10/03, 2011 at 08:22 AM

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Sweet and Sour Eggplant

Sweet and Sour Eggplant

It’s the final week to share your favorite eggplant recipe for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Mount Nittany Winery! Still looking for inspiration? Check out this sweet, sour, and slightly spicy recipe.

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{name} Posted by Steve Spanelli on 09/26, 2011 at 02:31 PM

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Change is in the Air and a Recipe for Vegetable Soup

Change is in the Air and a Recipe for Vegetable Soup

The unusually wet and cool weather of mid-September must be a prelude to a fabulous Indian Summer coming our way. Nature has its signals in every season, and the fall is no exception. The dizzying activity of insects and migrating birds, the prolific blooming of goldenrod and asters, and the breathtaking color transformation of the native Sumac all confirm the change that is in the air. And even though the tomatoes are slowly slipping away, the abundant greens, hearty squashes, pears and more, are ready to make their debut and step in where the others are leaving off. Oh, how lucky we are!

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{name} Posted by Kim Tait on 09/19, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Tags: recipe | fall | soup | celery | onions | garlic | carrots | potatoes | greenbeans | tomatoes | corn |

Asian-Style Ratatouille with Eggplant

Asian-Style Ratatouille with Eggplant

Eggplant is delicious hot or cold and can be enjoyed marinated, stuffed, roasted, grilled, fried, baked in a casserole or stewed. How do you like to prepare it? Share your favorite recipe this month for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Mount Nittany Winery.

Continue reading for a recipe from Steve Spanelli of Tait Farm.

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{name} Posted by Steve Spanelli on 09/12, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Tags: recipe | summer | fall | eggplant | squash | zucchini | tomatoes |

Winner of the Tomato Recipe Contest

Winner of the Tomato Recipe Contest

Wow! We had a lot of submissions for this month’s tomato recipe contest. Thanks to everyone who participated! And congratulations to winner Mary Gage of State College for her Green Tomato Chutney. She is the recipient of a $25 gift certificate to Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks in Millheim.

Continue reading to see all of the submitted recipes—from tomato cakes to tomato tarts to tomato bread pudding. Enjoy!

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 09/01, 2011 at 01:39 PM

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Cucumber-Tomato Salsa

Cucumber-Tomato Salsa

Today is the final day to share your favorite tomato recipe! Submit it now for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks in Millheim. A winner will be randomly selected and announced by noon tomorrow. Good luck!

Continue reading for a seasonal salsa recipe from Steve Spanelli of Tait Farm.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 08/31, 2011 at 09:57 AM

Tags: recipe | summer | tomatoes | cucumbers |

Garlicky Bread Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes and Sweet Corn

Garlicky Bread Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes and Sweet Corn

Tomatoes of all shapes and colors are still in abundance at the local markets. Pick up a box and let us know how you use them! Share your recipe by August 31st for your chance to win a $25 gift Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks in Millheim.

Continue reading for one of Kristin’s favorite simple late summer recipes.

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{name} Posted by Kristin Camplese on 08/25, 2011 at 03:22 PM

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Field Notes and a Recipe for Pan-Fried Green Tomatoes

Field Notes and a Recipe for Pan-Fried Green Tomatoes

The rain has brought with it cooler temperatures, and I’ve heard several people expressing their excitement for the upcoming fall. I, however, really enjoy the heat and the beauty of the middle of summer.

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{name} Posted by Erin McKinney on 08/11, 2011 at 11:30 AM

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Grilled Mexican Corn

Grilled Mexican Corn

Please welcome Kristin Camplese who will stop by occasionally to share recipes from her popular food blog, Cuizoo.com!

My family and I recently pledged to eat local sweet corn for the last 30 days of summer vacation. It is not a hard task given how delicious it is. And while most nights we could eat it simply slathered with butter and salt, this recipe is one of our favorites. It is really a meal in itself as it combines rich seasonings, garlicky mayonnaise, and lots of cheese. Finish with a sprinkling of cilantro and a
squeeze of lime juice, and you will be licking your fingers and buying another dozen ears for tomorrow.

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{name} Posted by Kristin Camplese on 08/10, 2011 at 01:06 PM

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Field Notes: Summer Garlic and a Recipe for Pepper Packets

Field Notes: Summer Garlic and a Recipe for Pepper Packets

It’s the middle of summer, and that means it’s time for garlic! From spring garlic to garlic scapes, and fresh garlic to stored bulbs… it’s one of our favorite year-round crops. And now is the time to hurry up and get it out of the ground and hang it to cure.

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{name} Posted by Erin McKinney on 08/02, 2011 at 05:19 PM

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Winner of the Sweet Corn Recipe Contest

Winner of the Sweet Corn Recipe Contest

Congratulations to Amanda Bachmann of State College and her recipe for Sweet Corn Ice Cream! She is the winner of the July contest and the recipient of a $25 gift certificate to Nature’s Pantry.

Thank you to everyone who participated—continue reading to see all of the sweet corn recipe submissions!

And don’t forget to enter our August recipe contest. What’s your favorite way to prepare summer’s tasty tomatoes?

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 08/01, 2011 at 10:10 AM

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Grilled Corn Salsa

Grilled Corn Salsa

Stacks of sweet corn can still be found at many farmers markets. Are you picking some up for the weekend? If so, try this Grilled Corn Salsa from Steve Spanelli of Tait Farm.

Or make your own recipe and share it with the Local Food Journey for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Nature’s Pantry in State College. Entries must be submitted by midnight on Sunday, July 31st, and the winner will be randomly selected and announced by noon on Monday, August 1st. Good luck!

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{name} Posted by Steve Spanelli on 07/29, 2011 at 02:36 PM

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Corn Salad with Sweet Chili Lime Vinaigrette

Corn Salad with Sweet Chili Lime Vinaigrette

It’s no wonder that sweet corn is right up there with tomatoes as America’s favorite vegetable. Nothing beats the flavor of fresh picked corn. Whether you eat it on the cob, or turn it into delicious salad, the time to enjoy it is now!

Try this nice, light, and refreshing salad courtesy of Cindy Tait Law. And don’t forget to share your favorite sweet corn recipe before July 31st for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Nature’s Pantry in State College!

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{name} Posted by Kim Tait on 07/27, 2011 at 10:59 AM

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Chef Harrison’s Green Beans Gorgonzola

Chef Harrison’s Green Beans Gorgonzola

Eleven years ago, former Farmer Mark from Tait Farm had a bumper crop of freshly grown green beans and showed up at our back door with several large boxes of them. Chef Harrison created this recipe and officially and deliciously launched our local foods menu.

Over the years, Harrison’s Green Beans Gorgonzola has become a seasonal summer favorite. It is easy to make at home and is a great recipe for those beautiful farmers market green beans this summer. Enjoy!

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{name} Posted by Kit Henshaw on 07/26, 2011 at 10:55 AM

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

With temperatures predicted to reach record highs today and tomorrow, what better way to manage the heat than with a bowl of homemade ice cream? It is National Ice Cream Month, after all.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 07/21, 2011 at 01:15 PM

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Corn on the Cob with Basil-Parmesan Butter

Corn on the Cob with Basil-Parmesan Butter

Grilled corn on the cob is a popular item on the menus of backyard BBQs and picnics across the country. Try this version with an herb butter that makes the corn seasoned and succulent. It’s a perfect summer treat.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 07/07, 2011 at 11:00 AM

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Field Notes: Beet Salad

Field Notes: Beet Salad

Field production is running a bit behind schedule this year, but this seems to be the case for most farms in the area. The “schedule,” of course, is always just an ideal planting time, when really we fall to the mercy of the weather in the end. But better late than never is the case this summer, as we are just now harvesting our spring turnips and beets.

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{name} Posted by Erin McKinney on 07/06, 2011 at 11:00 AM

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Sweet Corn Recipe Contest

Sweet Corn Recipe Contest

Sweet corn season is here! Do you grill it in its husks or boil it on the stove top? Do you eat it on the cob or off? What’s your favorite way to prepare this popular Pennsylvania treat?

Share your favorite corn recipe with the Local Food Journey blog for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Nature’s Pantry in State College.

Recipes must be submitted by midnight on Sunday, July 31st. Entries will be featured throughout the month, and a winner will be randomly selected and announced by noon on Monday, August 1st. Enter today. Good luck!

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 07/04, 2011 at 10:00 AM

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Winner of the Strawberries Recipe Contest

Winner of the Strawberries Recipe Contest

Congratulations to Nancy Cord-Baran of State College! She is the winner of our June strawberries recipe contest and the recipient of a $25 gift certificate to Harrison’s Wine Grill & Catering.

Thank you to everyone who participated—continue reading to see all of the strawberries recipe submissions. And stay tuned for the start of our July recipe contest. Details to come!

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 07/01, 2011 at 08:22 AM

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Final Day of the Strawberries Recipe Contest

Final Day of the Strawberries Recipe Contest

Strawberry season has sadly come to an end. What is the best thing you made this month with summer’s first berries? Share it today for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Harrison’s Wine Grill in State College. Today is the final day to enter the contest, so submit your recipe now!

Looking for inspiration?

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 06/30, 2011 at 11:48 AM

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Simple Strawberry Cake

Simple Strawberry Cake

Strawberry season is my favorite season; though it is a short one. Throughout the month of June, I enjoy strawberries on my morning cereal and swirled into yogurt, tossed with spinach salad, on top of shortcakes and waffles, and layered with vanilla cake and cream cheese frosting. We also currently have four quarts in the freezer just begging to be thawed and consumed.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 06/22, 2011 at 02:15 PM

Tags: recipe | spring | summer | strawberries |

Strawberry Vinaigrette

Strawberry Vinaigrette

Have you submitted your favorite strawberries recipe for the June contest? Share it today for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Harrison’s Wine Grill in State College.

Enjoy this favorite from Tait Farm Foods.

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{name} Posted by Steve Spanelli on 06/20, 2011 at 01:55 PM

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Pasta Primavera

Pasta Primavera

What is better than crisp vegetables, creamy dressing, and fluffy pasta? Primavera means “the season of spring,” and this recipe uses fresh vegetables that are grown locally during this time of year. The delicate dressing and pasta really highlight the diverse tastes, textures, and colors of the seasonal vegetables.

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{name} Posted by Katherine Taylor Grofic on 06/08, 2011 at 09:56 AM

Tags: recipe | spring | asparagus | mushrooms | broccoli | onions | carrots | peppers |

Field Notes: Strawberry-Rhubarb Dessert Bars

Field Notes: Strawberry-Rhubarb Dessert Bars

Tait Farm’s CSA, Community Harvest, kicked off its main season in mid-May with a bang! To see the excitement on our CSA members’ faces when they picked up their “share” of asparagus, Swiss chard, salad mix, and more was so gratifying. We work hard to produce this food, and people couldn’t wait to get home to eat it. Ideas spouted left and right for favorite green garlic recipes and grilled asparagus.

It’s a comforting bustle of people who love being a part of our CSA. Eating is something we all have to do everyday anyway, and when the ingredients are fresh, organic, and seasonal, it adds a whole other ingredient to the meal: contentment.

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{name} Posted by Erin McKinney on 06/03, 2011 at 10:21 AM

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Strawberries Recipe Contest

Strawberries Recipe Contest

How do you like to eat strawberries? Tossed in a salad? Layered in a trifle? Dipped in chocolate? Or sprinkled with sugar and set on shortcakes?

Share your favorite strawberries recipe with the Local Food Journey blog for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Harrison’s Wine Grill & Catering in State College.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 06/02, 2011 at 02:21 PM

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Winner of the Asparagus Recipe Contest

Winner of the Asparagus Recipe Contest

Congratulations to Destiny Aman of Pennsylvania Furnace! She is the winner of our May asparagus recipe contest and the recipient of a $25 gift certificate to Tait Farm Foods.

Thank you to everyone who participated—continue reading to see all of the asparagus recipe submissions. And stay tuned for the start of our June recipe contest. Details to come!

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 06/01, 2011 at 09:58 AM

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Green Garlic Pesto

Green Garlic Pesto

Green garlic is the early spring garlic that eventually turns into the normal bulbs of garlic that we all use day to day. Demand for green garlic is growing as more restaurants have added it to their menus and people have discovered its mild, but distinct, flavor. It is still primarily available at farmers markets and farm stands, but you may also spot it at gourmet markets. This pesto recipe is the perfect celebration of the arrival of green garlic. Serve it over pasta or spoon it onto grilled bread. Enjoy!

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{name} Posted by Steve Spanelli on 05/31, 2011 at 11:32 AM

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Asparagus and Bacon Quiche

Asparagus and Bacon Quiche

Here’s another recipe utilizing spring asparagus from Tait Farm’s Steve Spanelli. Don’t forget to share your favorite asparagus recipe before Tuesday, May 31st for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Tait Farm Foods!

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{name} Posted by Steve Spanelli on 05/18, 2011 at 03:11 PM

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Field Notes: Asparagus Season and Recipe for Vegan Hollandaise Sauce

Field Notes: Asparagus Season and Recipe for Vegan Hollandaise Sauce

There are two times during the asparagus season that I enjoy picking it: the first time and the last time. Don’t get me wrong; I love asparagus in every way, shape, and form on my dinner plate, but the tedious task of picking it twice a day can make a person jump for joy at the end of its season.

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{name} Posted by Erin McKinney on 05/12, 2011 at 04:08 PM

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White Asparagus Salad with Warm Shitake Dressing

White Asparagus Salad with Warm Shitake Dressing

Have you tried white asparagus? It is slightly milder and more tender than green asparagus and is considered to be the more “gourmet” option of the two. The process for growing it, however, is quite easy.

Both green and white asparagus come from the same seed; white asparagus is simply deprived of sunlight. Dirt is piled on top of the plant, which eliminates chlorophyll production and prevents it from turning green.

Either white or green asparagus may be used in this salad recipe, though the white provides a nice color contrast to the arugula, mushrooms, and tomatoes.

Don’t forget to share your own asparagus recipe before Tuesday, May 31st for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Tait Farm Foods!

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 05/11, 2011 at 03:25 PM

Tags: recipe | spring | asparagus | tomatoes | mushrooms |

Field Notes: Cold, Wet Days

Field Notes: Cold, Wet Days

Erin McKinney is one of two full-time farmers at Tait Farm in Centre Hall who oversees the fieldwork for the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, Community Harvest. Find out from Erin what is “growing on” in the fields at Tait Farm this week.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 04/15, 2011 at 03:02 PM

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Asparagus and Artichoke Dip

Asparagus and Artichoke Dip

Now that April is upon us, it means that asparagus is coming into season! This dip is a quick and easy way to utilize this versatile vegetable.

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{name} Posted by Christina Barkanic on 04/06, 2011 at 02:40 PM

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Parsnip Soup

Parsnip Soup

It’s almost April, and spring foods like green peas and asparagus are just around the corner. However, until the cold weather leaves for good, keep warm with a bowl of parsnip soup. This root vegetable is closely related to the carrot with a distinct sweet and butter flavor, which is ideal for this hearty soup.

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{name} Posted by Christina Barkanic on 03/29, 2011 at 01:28 PM

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Green Week: Pistachio Cookies

Green Week: Pistachio Cookies

Get into the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day with these festive cookies! Pistachio pudding provides the green coloring, but you could substitute another flavor like lemon or butterscotch.

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{name} Posted by Christina and Erin on 03/17, 2011 at 10:56 AM

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Glazed Carrots with Orange and Ginger

Glazed Carrots with Orange and Ginger

This isn’t the first time I’ve made this dish, and it won’t be the last.

In How to Cook Everything, Mark Bittman suggests quick glazing carrots in butter or oil with a variety of herbs for a flavorful side dish. You could use dill and lemon juice, brown sugar and walnuts, or maple syrup and pecans. But I especially like the combination of grated ginger and freshly squeezed orange juice.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 03/09, 2011 at 01:38 PM

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Chicken Pot Pie with Root Vegetables

Chicken Pot Pie with Root Vegetables

Spring arrives in less than three weeks, though March can still be a bitterly cold month. Keep warm during the final days of winter with this hearty and healthy comfort food dish that takes advantage of the final root vegetables of the season.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 03/03, 2011 at 02:01 PM

Tags: recipe | winter | potatoes | parsnips | onions | carrots |

Pesto and Prosciutto Pizza

Pesto and Prosciutto Pizza

Try homemade pizza tonight in place of delivery. It will be hot out of the oven in the same amount of time a cardboard box could arrive on your doorstep—and it’s much more satisfying.

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

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{name} Posted by Christina Barkanic on 02/15, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Tags: recipes | winter | broccoli | garlic |

Ravioli Soup

Ravioli Soup

There’s nothing more satisfying than a tasty soup to warm up a cold, snowy day. This flavor-packed soup will definitely do the trick, not to mention, it’s very simple to make!

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{name} Posted by Christina Barkanic on 02/03, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Tags: recipe | winter | pasta | carrots | mushrooms | garlic |

Pork Chop Saute with Balsamic-Dried Plum Sauce

Pork Chop Saute with Balsamic-Dried Plum Sauce

Pork is a great substitute for traditional chicken dishes that can get repetitive and boring. For this dish, garlic, shallots, and dried plums (which add a sweet zest to the sauce) compliment each other and are absorbed by the pork chops. This is a quick and easy recipe that will please all!

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{name} Posted by Christina Barkanic on 01/31, 2011 at 02:51 PM

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Pear Pizza

Pear Pizza

Pears are sweet and juicy and provide a bright note to cold weather meals. They pair nicely with pungent and creamy cheeses, caramelized onions, and walnuts — all of which have a place on this pizza.

What’s on your January pizza?

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 01/11, 2011 at 03:04 PM

Tags: recipe | winter | fall | pears |

Roasted Butternut Squash Orzo

Roasted Butternut Squash Orzo

December dinners tends to be hearty and heavy, and sometimes we need a break from weighty winter food. Enter roasted butternut squash orzo with wilted spinach and dried cranberries.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 12/15, 2010 at 02:00 PM

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Moroccan Vegetable Stew

Moroccan Vegetable Stew

Warm up this wintry weekend with a bowl of spicy Moroccan vegetable stew. It combines seasonal root vegetables with cinnamon, cumin, and paprika and a splash of sweet coconut milk at the end. The list of ingredients may seem long, but this soup couldn’t be simpler or more satisfying.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 12/10, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Tags: recipe | fall | onions | butternutsquash | potatoes | carrots | celery |

Maple and Sage Roasted Root Vegetables

Maple and Sage Roasted Root Vegetables

Here’s a versatile, sweet, and savory recipe to make use of your favorite winter vegetables. Try it as an accompaniment to chicken in puff pastry with apple butter and Fontina cheese or mustard-baked chicken with pretzel crust.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 12/03, 2010 at 02:21 PM

Tags: recipe | fall | turnips | carrots | parsnips | potatoes | mushrooms |

Pumpkin and Gruyere Fondue

Pumpkin and Gruyere Fondue

Turn the final pumpkins of the season into vessels for rich Gruyere fondue. This recipe comes form farmer and cook Steve Spanelli of Tait Farm.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 11/24, 2010 at 01:09 PM

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Winter Squash Quiche

Winter Squash Quiche

Monday night football was on the television, and the guys were at my place with their eyes glued to the screen. Anxious to have new recipe test subjects, I proposed that I make some food. However, when I mentioned squash, a loud groan echoed throughout my apartment.

“Why can’t we just order wings?” and “Really? Vegetables for a football game?” But I stood my ground, and finally they admitted that free food was better than no food at all.

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{name} Posted by Michele Frank on 11/23, 2010 at 01:04 PM

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Parsnips and Potatoes Bake

Parsnips and Potatoes Bake

My grandmother makes homemade potatoes au gratin for every big family event. I love her recipe, and I wanted to experiment with locally grown parsnips before they disappear into winter. The outcome is a delicious twist on an old favorite.

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{name} Posted by Michele Frank on 11/11, 2010 at 02:53 PM

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Cajun Cauliflower Hash

Cajun Cauliflower Hash

Fall vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, mustard greens, and cauliflower are here for just a few more weeks, so take advantage of them now!

Remember to thoroughly wash your market cauliflower before using it. Dissolve 1/4 cup salt in warm water and add cut cauliflower. Fill the rest of the bowl with cold water, and soak for 1/2 hour. Rinse thoroughly and several times, and then enjoy this tasty Cajun hash recipe from Tait Farm.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 11/09, 2010 at 11:18 AM

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Turnip Fries

Turnip Fries

During high school, I was always on some crazy fad diet. As a result, my cravings for unhealthy foods were always through the roof. As a way to conquer those cravings, I was constantly searching for healthy tasty alternatives that wouldn’t ruin my diet. During one of those creative cooking sessions, I came up with a cheap, easy, and healthy recipe substitute for French fries. They taste just as good minus the guilt that comes with fast food.

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{name} Posted by Michele Frank on 11/08, 2010 at 11:36 AM

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Spiced Apple Cake

Spiced Apple Cake

This cake is tart and moist with the sweet crunch of raw sugar baked into the top. And it’s perfectly acceptable to enjoy a slice for breakfast.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 11/02, 2010 at 04:04 PM

Tags: fall | recipe | apples |

Apple Harvest Quinoa

Apple Harvest Quinoa

Have you cooked with quinoa? If not, you should. Yes, it’s packed with protein and essential amino acids, but it’s also light and fluffy and mildly nutty. It provides the perfect canvas for a variety of fall flavor combinations: honey and berries, chicken stock and leafy greens, carrots and tart apples, even vegetarian meatballs.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 10/26, 2010 at 10:30 AM

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Autumn Salad

Autumn Salad

This salad recipe is easily adaptable to include your favorite fall fruits: apples, cranberries, grapes, pears, or pomegranates. Drizzle the warm, sweet dressing on top and garnish with blue cheese and pecans for a simple weeknight dinner.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 10/22, 2010 at 01:50 PM

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Vegetable Broth

Vegetable Broth

During this time of year, I often have a lot of vegetables hanging out in my refrigerator. What is one of the easiest ways to use up 5 lbs. of turnips, carrots, beets, squash, onions, and garlic? Vegetable broth. This recipe is highly adaptable; start with the one below and add in any extra veggies you have laying around. It will be perfect for risottos and sauces throughout the winter.

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{name} Posted by Jessica Reilley on 10/20, 2010 at 11:27 AM

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Spaghetti Squash with Stewed Tomatoes

Spaghetti Squash with Stewed Tomatoes

Squash is more than a front porch decoration placed alongside pumpkins and gourds. Acorn squash can be roasted with maple syrup and brown sugar; butternut squash can be baked with apples and Gorgonzola; and cooked spaghetti squash can be topped with stewed tomatoes and Parmesan cheese.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 10/18, 2010 at 11:22 AM

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Salmon with Tomato Chutney Sauce

Salmon with Tomato Chutney Sauce

Now that the local salmon fishermen (and women) have returned to central Pennsylvania from their summer fishing expeditions in Alaska, there is wild-caught, fresh-frozen salmon available at area farmers markets and natural food stores. Tait Farms offers this recipe for a simple and tasty dinner. The sauce is also excellent on meatballs, meatloaf, pork chops, and baked chicken.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 10/13, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Tags: recipe | fall | fish |

Stuffed Pumpkins

Stuffed Pumpkins

I love October. I love the leaves, the Halloween decorations, and most of all, the pumpkins. Every year, on October 1st, I embark on a quest for the perfect pumpkins. Once I have found them, I try to come up with innovative ways to use them for cooking, outside of the typical pumpkin pie. Here is the perfect recipe for entertaining this fall. It is simple, quick, and the finished product is cute and tasty.

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{name} Posted by Michele Frank on 10/11, 2010 at 09:28 AM

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Sauteed Delicata Squash with Apples and Thyme

Sauteed Delicata Squash with Apples and Thyme

‘Tis the season for squash! Try this savory dish with delicata squash (also known as sweet potato squash), apples, and thyme.

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{name} Posted by Jessica Reilley on 10/07, 2010 at 11:06 AM

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Steak au Poivre

Steak au Poivre

Whenever I want to impress someone with my cooking this is my go to recipe. I have yet to meet someone who dislikes it, and in fact, it usually becomes one of their favorite meals. Everyone in my family is in love with this steak. Every time I go home to visit them, they ask me to make this. While this is recipe is intended to serve two people, it can easily be doubled for more.

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{name} Posted by Michele Frank on 09/30, 2010 at 02:46 PM

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Butternut Squash, Apple, Gorgonzola Gratin

Butternut Squash, Apple, Gorgonzola Gratin

Here’s a recipe to add to your autumn arsenal. It’s tart and tangy and pairs well with slow-cooked pork and sweet pumpkin ale.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 09/24, 2010 at 12:22 PM

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Roasted Acorn Squash

Roasted Acorn Squash

Fall is here! Which means it’s time for squash. Acorn squash, in particular, has great flavor and only requires a small amount of prep time to create a delicious side dish.

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{name} Posted by Jessica Reilley on 09/23, 2010 at 01:13 PM

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Pork and Apple Meatballs with Asian Plum Sauce

Pork and Apple Meatballs with Asian Plum Sauce

Thank you to Kim Tait from Tait Farms for sharing her recipe for pork and apple meatballs. They would make a nice addition to your tailgating table, or they can be served over noodles as a main course.

What is your favorite fall recipe? Share it here.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 09/21, 2010 at 12:41 PM

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Okra Hash with Spicy Sausage

Okra Hash with Spicy Sausage

Some folks are intimidated by okra, most likely due to its foreign origin and slimy texture. Before creating this recipe, I had only eaten fried okra, and, admittedly, it was not on the top of my list to eat again. But I wanted to give the vegetable a second chance.

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{name} Posted by Michele Frank on 09/14, 2010 at 09:56 AM

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Roasted Cabbage

Roasted Cabbage

We love to roast vegetables—it’s our favorite way to enjoy them. The high, dry heat of the oven caramelizes the sugars in the vegetables and highlights their natural sweetness. You can roast tomatoes, asparagus, eggplant, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, beets, and most root vegetables.

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{name} Posted by Jessica Reilley on 09/08, 2010 at 04:30 PM

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Cucumber Melon Salad

Cucumber Melon Salad

Labor Day may represent the unofficial end of summer, but farmers markets continue to carry sweet, juicy produce like melons and cucumbers through the end of the month.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 09/07, 2010 at 03:03 PM

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Chicken in Mushroom White Wine Sauce

Chicken in Mushroom White Wine Sauce

After chatting with Sandy Alexander from Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery, I decided I had to cook with wine. It was a new and intriguing challenge that I took head on. My three friendly “guinea pigs” tasted this creation and agreed it was a hit. If you like your sauce to be a tad creamier, you can add a tablespoon or two of flour while it’s cooking. But I prefer the fluid texture against the rice and chicken.

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{name} Posted by Michele Frank on 09/01, 2010 at 03:04 PM

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Apples in Sweet Red Wine Sauce

Apples in Sweet Red Wine Sauce

I have never enjoyed the overwhelming sweetness associated with desserts. When I was a little girl, my mother made this apple dish so I wouldn’t feel left out during dessert time. To this day, I have been working to recreate her recipe, and I think this is as close as I will ever get. It is a little tangy and a little sweet, just perfect for those of us who like a little bite to our desserts.

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{name} Posted by Michele Frank on 09/01, 2010 at 02:54 PM

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Pesto Pizza

Pesto Pizza

It seems like just yesterday that we planted our first garden of peppers, tomatoes, and herbs. But now, in late August, the tomato vines are browning and the basil leaves are wilting.

Before our backyard trees turn shades of auburn and gold, we celebrated the end of summer with pesto pizza.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 08/30, 2010 at 11:46 AM

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Sautéed Pepper and Onion Pasta

Sautéed Pepper and Onion Pasta

Here is a quick and easy pasta salad, perfect for the summer to fall transition time. It can be served either hot or cold and pairs well with heavy wheat beer.

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{name} Posted by Michele Frank on 08/25, 2010 at 12:34 PM

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No-Knead Bread

No-Knead Bread

We don’t buy grocery store cookies or cakes (with the exception of peanut butter pie from Wegmans), so why have we settled for bagged bread for so long?

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 08/24, 2010 at 12:40 PM

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Watermelon Granita

Watermelon Granita

Before summer turns to fall, take advantage of late August melons with this easy granita recipe.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 08/18, 2010 at 10:28 AM

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Orzo with Roasted Eggplant and Cinnamon-Cumin Dressing

Orzo with Roasted Eggplant and Cinnamon-Cumin Dressing

Since seeing Food, Inc. and reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma, I’ve become more conscious of the food I eat — especially the meat I eat.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 08/16, 2010 at 01:49 PM

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Corn Tomato Cilantro Salad

Corn Tomato Cilantro Salad

This quick and simple side dish makes use of two popular August ingredients: corn and tomatoes. Add spicy jalapeños and fragrant cilantro and serve alongside your favorite Mexican main course. 

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 08/11, 2010 at 01:20 PM

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New Potatoes with Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette

New Potatoes with Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette

This quick recipe is a tangy, savory way to spice up roasted potatoes.

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{name} Posted by Jessica Reilley on 08/02, 2010 at 01:25 PM

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Blueberry Peach Cobbler

Blueberry Peach Cobbler

Some people love summer for its long, leisurely days. I love it for its abundance of local fruit.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 07/28, 2010 at 09:19 PM

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Creamy Cilantro-Lime Slaw

Creamy Cilantro-Lime Slaw

This light, creamy dressing is great not only on cabbage and coleslaw, but also on salads and fresh vegetables, like cucumbers.

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{name} Posted by Jessica Reilley on 07/26, 2010 at 03:00 PM

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Broccoli Salad with Cranberries and Almonds

Broccoli Salad with Cranberries and Almonds

Looking for a simple compliment to a summer cookout? Try chopped fresh broccoli, sweet cranberries, and crunchy toasted almonds tossed with a tangy buttermilk dressing.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 07/21, 2010 at 12:24 PM

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Simple Saturday Morning Frittata

Simple Saturday Morning Frittata

Don’t you love Saturday mornings? When mugs of coffee and magazines replace alarm clocks and commutes.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 07/17, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Tags: recipe | summer | breakfast | eggs | parsley | potatoes | peppers |

Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic Scape Pesto

We received about half a pound of garlic scapes two weeks ago from our CSA. Even though I’ve seen and heard of scapes, I wasn’t sure what part of the garlic plant the scape came from.

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{name} Posted by Jessica Reilley on 07/12, 2010 at 03:45 PM

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Slow Cooked Green Beans

Slow Cooked Green Beans

Green beans are sold canned and frozen year round. But you can find cartons of fresh whole beans at your local market now through September.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 07/09, 2010 at 02:00 PM

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Pea and Mint Risotto

Pea and Mint Risotto

Do you have mint growing in your garden? Pair it with summer peas for a hearty risotto.

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{name} Posted by Jessica Reilley on 07/05, 2010 at 11:47 AM

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Oriental Pork Stir Fry

Oriental Pork Stir Fry

Stir fry recipes are fun and easy to prepare and make good use of summer produce.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 07/01, 2010 at 03:49 PM

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Caramelized Tofu over Sautéed Greens

Caramelized Tofu over Sautéed Greens

This nutritious one pan meal is provided by Jessica from Gilbertsville, Pa.

Do you have a favorite seasonal recipe to share? Complete our form, and we’ll feature your recipe on the Local Food Journey.

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{name} Posted by Jessica Reilley on 06/25, 2010 at 10:24 AM

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Strawberry Shortcake Cake

Strawberry Shortcake Cake

A traditional chocolate cake with fluffy white frosting is a fine dessert choice, but during the month of June, why not choose a seasonal strawberry shortcake cake?

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 06/24, 2010 at 09:55 AM

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Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad

This simple summer salad combines tender spinach leaves and fresh sliced strawberries with a sweet dressing and crunchy sunflower seeds.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 06/23, 2010 at 09:33 AM

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Radishes and Cucumbers with Shallot Dressing

Radishes and Cucumbers with Shallot Dressing

Root vegetables aren’t just consumed during cold weather. The radish is a root vegetable that is available in Pennsylvania during the months of May, June, July, and September. It is during these warm months that the crop is at its sweetest.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 06/17, 2010 at 10:26 AM

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Orzo with Asparagus and Peas

Orzo with Asparagus and Peas

Asparagus and peas are quintessential spring produce options in central Pennsylvania. Both are available at your local farmers market through June when corn and cucumbers will take their turns.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 06/14, 2010 at 05:05 PM

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Braised Chicken with Spring Vegetables

Braised Chicken with Spring Vegetables

Winters in central Pennsylvania can feel endless, especially those that bring several feet of snow. But fortunately we live in a state where temperatures and food choices change with the season.

And so we anxiously anticipate the first signs of spring: dogwood trees and flocks of robins and farmers markets.

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{name} Posted by Emily Wiley on 06/01, 2010 at 04:16 PM

Tags: recipe | spring | chicken | carrots | parsnips | radishes | potatoes | onions | peas | parsley | market |

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