Monthly Archives: July 2011

Keep Your Friends Close, and Their Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Closer

I have decided to take a break this week in the kitchen and allow the spotlight to shine on a dear friend and fellow foodie. I have known Brandi for just about 10 years and we have been laughing together for just as long.  On one of our latest trips to her home in Pittsburgh she honored us with one of her Strawberry Rhubarb Pies. Some folks are nervous about the addition of the latter ingredient, infiltrating the sugary sweetness of the strawberry, but I have good news for you nay-sayers. In 1947 New York State court ruled that rhubarb was used in the U.S. mainly as a fruit, so it shall be considered as such! That’s right, rhubarb is fruit. Feel better? I thought so!

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What CAN’T Goat Cheese Do?

Ok, so maybe it can’t vote, but it CAN multi-task better than any other kitchen appliance I own. And I’m including my onion-chopper-potato-slicer-light-bulb-remover-nail-clipper. It was 4 a.m., the infomercial host had an Aussie accent and I was weak. Don’t ask.

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Blossom Buddies!

It’s no secret that most Saturday mornings you can find me at Lancaster City’s Central Market. Not only is it the country’s oldest Farmer’s Market, it’s also where I get about 80-90 percent of my weekly groceries. From the freshest meats in the area to the glass bottle milk exchange, there is just something about connecting with the food, the farmers, the chefs, and the community. It was on my last trip that I stumbled upon something that (other than my garden) I could only find at a farmers market: Zucchini Blossoms. Sure they are beautiful, but why give all the glory to your eyes! Let your taste buds in on the fun too!

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Cookies N Cream N Beyond!

What amount of elbow grease, time and kitchen gadgets does it take to create these silky, pillowy, soft, chewy squares of cookies and cream? I’ll do it. Don’t make me beg! I am at your mercy just please tell me… what? 3 ingredients? 5 minutes? Well what am I doing here? Let’s get to it!

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