By Susan Reda
  • Italian Flag Lunch

    May 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Several times this week I enjoyed a simple though perfect lunch of deep green spinach leaves and radishes from Peregrine Farm, amazingly juicy tomatoes from Sunny Slope Farms with shredded basil from my herb garden.  When ingredients are this fresh, there is no need to do anything except to sprinkle with sea salt and cracked […]

  • Aioli, Mais Oui!

    March 30, 2012 at 11:00 am

    The debate over favored mayonnaises can get heated and personal.  I prefer Duke’s to Hellman’s, though my absolute, hands-down best recommendation is homemade aioli.  This Provencal sauce is simple to make and has very few ingredients.  You will be whisking up a storm, though the silky and supple finished product will have you proudly exclaiming, […]

  • Kale Chips

    March 20, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Cindy Soehner and me with kale in our hands This past Saturday I was at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, which seemed to have sprung back to life as a result of the incredibly warm weather we have had this past week.  The song “Morning has Broken” began playing through my mind as I wandered through […]

  • Irish Heritage and an appreciation for Potato and Leek Soup

    March 13, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    We have Sir Walter Raleigh to thank for debunking the notion that potatoes were poisonous and, indeed, planting them on property he owned in Ireland in the 16th Century.  The Irish knew a good thing when they saw it and a hundred years later were growing and consuming the potato in great quantities.   I love […]

  • Turn to Turnips

    March 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    The saying “You can’t squeeze blood from a turnip” is thought to have Biblical origins, though I suggest you forget about that and embrace this root vegetable and its greens as a delicious and versatile source of Vitamins C, A, and K, as well as calcium and foliate.  Turnips are considered a winter-time produce, though […]

  • Big Spoon Roasters

    January 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    If you follow my postings, you are familiar with my passion for the farmers’ markets and local artisans. Celebrating Our Markets’ Bounty, indeed! Let me tell you about when I met Big Spooners, Mark Overbay and partner, Megan Lynam in April 2011 on their first day as a vendor at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market. First […]

  • Cooking up a Storm = Super Soup

    January 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    The beginning of January is the “re” time. Resolve, re-invent, re-invigorate, renew, reactivate, rebound, reorganize, replace, repose, restore and revel. All action verbs used in a most positive way to embrace the infinite potential of things to come in the New Year. After continuous and cherished days of visiting and visitors, on January 1, I […]

  • Winter Market Salad

    December 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    The days from that third Thursday in November to the first day of January are filled with celebrations of all kinds. Family dinners, brunches, cocktail parties, a lunch with special friends and every now and then an extravagant multi- course dinner at a five-diamond restaurant! I love it all and toast the season every chance I […]

  • Picture This

    November 7, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Picture this: Crisp autumn day. Trees showing off in brilliant hues of crimson, orange, and yellow. Clear, pristine Carolina blue sky. Crunchy leaves and acorns under foot. Clean car, top down, sun and breeze in our faces. Got it? Then you have a mental image of the beautiful composition that made up a recent afternoon […]