By Susan Reda
  • A Recipe for Italian Grandmother’s Pesto

    July 21, 2016 at 1:00 am

    Inspired by Learning Outside’s Learning Garden, sited on TLC’s Irvin Nature Preserve. My favorite space to visit at Learning Outside’s site happens to be The Learning Garden, where rows of tidy raised beds are planted with countless varieties of tomatoes, vegetables, herbs and flowers. Gardening provides hands-on experiences that integrate science, math, nutrition, language arts […]

  • Picnic Potato Salad

    June 30, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Whether it is a Fourth of July picnic or a neighborhood potluck, this simple potato salad fits the bill.   Just a few ingredients, simple to assemble and it stands up to the heat of summer days.  I found inspiration for this dish while visiting with Miles Okal, farmer/part owner of South Wind Produce at the […]

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    From Our Markets’ Bounty Returns to Chapelboro

    June 30, 2016 at 9:00 am

    From Our Markets’ Bounty returns today with a recipe for Picnic Potato Salad just in time for your Fourth of July potluck! From Our Markets’ Bounty will appear the first and third weeks of each month.  I am pleased to be back! Picnic Potato Salad I want to remind you of the bounty of farmers’ markets we […]

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    An Evergreen Tradition: Homemade Wreaths

    December 13, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Winter wreaths are usually made from evergreens and symbolize strength, as evergreens last even throughout the harshest winters. I have had my favorites throughout the years, including a living wreath consisting of ivy “planted” into a 24-inch moss-filled ring form. That beloved wreath, circa 1992, which I made with instructions and encouragement from a friend, […]

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    Crisp, Spicy and Buttery Hors d’Oeuvres

    November 26, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Everyone is familiar with the smallish bright red radishes. Leave it to Alex and Betsy Hitt, owners/farmers of Peregrine Farm and vendors at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, to introduce us to these oversized beauties. Alex describes the Watermelon radish as sweet and colorful and the Black Spanish radish as crisp, with a spicy white flesh. […]

  • Autumn in the Southern Part of Heaven

    November 1, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Autumn in the Southern Part of Heaven offers breath-taking sunsets and glorious colors of foliage.  Nature has replicated the same hues in fall produce!  Head to the Carrboro Farmers’ Market to select a variety of pumpkins, gourds, and squashes to create a seasonal display for your home, or to gift to a friend.    Coming […]

  • Baby Ginger

    September 27, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Baby Ginger, gorgeous, exotic and delicious! Thanks to Alex and Betsy Hitt, farmers/ owners of Peregrine Farm and vendors at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, you can stock up on this versatile root with its pale thin skin and mild, though distinctive sweet peppery flavor.   This will definitely be my new culinary love, as Betsy says […]

  • Last Call for Summer Salad

    August 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    As much as I anticipate the autumnal colors, chilly weather and seasonal produce, I will sorely miss the fruits of summer.  In celebration of the upcoming Blue Moon and Labor Day, I put together this simple though tasty tribute to watermelon, sun golds and garden herbs.  Cucumbers could be added and to suit your palate, […]

  • That Unmistakable Sweet Flavor

    July 20, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    For me, the taste of summer is the unmistakable, sweet flavor of sun-ripened tomatoes, fresh from the farmers’ market or the garden of a generous friend.  Growing up, my father always had a backyard plot for his treasured tomato plants that yielded varieties such as beefsteak and better boy.  Throughout the summer, my most important […]

  • Bill Smith's Green Peach Salad

    July 9, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Who can resist a mid-summer peach?  This “Persian Apple” varies in color and taste, possesses velvety skin the colors of breath-taking sunsets, and offers up intensely fragrant fruit that yields to the slightest touch, when ripe.  Though what to do with those not quite ripe peaches?  Crook’s Corner’s Executive Chef, Bill Smith, offers the perfect […]