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Homeplate: A quick primer on FODMAP foods

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Warning: This is not one of my usual food columns filled with delicious recipes and lovely photographs. In fact, this column is going to get downright unappetizing. But before you stop reading, consider these questions: Do you have gastric distress – symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea or constipation – that remain unexplained even after thorough medical evaluations? Have you kicked bread and pasta out of your life because you feel crummy when you eat them and are convinced you are gluten intolerant, even though you have tested negative for celiac disease? Do you drink only sugar-free soda but still feel bloated? Have you given up …

Home Plate: Fall produce is perfect for homemade crostata

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It’s the time of year when gardens are bursting with so much produce, we can’t keep up with it. This year was a bad one for pears and peaches at my house, but a great one for grapes and tomatoes. Mysterious, but fine. One can only handle so many surfeits at a time, …

Homeplate: Bean hole beans – if you enjoy a challenge

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I had to drive to the Seacoast along Route 4 recently, and all the way over I kept seeing signs advertising a bean hole bean fundraiser. Bean hole beans? It had to have something to do with baked beans, of which I am not a huge fan, having eaten one too many of …

Home Plate: Now’s the time to enjoy local lettuce

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

June is peak lettuce season in New Hampshire, still cool enough that greens haven’t gone bitter, but well enough along in the growing cycle that heads have taken on some size. If you don’t have your own garden, …

Home Plate: Sauteing the first foods of spring

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

May is the season when all that planning ahead gardeners have done in seasons past pays off. Our tulips and daffodils, flowering quince, cherries, peaches, apples, pears, crab apples and lilacs are in glorious, fragrant bloom. In the …

Home Plate: The perfect dish for spring – ricotta gnudi

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

There’s something about spring that makes me crave ricotta cheese. Perhaps it’s because as the days grow longer and warmer, cows are turned back onto newly greened pastures and produce particularly delicious milk, which in turn makes particularly …

Home Plate: Making your own kombucha

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Last fall, I gave a talk on feeding the good bacteria in your gut by eating probiotic foods, like yogurt. Afterward, a woman in the audience introduced herself to me and asked if I would like to learn …

Home Plate: The benefits of cooking with buttermilk

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Buttermilk is a useful ingredient to have on hand. Refrigerated, it keeps a long time, usually way past its sell-by date. Also, buttermilk is one dairy product that a lot of people who are lactose intolerant can actually …

Home Plate: Making and using fermented beets

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I heard on the radio yesterday that 70,000 gallons of borscht will be served at the Sochi Olympics, which by my reckoning will require something like 700,000 beets. Should there be a spike in the price of borscht …

Home Plate: Chocolate caramels are the perfect holiday gift

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

By 1949, when my copy of Mrs. Simon Kander’s The Settlement Cookbook rolled off the press, it was already in its 29th printing. My career-minded mother, when she received it as a wedding gift, must have taken one …

Home Plate: Tips for some classic ‘Thanksgivukkah’ desserts

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

This year, Thanksgiving and the second night of Hanukkah fall on the same date, a festive coincidence that won’t happen again for another 70,000 years. All over America, cooks will be riffing on what has been dubbed Thansgivukkah, …

Home Plate: Know your mushrooms before you make magic

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

About a year ago, I wrote about collecting and eating wild oyster mushrooms. Even though I warned at the top of the article that mushrooms can be deadly – that no one should collect mushrooms without knowing exactly …

Home Plate: Are you feeding your gut what it needs?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

I am giving two food demonstrations this week – one this afternoon at the Canterbury Farmers Market (4-6:30 p.m.) and the other Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Warner Area Farmers Market – and I have …

Fresh from the garden: garlic scapes and sour cherries

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A few weeks ago I met a woman who on hearing my name said, “You’re the one who writes those recipes that are too hard to make!” Ouch. The problem is, I love to cook. For me, making …

Home Plate: Three books for gardening cooks

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Some of my earliest memories are of gardening with my grandfather and working in the kitchen alongside my grandmother. I have certifications from both the French Culinary Institute and the New York Botanic Garden. I should know a …