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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, or want to taste some varieties you haven’t grown, now is the time to get out to the local farmers market. And … 0

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 edible garden, the ramps (a kind of wild garlic) we planted a few years ago … 0

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 delicious cheese. And perhaps my craving for dairy as we head out of winter is … 0