Blog 2018-03-07T10:57:38+00:00

A Brief History of Cast-Iron Cookware

Cast iron has held a revered place in household kitchens for centuries. Find out why this historical cookware is seeing a revival. If you take an inventory of your kitchen cupboards, you’ll discover that your cookware and gadgets are made from many different materials. There are items made of plastic, aluminum, stainless steel, wood and ceramic—all materials that serve [...]

May 5th, 2018|Categories: Kitchen|Tags: |

Green Salads: The Basic Formula

A perfect green salad strikes just the right balance of textures, flavors and colors. If you're the kind of cook who finds formulas reassuring, this basic salad formula takes all the guesswork out of making a perfect salad. 1. Use Two (Or at Most, Three) Types of Lettuce The main ingredient in a green salad is the lettuce. But [...]

May 1st, 2018|Categories: Greens, Kitchen|

Big-Town Birds: Keeping Chickens in the City & Suburbs

After growing your own backyard vegetable garden, keeping chickens can seem like the next logical step toward sustainability. Before building a coop, selecting breeds, setting aside space for a run or purchasing chicks, it’s important to know the regulations and restrictions in your area. HOA on Arrival Homeowner associations are the first line of authority when it comes to [...]

April 26th, 2018|Categories: Farm|Tags: |

Gnocchi Verde (Spinach and Ricotta Dumplings)

Gnocchi Verde (Spinach and Ricotta Dumplings) 4 tablespoons butter1 1/2 pounds fresh spinach (cooked, squeezed dry, and chopped)3/4 cup ricotta cheese2 eggs (lightly beaten)6 tablespoons flour3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan (divided, plus more for serving)3 1/2 teaspoon salt (divided)1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepperPinch ground nutmeg4 tablespoons melted butter (divided) Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. [...]

April 18th, 2018|Categories: Recipies|

The Best Way to Store Lettuce to Keep it Fresh and Crisp

One of the keys to making a good salad is ensuring that your lettuce is fresh and crisp. Nothing makes for a disappointing salad like a plateful of limp, wilted greens. There are two things salad greens need to stay crisp: moisture and air. You may have heard otherwise. Specifically, many people seem to think that the best way [...]

April 14th, 2018|Categories: Kitchen|Tags: |

7 Tips For Making the Perfect Vinaigrette

We expect a lot from oil and vinegar dressings, or vinaigrettes, as they're also called. Even the simplest one is asked to do nothing less than defy the laws of nature. That's because oil and vinegar don't mix. No doubt you've seen this yourself — shake up a bottle of salad dressing and the two parts come together. Set [...]

April 5th, 2018|Categories: Kitchen|Tags: |