Boozy Strawberry Ice Cream

By |June 27th, 2014|

Strawberries + Booze + Ice Cream… what’s not to love?  In developing this recipe, Chef Carrie Cowles opted for Grand Marnier, an orange-flavored cognac liqueur, but you could substitute Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur or Amaretto for an almond flavoring. Strawberry season was late to arrive and is progressing quickly… seize the day!


1 quart fresh strawberries, washed, stemmed and quartered
1 cup granulated […]

Wheat Berry Salad with Grilled Garlic Scapes and Spring Vegetables

By |June 16th, 2014|

Did you know you can grill garlic scapes? It’s easy to do and, tossed with olive oil and salt, with a little char on them, they are tender and sweet like roasted garlic. In this hearty salad, we combine grilled baby Zephyr squash and garlic scapes with wheat berries and sauteed kale. Not familiar with […]

Brunch: Poached Eggs, Cheese & Chive Biscuits, and Ramp Beurre Blanc

By |May 6th, 2014|

Have you met beurre blanc? This simple, butter-based, emulsified sauce is delicious with eggs and practically any fish or seafood. A good sauce enhances the flavor of so many foods and turns an ordinary dish into a gourmet experience. Though the recipe calls for wine, we used Prosecco and enjoyed the remainder of the bottle ourselves!
Also starring in our rendition of […]

Rustic Goat Cheese Tart with Sun-Dried Tomato and Spinach

By |February 25th, 2014|

Kidding began yesterday at Oak Leaf Dairy! New babies mean a fresh supply of milk for making cheese! The Reynolds family makes feta, cheddar, cheddar curds, and chevre. Oak Leaf Dairy’s recipe produces a notable chevre with less moisture than is commonly found… it’s richer and better for cooking. It has low acidity and is […]

Melinda Mae Tarts with Blueberry, Bacon, and Basil

By |February 22nd, 2014|

Meet Melinda Mae, the newest cheese from rising star Connecticut cheesemaker Brian Civitello of the Mystic Cheese Company.
Robiola is to Italy what Brie is to France… and Melinda Mae hails from this fine family of soft-ripened cheeses, but offers a cleaner taste on the palate and no off flavors.  The rind is tender and completely […]

Tamale Pies with Spicy Shredded Pork

By |February 12th, 2014|

It’s true: pork butt, pork shoulder, and picnic roasts all hail from the same part of the pig… the shoulder. With long, slow cooking, these economical cuts yield some of the most tender and succulent bites imaginable.

The Latin cousin to the familiar Southern Pulled Pork is Carnitas. Our easy rendition of this spicy, shredded pork […]

Maple Pepper Pulled Pork with Spicy Slaw

By |January 17th, 2014|

Sunday is farmers’ market day in Coventry and a week of January thaw means the sap has been running and Fabyan Sugar Shack will have the first of the 2014 maple syrup! This calls for a slow cooker Maple Pepper Pulled Pork celebration!
At the Coventry WinterFresh Farmers’ Market, you’ll find not only beautiful garlic, onions, […]

Peruvian Chicken with Slow Roasted Onions and Purple Potatoes

By |January 14th, 2014|

When buying local farm-raised chicken, the only option, usually, is to get a whole frozen bird and thaw before cooking. If we want chicken pieces, we tell ourselves “Suck it up, Buttercup… cut a whole bird.” We can and do… but on busy days, all those convenient and glamorous chicken cuts at the supermarket taunt […]

Cranberry-Orange Scones ~ Hartford Baking Co.

By |January 11th, 2014|

Ever taste something miraculous at an eatery and wish you could recreate it? Connecticut Food & Farm’s “Favorite Restaurant Recipes” are a gift from the state’s best chefs and bakers to the home cook!

Hartford Baking Co. got its start at the city’s West End and Billings Forge farmers’ markets and it’s not uncommon to see […]

Roasted Cauliflower, Leek & Garlic Soup

By |January 7th, 2014|

On a frigid weeknight in January, these things spell ALL IS WELL: the aroma of roasting vegetables, an oven-warmed kitchen, and a hot bowl of delicious soup.

This creamy, toasty, garlicky, silky, soup is just the boost of nutrition needed to keep one’s immune system strong.

We shopped the Coventry WinterFresh Farmers’ Market for the leeks, garlic, […]