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Summer Reading for the Food Obsessed

I also liked Kim Severson's "Spoon Fed" -- life lessons from chefs/cooks, includes recipes, too.

Aug 15, 2010
newRDcook in Features

White Bean and Radish Salad

Jun 12, 2010
newRDcook in Recipes

How to Grow Herbs Indoors

This is a nice article. I started basil indoors in my small Philly condo without realizing it would be characterized as "hardest"-- after a week of vacation having someone else tend to the delicate seedlings, I realize these really do need a lot of TLC!

May 11, 2010
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Glazed Poppy Seed Turnips

The addition of honey to turnips helps cut the bitterness - I did a similar recipe without the poppy seeds and added caramalized onions to sweeten even more:
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Mar 14, 2010
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Landisdale Farm CSA

I actually just joined their summer share -- I had been purchasing their produce and grass-fed, pasture raised meet at the Piazza Farmer's Market (Northern Liberties) each Sunday and have really enjoyed their foods. Their summer share is only produce, but you can pre-order dairy and meat.
I am currently a member of Greensgrow winter CSA, whose shares include products from many local farmers and producers. Without being guaranteed a spot for the Summer, I looked for backup options -- turns out Landisdale will be offering a pick-up at the Piazza on Saturdays so I was sold!
They have a lot of information on their web site, including pick-up locations:
http://www.landisdalefarm.com/members# and offer a discount if you sign up before March 22.
Hope this helps!
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Mar 14, 2010
newRDcook in Philadelphia

Know Your Mushrooms

I used cremini mushrooms to make Mushroom & Parsnip Soup - it was delicious!
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Feb 24, 2010
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Valentine's Day: Love and Hate

I started early last night with a beet risotto recipe to ring in the holiday - I'm not one to celebrate V-day but it is certainly a good excuse to create great food and drink great wine!
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Feb 11, 2010
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SUPER BOWL...What's on your menu

Definitely chicken wings! I made a marinade of soy sauce, paprika, garlic powder, and sugar and bake in the oven at 425 for 45 minutes - most and tender, and healthy! No need to fry them for a flavorful Super Bowl worthy menu item!
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Feb 10, 2010
newRDcook in Home Cooking

How to Fold Dumplings

I find sealing dumplings very challenging! But when you can get them to work very delicious. I typically use the foldover method, not as pleasing on presentation as this pleat method, but works in a 'pinch'-
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Feb 07, 2010
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Koo Zee Doo- Portuguese in Northern Liberties

Went there last night with another couple and it was fabulous! We were very tempted by the appetizers (or, 'Entradas') and ordered the goat's milk cheese, chicken gizzards, and shrimp with hot sauce. The goat cheese was very mild and great with the two bread selections served after arrival, shortly after we opened our first bottle of wine. We tried the chicken gizzards because I have been reading that they are the go-to dish - the sauce was rich and delicious and I was surprised how much I, and everyone else at our table, enjoyed! The shrimp were huge and meaty. We ordered the vegetable salad and then two 'Carne' - the pork and clams, and the Picanha steak with fried egg, potatoes, and broccoli rabe. The pork and clams was my favorite dish of the entire night! Plenty for everyone to share (they are served family style). We had the honey cake (rum soaked raisins!) and chocolate-hazelnut crepe for dessert which were a nice way to end the night. The ambience is very homey and service was very hospitable and knowledgeable (although they tried to clear our plates a few times too soon). They also have a bar you can eat at as well - hope to go again very soon! Great dinner in the blizzard.

Feb 07, 2010
newRDcook in Philadelphia

Basic Roasted Beets

Roasted beets are great in soup, too, really bring out their flavor. It's amazing how versatile they are!
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Feb 06, 2010
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Wilted Greens with Balsamic Fried Eggs

I just made something very similar yesterday for lunch - I actually used a hard boiled egg on top of a green salad of rainbow chard and leeks. I used balsamic vinegar and honey to flavor the greens after cooking down. Delicious! Eggs are a great topper... http://coldcerealandtoast.wordpress.c...

Feb 02, 2010
newRDcook in Recipes