Locally made goods come in all shapes and sizes these days, as this lineup of artisanal NJ & PA food products clearly shows! I have a tiny kitchen, but I always make space for local essentials like these. Foods that are made in small batches, often miles from my home… those are the foods that taste best to me. So I...

No matter what anyone tells you, you are never too old for Easter goodies. Why should kids have all the chocolatey fun? Now, as you “mature” you may move away from Reese’s peanut butter eggs onto something a little more luxurious. And that’s where La Chocolate Box comes in. The local spot for fancy chocolates and...

When is a salad no longer a salad? I was inspired by this dish (and thought-provoking concept) from the Canal House kitchen recently. “We were about to make a ‘chef’s’ salad of sorts for lunch today, but switched gears when we noticed the big russet potatoes in the bin on our kitchen counter. Yes, still a salad, but...

We are just past the halfway point of winter, and summer produce feels like a distant memory. It will be several more months before Jersey and Pennsylvania farms get into their groove, but all is not hopeless! One of my favorite weekend activities is to visit the great indoor farm markets throughout the area. Many of...

I can’t tell you the last time I stepped foot in a mall. I’m sure many shoppers could say the same thing thanks to Amazon and online shopping, but that’s just a small part of it for me. I would much rather shop for gifts from local makers and craftspeople, gifts that have character. Meeting the person who made or grew...