You might not expect to hear roosters crowing during your typical dining experience. But this is no typical dining experience. The farm in Brick Farm Tavern isn’t there as a marketing ploy meant to capitalize on the farm-to-table “trend” that has emerged over these last few years. This is a restaurant on a real...

Usually on a cool fall Sunday evening you can find me putting the finishing touches on my slow-cooked supper – perhaps some braised short ribs, or simmered braciole & meatballs. It’s simply what Italian home cooks do. But when there was mention of an Italian Truffle Dinner at Elements in Princeton, I knew my Le Creuset...

I don’t know about you, but the end of summer has seriously crept up on me and I have not cooked NEARLY enough farm market meals. There are so many dishes I still have to make… I feel like a college student trying to cram a semester’s worth of studying into a few days before a final! On the hottest day of summer, we...

When I called to make a last minute reservation at the Blue Bottle Cafe in Hopewell, NJ, the owner, Rory Philipson, did us a solid and squeezed us in. She also let me know we had missed the last two menus – unacceptable! If you’ve never been, Blue Bottle lives up to its name. Literally… blue bottles, everywhere. The...

I can’t say I was ever much of a rice person when it came to cooking. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE rice – all kinds of rice dishes. Risotto, paella, bibimbap, biryani, jambalaya… The list goes on. But finding good rice and cooking it well was always a challenge for me. So when I learned that Blue Moon Acres was growing...

You can never give someone or something just ONE chance. Growing up, we all had foods we didn’t like. Hello, brussels sprouts? Can you imagine if you never tried them again after trying them just once as a kid? Your life would have a big giant brussels-sprout shaped hole in it. So when Mistral popped up on my Open...