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Tips for Pastry Baking with Fresh Whole Grain Flours

A few weeks ago, I posted a link to a cake recipe on our Localgrain Facebook page, and one of the comments asked why I’d posted it, since surely it would have to be made with white flour.  It was a really good reminder for me that the 70s stigma of whole-grain brick bread and […]

Elderflower Champagne

If you’ve never tasted it, let me be the first to tell you – elderflower champagne tastes like the nectar of the gods.  It’s very mildly alcoholic and very fragrantly floral.  Elderflowers are blooming right now here in western MA, so go pick a few (but remember to leave plenty to mature into fruits!) and […]

Wild Edibles

(trout lily) (ramps) (bloodroot) (fiddlehead ferns) (garlic mustard) This weekend, we were thrilled to go on a Wild Edibles walk with some local folks. We have a “Fresh & Feral” share with Acorn Kitchen, and part of the share is a monthly wild edibles walk – showing us plants, tasting, talking about how to harvest […]

Wraps Around the World – A Dinner Journey

As we started putting together our dinner menu this week, we noticed that we had sushi and crepes and eggrolls – all wraps. Ben suggested  we continue the theme, and so, we have a global food journey this week, wraps around the world. Monday: Homemade Sushi. (Ben is usually the sushi master in our house. […]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies – For A Rainy Day

          It was a rainy Saturday.  Cold and rainy.  After such a bitter winter, a cold rainy day in late April is a bit hard to take.  We made it to the farmer’s market this morning, and got some gorgeous spinach and arugula, but after chicken soup for lunch, I thought […]

In the Kitchen

            First: the wonderful Tonia is hosting a giveaway of my poetry book The Salt – hop on over to her blog to enter for a chance to win   Our cafe & bakery officially closed its doors last week.  We celebrated this new stage of life (focusing on our […]

Cooking at Home

A new sort of menu, for our new days here . . . we have our last week of open doors at the cafe, but with shorter hours so we are in between.  Realizing I have to get back in the groove of cooking three meals a day (and snacks).  Exciting, but a change for […]

Big News

Big News!! Our family has some huge news to share – after ten years of running our beloved bakery/cafe, and also running our extremely successful grain CSA, we will be making a change and shifting all our energies into our ever growing CSA.  We will also be developing a new share (top secret but really exciting!), […]

Out of the Deep Winter

As the last snows melt, and the sun begins to warm more than the top inch of soil, I’m starting to really believe that we made it – spring is here! Whew. This was a long. long. winter, in all senses of the phrase.  We had, like many places, deep snows (which we often do) […]

March 7 – A Dinner Menu

Partly inspired by Heather’s recent post, and Melanie’s post, too, I wanted to start on next week’s meal plan.  Life has been nutty lately, and I admit dinner has been pretty fly by the seat of our pants around here lately.  Let’s plan together, shall we? Monday:  Spinach & Corn Lasagna or Stuffed Shells (made […]