At the farmers’ market in Callicoon, I had a short discourse with a vendor on the benefits of cooler weather on such crops as Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower. The lower temperatures bring out the sweetness, she told me. It was a grey, blustery day, and I bought a beautiful specimen from a bin of cauliflowers to make cream of cauliflower and cheddar cheese soup. I hadn’t made the recipe in years, but recalled it fondly. Read more
Earlier today, I went outside and leaned on the wooden rail of the front porch and looked down at what had become of my garden. Some people find pulling and tugging at weeds cathartic. I am not one of those. The ground was so overgrown with grass and weeds that I could no longer make out the globe basil, sage, or tarragon plants. Maybe they had already bit the dust, but there was no way to tell. I could see there were still some usable chives, flat-leaf parsley, oregano and a slim plant or two of sweet basil, though these too were half-buried. Read more
My sister, Janet, and I fell head over heels for Sullivan County 20 years ago. We rented a small tucked-away house in Callicoon and eventually bought it when the owners moved south. The place was unfurnished save for a funky speckled green metal table from the ‘50s. Little by little, through gifts from friends, auctions and yard sales, we filled the rooms with furniture, books (many on cookery) and art. Read more
[Food writer Jude Waterston has been keeping a daily journal of all the meals she prepares for several years. Here, she shares a day’s worth of meals ideal for late summer, plus a recipe to help you enjoy that ubiquitous summer surplus, the zucchini crop. Laura Silverman is on hiatus, and Waterston will be filling in for her until further notice.]
Zucchini soup for summer
This creamy, cold soup has a touch of curry for added depth and a garnish of toasted slivered almonds. An easy, elegant starter to any meal.
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PORT JERVIS, BY — The newly upgraded Port Jervis Farmers’ Market will start on Saturday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the newly appointed Farmers’ Market Square, located next to the Burger King. The market has a new market manager, Sarah Worthy, a new website and branding/signage, six farm stands and weekly live music. It will run from June to October 29, rain or shine. Farmers represented are Perez Farms, Trapani Fruit Farm, Once Upon a Farm, Back to the Future Dairy Farm, Kilted Suds and Sadie Cakes. “We have a strong history of farming and agriculture in our area. Read more
Potatoes are the vegetable that take breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks to the next level of yum. They are quick to disappear but also quick and easy to buy, prepare and serve. Not only are potatoes uber satisfying, but research published in the Journal of American College of Nutrition also shows that when prepared healthfully, they can be a part of a weight loss program. If you’re looking for flavorful and nutritious dishes that can be part of your weight management plan this new year, then look no further. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — Bon Secours Community Hospital hosted another in the series of Ladies Night Out dinner lectures on health issues on Monday evening, December 7 at the Erie Trackside Manor. Approximately 125 guests attended the event. The topic was “Mediterranean Diet for the Holidays,” a PowerPoint presentation and cooking demonstration by representatives of Morrison Healthcare at Bon Secours Community Hospital under the direction of clinical nutrition manager Elaine Ridley, RD, CDN. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — An educational workshop on Canning Pie Filling at home safely is offered on Saturday, August 1. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will hold this hands-on class from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the new shared-use, Entrepreneurial and Teaching (EaT) Kitchen at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. Read more
REGION — Sambucus canadensis, or American elder, is a shrub that is conspicuous in our area at this time of year due to its abundant white flowers, which grow in broad-headed panicles that cover the plant. You’ve probably passed dozens of them recently on local roadsides. Read more
WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Honesdale Area Pantry will be held behind the Tri County Beverage Building on Route 6, 214 Willow Avenue in Honesdale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Tuesday, December 9. For an emergency need contact a social services agency.
The Damascus Area Pantry will be held at the Damascus Township Building from 1 to 3 p.m., on Thursday, December 18. For an emergency need call 570/224-4217 or 570/224-4189. Read more