Lacinato Kale Pesto

Kale Pesto with Fusilli

Summer is many months away, but I find myself dreaming of the bunches of fresh basil I picked from the garden (yes, we have gardens in Brooklyn!) last summer. In an effort to bring a bit of summer sunshine to the kitchen, I made kale pesto instead of classic basil pesto – lacinato kale is [...]

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup 2009

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup 2009

Here are some seasonal ideas culled from Brooklyn Farmhouse for your Thanksgiving meal – from starters to sides to dessert. I don’t include a turkey recipe because I always make Tom Colicchio’s Herb Butter Turkey – it’s the best. Happy Thanksgiving! Starters and Nibbles Spicy Crock-Pot Apple Butter – Serve with cheddar or brie (or [...]

Spicy Crock-Pot Apple Butter

Spicy Crock-Pot Apple Butter

My family’s farm, Fernwood Springs, in Westampton, New Jersey, has a lovely little apple orchard. The trees go mostly untended now because it’s just my grandma and my uncle working the farm (and my grandma is 87!), but the Red Delicious apples are still…well…delicious, even without much tending. I picked a boatload the other day [...]

Garlic Scape-Walnut-Basil Pesto

Garlic Scape-Basil-Walnut Pesto

Scapes are actually the stems of the garlic plant. And they’re green and taste like garlic. I use them on top of pizza, in pasta, and as a replacement for garlic in lots of other recipes. This is a super easy pesto recipe that uses raw garlic scapes. It’s pungent and oh-so delicious. Stir it [...]

Tomato Sauce Smackdown

Tomato Sauce Smackdown

With few exceptions, my general philosophy is that homemade food tastes better and is a lot cheaper than commercially-prepared food. While the “taste better” part of that philosophy is, admittedly, a bit subjective and hard to covey over the internets, the “a lot cheaper” part is subject to actual quantitative analysis and can be proven, [...]

Homemade Ketchup

Uh, so it's not exactly 57 herbs and spices, just 6

I have tried as hard as I’ve been able to in the last few years to avoid high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). I just don’t like the stuff. Recently, I felt pretty vindicated about my near-obsessional dislike for HFCS when a report surfaced about mercury being found (by FDA scientists, no less!) in some HFCS [...]

Homemade Applesauce with Star Anise

Apples ready for applesauce

I actually timed how long it took me to prep to make applesauce – less than 10 minutes total. That includes peeling, coring, and chopping 5 apples. What’s my point? It really doesn’t take that long to make stuff from scratch. OK – I know there is a little bit of cooking involved, but once [...]

Chicken, Kale, and Shallot Quesadillas with Tomato-Chipotle Salsa

Chicken, Kale, and Shallot Quesadillas

I make quesadillas a lot during the week because they’re quick and easy. Make it a little fancier by using your newly created homemade corn tortillas instead of store-bought. When you poach the chicken, stick a couple of sprigs of cilantro in with the poaching liquid. A quick and easy tomato-chipotle sauce adds smoke and [...]

Cranberry Sauce with Bourbon

Cranberries before going in the oven

I think you can eat this cranberry sauce year ’round, not just on Thanksgiving. It’s nice on turkey sandwiches or on biscuits. The star anise adds a little something special, but if you can’t find it, you could use a bit of cinnamon, or maybe a few anise seeds tied together in cheesecloth. If you [...]

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