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Pear Ricotta Sausage Pizza (and Curious Chef product review)

November 10th, 2009 · 6 Comments

I’ve written a lot about apples this fall, but I’d be remiss not to mention that other star of late autumn fruit stands: the pear. From crisp Asian pears, perfect for salads, to sweet Bartlett pears, poached for dessert, and the boy’s favorite, toddler-hand-sized Seckels, we’d be hard pressed to take sides in a pear-apple [...]

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Tags: at market · cheese · cooking with kids · dairy · foodietots reviews · recipes · weeknight meals

At Market: Apple Sausage Skillet Cornbread

October 14th, 2009 · 3 Comments

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you it’s officially apple season at the markets. Honeycrisps, gala, rambo, winesap, mutsu, braeburn, pink lady… — you may not find these names at the grocery store, but our local farmers markets offer an amazing variety of vintage varieties. And of course, we’ve been to orchards — picking [...]

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Tags: at market · baking · recipes

One Local CSA Summer (and a Buffalo Sausage and Kale Frittata)

June 9th, 2009 · 4 Comments

The first week of the One Local Summer challenge coincided with our first CSA (community supported agriculture) delivery of the season, from Virginia’s Potomac Vegetable Farms. Our farm is “ecoganic” — meaning they follow organic practices but are not certified — and has one of the few remaining farms in Fairfax County just west of [...]

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Tags: CSA · at market · one local summer · proteins · recipes · weeknight meals

Tapas for Toddlers

January 8th, 2009 · 5 Comments

It’s no secret that tapas are one of my favorite foods and Jaleo, the first outpost of gregarious local chef Jose Andres’ growing empire is my favorite local restaurant. When you think about it, tapas (“little plates”) are really the ideal toddler-friendly meal, with small portions, varied colors and textures that catch their eye without [...]

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Tags: cooking with toddlers · proteins · recipes

Virginia Market Week

August 11th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Last week was Virginia’s Farmers Market Week, so we celebrated by heading to three local markets last weekend. The toddler and I visited the McLean Market Friday morning, which is located in a shady corner of a park and had a nice mix of vendors, many familiar and a few new. The Middleburg ice cream [...]

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Tags: at market · one local summer · recipes