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CSA Cookoff: Watermelon Feta Salad

Move over arugula. This is my new favorite summer salad. So simple, sweet and savory.

The pile.

Watermelon Feta Salad

serves 2 as a meal, 4 as a side


6-8 Cups rip watermelon, cold and cubed



Added by Cornelia on July 17, 2012 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Berry Recipe: Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

June is berry recipe time! Add your berry recipe to the member blogs for a chance to win a copy of Ian Knauer's "The Farm: Rustic Recipes For A Year Of Incredible Food".

I love this recipe from my mom so much, that it replaced wedding cake at my…


Added by Cornelia on June 15, 2012 at 9:57am — 1 Comment

A Letter From My Farmer - It's Spring!

It was so nice to be able to picture the beginnings of the food I will be eating this summer, and what farmer Steve is up to as the ground awakens again. I thought I would share it with you, too!

An example of my CSA share - can't wait!!

Hello all!

 Well, I have started planting in the greenhouse, so no matter what the calendar…


Added by Cornelia on March 12, 2012 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

An Ode To The Casserole

This less-than-wintry winter we’re having here in New England has got me thinking about how to fake winter – at least the indoors part – with warming, savory foods.  Part of the fun of winter is holing up inside, keeping cozy, and cooking a pot of something good. Casseroles are something good. Retro in style, usually creamy and easily portable (if one chose to leave…


Added by Cornelia on February 17, 2012 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Chicken Soup With Love <3

We held a Soup Swap this weekend and now we have a good stockpile of yummy homemade soups, made by friends, to get us through the winter!

Chicken Soup with <3


This recipe pulls from a variety of sources: Julia Child and a few chefs I’ve known for the stock, this…


Added by Cornelia on January 23, 2012 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

I'm back! with a new office mate.


After 8 weeks away, there's a lot to catch up on here. It makes me so happy to see the energy and activity here - and the HOMEGROWN Fair submissions are such a wonderful testament to how powerful skills and skill-sharing can be.

Oh, by the way, this is Brendan Christopher - the newest HOMEGROWNer, Farm Aid staff member, and my beautiful son. :)…


Added by Cornelia on November 15, 2011 at 10:35am — 3 Comments

HOMEGROWN Cookoff 2011: Compound Butter

As the summer winds down (nooooooooo!), my herb garden is overflowing and in need of some trimming. I can't bear to compost all of the lovely flavor that's been growing, so here's my solution. I chose to combine thyme, rosemary and sage for a handy store of herb butter to smear on a whole chicken for roasting. Come January, February and March, won't it be nice to revisit summer…


Added by Cornelia on August 26, 2011 at 10:57am — No Comments

HOMEGROWN Cookoff 2011: Ingrid's Zucchini Soup

I've been a little behind on cooking all of the veggies that come in my weekly CSA share, but last night I managed to get the massive zucchini and green pepper haul under control! I called up my mom and asked her for her dear friend Ingrid's delicious zucchini soup. Ingrid passed away a few years ago, and I still remember her - still strongly fighting the cancer that ultimately took her - dropping off freshly dug potatoes and a container of this soup with ingredients from her…


Added by Cornelia on August 12, 2011 at 1:55pm — 1 Comment

Cook-off Recipe: Cold Veggie Confetti with Feta Cheese

I've been traveling in England for the last two weeks, and that means that I've had my fare share of Cotswold cheeses, cured meats and fish n chips. The minute the plane touched down on home soil, I knew it was time for some fresh veggies! Good thing my neighbor dropped off our Parker Farm CSA share last night:

1 bunch golden beets, 1 bunch carrots, 1 bunch kale, 2 zucchini, 3 cucumbers, 2 pounds new potatoes, 1/2 pound roma beans and 1 bunch red spring onions.

Heat wave be…


Added by Cornelia on July 22, 2011 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Soil testing, DIY seed paper and self-watering planters

We see some themes popping up in discussions on HOMEGROWN.org and thought it time to revisit some topics covered in the blog and library.

In Soil We Trust? Soil testing resources.

Self-watering Containers Made… Continue

Added by Cornelia on March 15, 2011 at 9:11am — 3 Comments

How To Make A Bird-Feeding Wreath

I just made one of these for our office holiday swap. All my wreaths bring the birdies to the yard! Ahem...yeah.

It was simple - though a bit messy. This recipe makes three wreaths.

You will need:

8 cups of mixed bird seed

6 envelopes of clear gelatin (1.5 boxes)

1 cup cold water

2 cups boiling water



Added by Cornelia on December 15, 2010 at 5:03pm — 6 Comments

Carrot cake cupcakes with maple cream-cheese frosting and toasted hazelnuts

Today is Glenda's birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Glenda!) so I took advantage of all of those yellow carrots I gleaned and made cupcakes. What? Too February 2010 for you? Are cupcakes now terribly passe? PSHAW! THEY'RE CUPCAKES and sweet and cute is never out of vogue!!!!

The… Continue

Added by Cornelia on November 18, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Gleaning at Parker Farm

Yesterday was the highly anticipated CSA member Pick-your-own event at Parker Farm. A good chunk of the membership drove out to the farm - pitchforks, trowels and knives in hand- to glean the remaining produce from Farmer Steve's fields.

It was a beautiful warm fall day. Drier than the originally-scheduled weekend before. Being out in the fields where my CSA bounty was grown is a significant… Continue

Added by Cornelia on November 15, 2010 at 11:59am — 2 Comments

CSA Cookoff: Roasted fall vegetables with maple butter glaze over crispy Persian rice (Tah-dig)

Parker Farm CSA Share 10/13/2010:1 bunch beets,1 bunch turnips, 1 bunch parsnip, 1 pound green tomatoes, 1 butternut squash, 1 bunch carrots, 1 sugar pumpkin and 1 blue hubbard

squash (what a critter that is!)

This was our last CSA share of the season **sob**. It was an incredibly bountiful season, with a wide array of…


Added by Cornelia on October 19, 2010 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

CSA Cookoff: Butternut squash apple soup with crispy parsnip chips

Parker Farm CSA Share 10/6/10: 1 bunch chard, 1 bunch carrots, 1 bunch beets, 1 bunch mizuna, 1 bunch parsnips, 1 bunch radish, 1 pound peppers, 1 butternut squash and 1

delicata squash.…


Added by Cornelia on October 8, 2010 at 4:23pm — 3 Comments

CSA Cookoff: On The Road Again Edition

Parker Farm CSA Share 9/29/10: 1 bunch arugula, 1 bunch tatsoi, 1 bunch red russian kale, 1 head broccoli, 1 (not quite as gigantic) butternut squash, 1 acorn squash, 1 pound zucchini, 3 green peppers, 1

pound kentucky wonder beans (Wonder Beans??!!) and 1 bunch carrots.…


Added by Cornelia on October 1, 2010 at 9:28am — No Comments

CSA Cookoff: Butternut Gnocchi with Brown Sage Butter and Two Bean Salad with Pumpkin Seeds

Parker Farm CSA Share 9/22/10: 4 corn, 1 pound green beans, 1 pound zucchini, 1 pound cubanelle peppers, 1

pound shell beans(kidney), 1 pound yellow tomatoes, 1 bunch arugula, 1bunch

radish, 1 bunch broccoli and 1 delicata squash.

Last week, all of us in the CSA were amazed (and a little frightened) by the gigantic butternut squash we received in each share. Some… Continue

Added by Cornelia on September 25, 2010 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

CSA Cookoff: Spelt-stuffed Squash with Corn & Radish Salad

Parker Farm CSA Cookoff 9/15/10:1 bunch arugula, 1 bunch swiss chard, 1 bunch radish, 1 bunch beets, 6 ears of corn, 1 pound yellow tomatoes, 1 pound red tomatoes, 1 pound banana

peppers, 2 eggplant and 1 giant butternut squash.

This dish was inspired in two parts: The stuffed…


Added by Cornelia on September 17, 2010 at 2:43pm — No Comments

CSA Cookoff: Chard Potato Soup

Parker Farm CSA Share 9/8/10:6 ears of corn, 2 pounds of tomatoes, 2 eggplant, 1 pound peppers, 1 bunch

red chard, 1 bunch arugula, 1 bunch radish and 2 acorn squash! (Can't wait to do something with the acorn squash!!)

dang...it is hard…


Added by Cornelia on September 10, 2010 at 11:27am — 1 Comment

CSA Cookoff: Foraged Mushroom Pilaf & Squash and Corn Fritters

Parker Farm CSA Share 09/01/10: 2 pounds potatoes, 12 ears(!) of corn, 4 pounds tomatoes, 1 pound cubanelle peppers, 2 eggplant and 2 zucchini.

Farmer Steve supplements the crops that he grows with these…


Added by Cornelia on September 3, 2010 at 11:17am — 1 Comment


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