It’s time for the making o’ the corned beef

Posted on Mar 7, 2017
It’s time for the making o’ the corned beef

This article originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of Buffalo Spree Magazine. I like pickled things. A lot. My German grandmother taught me the basics of making pickles, and now it’s become a several-hundred-jar-a-year “problem” in my pantry. The other half of me is Irish, so I feel compelled to go out for corned […]

Compounding the problem: A bounty of herbs in butter

Posted on Sep 7, 2016
Compounding the problem: A bounty of herbs in butter

It’s early September. That tiny, cute sage plant you stuck in your garden three summers ago is now the size of a small ottoman, and gosh you feel like an asshole if you don’t use all those luscious, fresh herbs. Right? But one can only do so many summery dishes with sage, which you’re now […]

Switchel: Farmer’s Gatorade

Posted on Jul 7, 2015
Switchel: Farmer’s Gatorade

The summer heat and I are not friends. I’m the sort of person who’s more comfortable in the sub-zero darkness of January than the oppressive sauna of July. The air gets thick, sweat drips tickle, slow motion kicks in, and you stick to everything including your clothes, your seat, and your own nerves. But, since […]

Sprouts: Little green things

Posted on Mar 17, 2015
Sprouts: Little green things

Right around St. Patrick’s Day, when it’s too early to plant seedlings and the thought of eating another root vegetable sends me looking for a reason to hunger strike, I crave fresh, green things like a jailbird craves freedom. I know scientists say that the body doesn’t really yearn for the nutrients it needs – […]

Fermented turmeric: Pop for pain relief

Posted on Feb 17, 2015
Fermented turmeric: Pop for pain relief

Some things are a bit hippie, even for even me. This is one of them. But when ibuprofen becomes known as “vitamin I” in your house, it’s time to look at other ways to calm the joints and muscles we’ve been habitually riling up 3-5 times per week through our various athletic pursuits. ‘Cause old-ish […]

Kale crack

Posted on Dec 17, 2014
Kale crack

One time I bought a garbage bag full of kale. Why would someone do that? Well, it was a good deal. And I thought we’d be having more guests at Thanksgiving dinner. And it was being sold by an old farmer my grandpa worked with at the Clinton Bailey Market. And I like kale. But […]

A beer-inspired harvest meal

Posted on Sep 10, 2014
A beer-inspired harvest meal

Sometimes people give me a reason to play with food. And because I write for magazines with open-minded editors, those reasons become my job. I love my job. This is a piece I put together for WNY Craft Beer Magazine’s fall issue, about pairing local beers with quintessentially fall foods grown around here. Kevin and […]

Homemade yogurt & butter

Posted on Aug 14, 2014
Homemade yogurt & butter

About six years ago we started getting a raw milk share from a local farm in Vermont, a half-gallon a week, a habit we continued when we came back to Buffalo in 2012. It’s legal for dairy farmers to sell a certain quantity of raw milk directly from their farms in Vermont, but it’s illegal […]

The infamous dilly beans

Posted on Jul 31, 2014
The infamous dilly beans

I had no idea what a dilly bean was until I moved to Vermont. Turns out they’re just green beans pickled using the same herbs and spices you’d use to make a dill pickle, only they come out a bit more crisp than cukes. And if you tell people about dilly beans without enunciating, they’ll […]

Refrigerator pickles

Posted on Jul 3, 2014
Refrigerator pickles

If you’ve been paying attention to me at all in the last 11 years, you know I like to pickle a few things here and there. But not everyone is willing or able to buy a half bushel of produce, drag out canning pot, and spend the better half of a day steaming up their […]

The great scape

Posted on Jun 26, 2014
The great scape

The first time I ever saw garlic scapes was at a mid-day farmers’ market on Main Street in downtown Buffalo back in 2004ish. A farmer had a bushel basket full of these swan-like curly tendrils that looked like a cross between a flower and a fairytale. He graciously explained what they were and I bought […]

Surviving salad season

Posted on Jun 9, 2014
Surviving salad season

If you have a CSA share, a garden, or both (if you’ve lost your mind like me), you may be eyeballing your harvest and asking yourself, “What the hell am I going to do with all this lettuce?!” Even though just three short months ago we dreamed of the tender green leaves of arugula, spinach, […]