Monthly Archives: September 2013

Product Profile: Lula’s Fruit Crisp Mix

You should never speak badly of your competition, they say.

Grayscale Lulas in a  bowl

I understand what’s behind that. And I won’t speak badly of anyone here. But I have to tell you that I definitely spent a good chunk of time, in the early phases of Your Spice of Life,  looking at what my competitors were doing. I had a very critical eye, and made careful note of what I appreciated about their products, whether it be packaging, price or taste — and also things I was not a fan of. Read the rest of this entry

Recipe: “So you think you don’t like kale?” Raw Kale Salad

kale my plant

“Magic Kale Plant” — has survived 4 Northeast winters

It’s scary looking!

It’s bitter!

I don’t know what to do with it!

Yes, I have literally heard all of these reasons, and more,  not to eat kale… and I would like to give  you some info that may change your mind.

First of all, it’s NOT scary looking, it’s a beautiful expression of green bounty! Kale comes in so many varieties — deep dark green, slender leaves, pale green, wide elephant ear leaves, pebbled surfaces, smooth as a peach, frilly lace edging, modest plant, mammoth plant… To me, the beauty comes from the richness of the varieties. There is no such thing as a shy kale plant — they are all bold, beautiful, and HEY, LOOK AT ME! Read the rest of this entry

Recipe: Korma ~ Vegetable Curry with Coconut

I am a lucky girl.

HDF flower garden and hills cropped

Hawk Dance Farm ~ Hillsdale NY

I live in the foothills of the Berkshires,  surrounded by farms of all types — produce (veggies, fruits, herbs), pasture-raised meats, apple orchards, free-range chickens, dairy farms that turn out delicious cheeses, and more.  For any cook,  this is an almost indescribable blessing. I can get the very best AND get to know the people who produce it.

With summer crops at their peak right now, I have a large variety of produce to choose from every week. Doing some menu planning,  I called three of my favorite farmers — New Leaf FarmHawk Dance Farm, and Honey Dog Farm — to check on what each was harvesting

(Did you know that they all grow different crops — sometimes VERY different?  Even when they plant the same vegetables as another farmer, it could be 2 weeks earlier or 3 weeks later, so the harvest times are completely different. AND even when it is the same vegetable at the same time, the VARIETIES of that vegetable can be radically different.  I didn’t realize the extent of these differences in farming, until I moved here and got to know them better — amazing how much I was a victim of supermarket ignorance).  Read the rest of this entry

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