Author Archive: Brande

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Apple Dutch Baby

Apple Dutch Baby

Tonight, the temperature here is going down to 7 degrees. Seven. For us here in eastern Pennsylvania, that’s unusually cold even in the dead of winter. Everyone’s face gets all scrunched up when they’re outside because it hurts. I don’t mind winter or the cold so much at all, as long as I have my […]

January 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Book Review: Real Food Fake Food

Book Review: Real Food Fake Food

I have often said my life would be easier if I wasn’t informed about food and if I didn’t care deeply about eating good, honest, sustainable and humanely raised food. There is nothing convenient about my quest for food. There is no one-stop shopping since I need to visit several places just to get everything I […]

November 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Spiced Roasted Eggplant with Bulgur Salad

Spiced Roasted Eggplant with Bulgur Salad

As in years’ past, the leaves on my garden eggplants look like Swiss cheese this October. Once again they are the unfortunate victims of flea beetles I simply didn’t take the time to battle. There was even a big fat tomato hornworm I didn’t have the heart to kill. It was huge by the time I […]

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DIY Natural Skincare: Winners and Losers

DIY Natural Skincare: Winners and Losers

If I could hold my head up high and proudly look you square in the eyes, you’d see that my skin is looking great. I’m slightly ashamed to tell you it’s not because of the plethora of DIY natural skincare concoctions I’ve been trying on my face. For more than a year starting with my […]

September 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Tomato cucumber salad with quinoa and grilled sourdough

Tomato cucumber salad with quinoa and grilled sourdough

This is that magical time of year for food when all things come together to produce an embarrassment of riches, a “stupid first world problem.” In the Tomato Envy garden, there is so much fresh food it’s hard to know what to do with all of it. That’s when I turn to my trusty collection of […]

September 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Summer Gazpacho

Summer Gazpacho

Someone reminded me the other day that although it’s September and photos of other peoples’ kids heading off to school with their new backpacks flood my Facebook feed, it’s still NOT fall. That doesn’t come until September 22nd this year, the autumnal equinox. So while I might be so over the heat and hard work […]

September 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
DIY Calendula Oil for Great Skin

DIY Calendula Oil for Great Skin

How amazingly pretty are these little orange flowers? The sunny good looks of  these edible calendula flowers belie their very serious benefits for dry, damaged skin. When you combine these benefits with those of a super nourishing oil, you tell your troubled skin, “I mean business.” Benefits of calendula for the skin Calendula, an annual flower sometimes […]

August 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
10 Fall Crops to Grow Now

10 Fall Crops to Grow Now

I have mixed feelings about late summer. I wait all winter for spring because I love getting my hands in the soil and harvesting the first fresh food of the year. All summer, I work constantly to keep up with harvesting food, cooking  or preserving it and making sure it doesn’t go to waste. Now as […]

August 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Zucchini Oat Bread

Zucchini Oat Bread

Do you know people who consider zucchini bread to be almost as good as eating the vegetable itself? I do. I know people that use this sweet bread as a way to disguise zucchini so their kids will eat it. That’s all ridiculous. Let’s just call zucchini bread what it is: cake. Zucchini bread of course […]

August 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
Miso Sweet Corn Soup

Miso Sweet Corn Soup

Maybe it’s because my garden’s tomato harvest hasn’t yet begun to overwhelm me or maybe it’s my tendency to hoard food for winter, but when I saw the recipe in Bon Appetit for this soup, my first thought was, “I need to make big batches for the freezer!” My urgency to make this miso sweet […]

July 25, 2016 | By | Reply More