Thanksgiving Special: Homemade Cranberry-Apple Sauce

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, my favorite feast of the year!  Thanksgiving truly highlights the importance of food in our culture and its symbolic significance.  Going back to the first Thanksgiving with the pilgrims and the Native Americans, food represented a new fusion of cultures and culinary traditions as well as promises of peace and coexistence, which…

From the Fields to My Table

With all the fresh produce I harvested, it was only natural that I use the literal fruits of my labor for a farm fresh feast!   As a little warm-up before the feast, I made myself a farm fresh breakfast. I concocted an open-faced farm egg sandwich, sunny side up, over a bed of spinach…

A Day in the Fields

To gain a more complete perspective on farm-to-table, I decided it was time to get to the source, hit the fields, and do some harvesting.  Early on a Friday morning, I laced up my Timberlands, strapped on my overalls, grabbed a pair of gloves, and headed out to Guy’s black dirt fields in Chester, NY.…

Soup alla Guy Jones

I decided that it was time to finally try soup with Guy Jones’ ingredients. With the onset of Autumn, there’s no better time to make a farm fresh soup!    The soup turned out to be an extreme heath soup packed with flavor. I used garlic, shallots, kale, zucchini, yellow squash, peas, and Jerusalem artichoke.…

Trials and Tribulations of Squash Blossoms

This is a bit of an ode to squash blossoms since they’re on their way out for the season, but I thought I must document my journey with them this summer/early fall. Attempt #1 of stuffed squash blossoms   At Esca we have our Fiore di Zucca appetizer, which consists of goat cheese-stuffed zucchini flowers…

Blooming Hill Farm Market

Blooming Hill Market At the farm every Saturday Blooming Grove, NY 10am-2pm   If you want quality local organic produce and an experience that wraps you up in the mystique of it all, you have to go to Blooming Hill Farm.  The selection of seasonal vegetables, fruits, and herbs is remarkable with an extensive list…

Why I Care: My Background

The transnationalism of Italian food traditions is the driving force beyond this blog.  My love affair with Italy has shaped the way I think about food with an appreciation for quality ingredients and meals that form both family and society. My curiosity with food and food identity, particularly Italian food, stems from my profound interest…