I have nothing against pecan, pumpkin or apple pie, but summer pie is the pie I love best. Soft stone fruit and berries are sweet and luscious and extra good baked in a buttery crust. I can’t say I have a favorite one, in fact I like to mix it up and toss some blueberries […]

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  • July 31, 2015 - 9:31 am

    Tony Lovell - I’ve not had ginger a lot–it’s pungent and spicy, and I just haven’t used it, personally–but you make Ginger Peach Pie sound so delicious that I seriously want to try it now!

    If I had to pick a pie to have in the summer, it would definitely have to be a Strawberry-Cherry Pie! I’m not talking canned fruit, either. I like a deep, dark cherry (usually Bing variety), chopped up with chopped fresh strawberry, and then I sugar-set them in the fridge for a day or two. Then, I cook them down in a sauce pan with just a slight drop of vanilla (pure, not imitation, and that’s only because I’ve never used actual beans), and then pop it into a pie and bake. A scoop of vanilla bean ice cream is so amazing on top of this! And that’s just a summer pie! If you want to discuss pies in the fall and winter, well–I’ve got some of those, too!ReplyCancel

    • July 31, 2015 - 3:50 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Tony, do you use a thickener for your pies? I’m partial to instant tapioca, it never gets gummy as cornstarch and flour sometimes do. I love cherry pie, but I am too lazy to pit cherries, so I use frozen ones :)ReplyCancel

  Travel and food, especially new food have always been intertwined for me. When I embarked on a yoga retreat to Bali I was excited about  eating Indonesian food, though I wasn’t quite sure what that would be. The only Indonesian food I’d heard of was rijstaffel, which is really Dutch. Before the trip, as part of […]

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Last week I mentioned the rotisserie chicken throwdown that didn’t happen. Good news; in a rescheduled event the chicken fight took place, and the results were not quite what I expected. Initially my intent was to do a blind taste test, but that didn’t happen. Nonetheless, we forged ahead and did our best to do […]

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  • July 27, 2015 - 8:05 am

    Farin Vazquez - Haha I’m sure my father in law would love to hold a rotisserie chicken throwdown… the whole family are chicken connoisseurs really.ReplyCancel

    • July 27, 2015 - 9:05 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Farin, It sure was fun! I still prefer my own roasted chicken.ReplyCancel

  • July 27, 2015 - 8:17 am

    Sarah Honey - I love that you did a Rotisserie Chicken Throwdown! Great info!
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    • July 27, 2015 - 9:07 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Sarah, I’ve been thinking about doing it for a while, it was a fun experiment.ReplyCancel

  • July 27, 2015 - 10:02 am

    Laura - Love your analysis. I’ve often wondered about the slimy, non-poultry flavor of Costco’s birds.ReplyCancel

  • July 27, 2015 - 2:45 pm

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Interesting experiment Nancy. Well said.ReplyCancel

  • July 27, 2015 - 7:38 pm

    Barbara Hoyer - This was so helpful! I’ve read about using rotisserie chicken made at the grocery store as an easy way to get a meal on the table, but I haven’t tried it yet myself.ReplyCancel

  • July 27, 2015 - 9:13 pm

    Reesa Lewandowski - We love buying rotisserie chickens!ReplyCancel

  • July 27, 2015 - 9:27 pm

    Cathy Goodwin - Ha … at Headhouse Market you pay $12 for a whole small raw chicken that tastes like nothing else! Also RIneer Farms in RIttenhouse Market has amazing chickens … I don’t think they’re up to $8.99/lb. though. $4.49/lb. for wings adds up!

    You should compare WF with DiBruno’s. DiBruno’s can be dry but is usually good.ReplyCancel

  • July 28, 2015 - 3:45 am

    Kelly Anderson Moran - Rotisserie Chickens are my favorite shortcut to a great meal!ReplyCancel

A few weeks ago I read an article about a woman who decided to drink a lot of water; a gallon a day.  She looked so much better at the end of the four weeks, I figured it was worth a try. I mean if all you have to do is drink a quart of water almost […]

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  • July 24, 2015 - 10:36 am

    Linda Roy - I’m going to try this. I’ve been drinking more water, but I’m still an iced tea addict and right now I’m drinking an extra large coffee. I like to keep a pitcher of cucumber water in the fridge to drink throughout the day and yes, I spend most of of the day peeing! I need to do something about my puffy eyes for sure. Thanks for sharing this!
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    • July 24, 2015 - 10:58 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Linda, I have lately become addicted to Califia Farms Iced Mocha, but I have given it up as I can only hold so much liquid. I am starting to feel like a human sponge :) Cucumber water sounds like a nice change (and still counts as water in my book!)ReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2015 - 11:35 am

    Hollie - I’m glad I found your blog through the Northeast bloggers page!

    I’ve always found when I drink more water, my skin radiates and glows more. I’m glad it’s working out really well for you.
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  • July 27, 2015 - 8:27 am

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Hi Nancy, though you admittedly look better on day fourteen, so does the lighting in that photo as compared to the other two. I seem to remember your skin being quite bright and lovely at the Philly Farm and Food Fest, and, under fluorescent conditions. I have, all my life drank quite a lot of water daily, a gallon would just put it over the top a bit, I do believe. And I’m with you on the sleep component if it was keeping you up at night. I too value my sleep and would find such a sacrifice over the top. Interesting experience for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • July 27, 2015 - 9:11 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Peggy,I know the pictures are so varied (lighting, angle etc.) it’s tough to see any difference. I also think that because I already was drinking a good amount of water that any changes weren’t very dramatic. I think people who experience those amazing transformations are people who formerly were drinking lots of coffee, soda, or diet soda, and juices. In the cold weather I do drink a cup of coffee sometimes, I never drink soda or juice.ReplyCancel

My first job after graduating from culinary school was feeding the (future) clergy at The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church (as it is formally known). GTS (as it is otherwise known) takes up a full square block of Manhattan real estate in Chelsea. It is a beautiful place, and if you get a chance you should […]

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  • July 22, 2015 - 6:59 am

    Cathy Goodwin - Recently met someone who cooks for some Jesuit priests. She volunteered for an event and her food was so good, she was invited to work for them. She loves the work and they’re very, very appreciative!

    This is a great angle on cooking because you show that people who cook play important but usually invisible roles. Have you seen the wonderful series The Duchess of Duke Street? Old but good.
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  • July 25, 2015 - 9:42 am

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Hi Nancy. Insightful post, admittedly not too sure I would have enjoyed that position. I’m pretty sure no one in this life is perfect, no matter what the chosen path or calling.ReplyCancel

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