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Tomato & Eggplant Tart

Cooler evenings, a subtle change in slant of light, and the beginning waves of turning color in the landscape has me thinking of fall dishes, and this rustic tart featuring voluptuous ripe tomatoes from Brandmoore Farm layered with plump eggplant from Orange Circle … Continue reading

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Putting Up: Crushed Tomatoes and an Anniversary

Another Labor Day weekend has come and gone, and with it the annual session I reserve just for canning tomatoes. Now at their peak, I took advantage of Orange Circle Farm’s online system to order enough Roma tomatoes to last me the coming winter. As one of … Continue reading

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Salad Days — Lobster with Corn and Basil

I’d returned from a week hiking in Newfoundland and, faced with a bare fridge and a radical change in weather, I was glad to be able to cobble together a summery lobster salad mixed with niblets of sweet corn and a handful of … Continue reading

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First signs of spring

No matter how dark or optimal the storage conditions, roots somehow know the changing of the season. Though the bulbs may be spent in the effort, their newly emergent greens are a welcome addition in my kitchen — chopped up, they’re … Continue reading

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Putting Up: Pressure Canning Chicken Stock

Jars of double-rich chicken broth made from Orange Circle Farm‘s flock, will serve as the basis of many a warming meal this coming winter. Along with canned tomatoes, these are a must for stocking my pantry with. Canning tips: Add 2 … Continue reading

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Stewing Hens and Storage Onions from Orange Circle Farm

Stewing hens are a natural part of the cycle of keeping layers, and the ones that Orange Circle Farm currently have available produce a pure, clean broth that can only come from chickens that have led a well-cared for life. I’ll can up the nutritious … Continue reading

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Last Harvest — A Gift of Quince

My favorite kind of gift — a visit with a friend ended with a generous bag of quince from her garden, the season’s last harvest. With these in hand, I’m imagining cooking them down just to enjoy as they change in shade, … Continue reading

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