Author Archives: Toni

What is Certified Naturally Grown (CNG)?

The more I attend farmer’s markets in the area, the more I learn about and meet local farmers. I have lived in this area of Indiana most of my life and, somehow, had no idea that many of these farms even existed. As someone who is in support of eating local, I almost feel ashamed. Apparently,…

Seeds Of Change Pledge To Plant Winner! {Update}

In March, I attended the Chicago Good Food Festival, which is amongst my favorite food events of the year. At the fest you will find everything from farmers to whole food vendors to chef demos to workshops…there’s even a seed exchange (where I plan on spending more time next year.) Inside the vendor exhibit, I…

Is Your Wiener Dirty? Maybe You Need A #Wienervention #Ad #Giveaway

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30 Minute Fresh Mozzarella Cheese

  About a year ago, I decided to try my hand at making fresh mozzarella cheese. Um…not so much. I failed (you can read about my experience here: How To NOT Make Fresh Mozzarella Cheese.) Since then, I have been wanting to try again but feared going through the process and still not ending up…

Indiana Farmer’s Market: LaPorte #NWIndiana

As I mentioned in an earlier post (Indiana Farmer’s Market: Plymouth and Valparaiso), I am trying to make my way around area farm markets in order to promote more fresh, local eating. This past weekend, I decided to drive a bit north to see what was up with the LaPorte, IN farmer’s market. The growing…

Time To “Preserve” Summer: Asparagus

Asparagus season is quickly coming to an end. If you are looking to preserve some asparagus for winter, you better run as fast as you can to your local farmer’s market and buy whatever you can find (I scavenged at two different markets!) My original plan was to pickle and preserve the asparagus because I…

Maiale di Firenze {Recipe} #fwcon

What is “Maiale di Firenze?” “Firenze”, better known in America as Florence and “maiale” which we know as pork…therefore, Pork of Florence. On our recent trip to Tuscany, we learned of  the deliciousness that is tender pork braised in red wine and slow cooked all day with other local ingredients. Not only did we eat…

Farm Food Challenge: Madagascar Red Bitter Lettuce

The Madagascar Red Lettuce Challenge Recently, I was approached by Farmer Damien of Native Roots Organic Farm in Westville, IN with a farm food challenge: creating a recipe using Madagascar Red Bitter Lettuce. He mentioned that most people aren’t sure what to do with bitter lettuces but thought I might be able to come up…

Poached Egg over Pecorino Fondue #fwcon

As I sit here behind my cluttered, neglected desk sipping a cup of over-sweetened, cold coffee, I think back. Just two weeks ago I was relaxing on a Tuscan hilltop, sipping strong Italian coffee wishing that moment would never end. Alas, it did. It always does. However, the memories have to be and will be…

Preserve The Herb: Basil Garlic Scape Pesto

The Fun of Pesto I love growing herbs. When planting season comes around, I can’t wait to pull out my terra cotta pots and fill them with contrasting green plants. Even more exciting is knowing our food will be full of fresh flavor without having to purchase expensive, sad looking herbs at the grocery store….