foraging podcast

Foraging podcast episode! Tina Sams, editor of The Essential Herbal, and I talk about foraging, herbs, her hugely popular magazine and new book.  This is an on the road episode recorded at the Kutztown Folk Festival. Listen to this episode on iTunes  or listen on your laptop at The People Chronicles. The Essential Herbal links website || facebook || magazine || most recent book

thai pesto

Pestos are a quick and easy way to add full flavor to a dish. My Thai Pesto (vegan and gluten-free) is a great way to play with the flavors of garden fresh herbs. Pesto can be used in salads, sandwiches, added to soups and more! I’d use this pesto in a curry or to drizzle into […]

chef tim’s table

It was a night of firsts for nearly all of us and what a splendid night it was. My upcoming birthday seemed like a good excuse to gather friends to celebrate, with a twist. Not to celebrate me but another friend! An opportunity came my way, it was like the stars aligned (I like to […]

Angela’s buns podcast

Oh, this episode! Angela’s buns podcast is a special one, with guest Angela Duen and our photo with a fire truck. Angela posts the most flavorful photos of family dishes, inspired by her Chinese heritage. Just check out her photos below. I had to get the scoop! She’s a mom, she’s a working professional, she […]

pure food for thought: perfection

This month’s episode of Pure Food for Thought was recorded on the road! There is a reason for the folk-style dresses, the Kutztown Folk Festival. Be sure to put that event on your to-do list for July 2016. For Tina Sams, editor of The Essential Herbal magazine, her journey as an entrepreneur has been more than just […]

blueberry salsa

A delicious salsa is possible only during tomato season. My Blueberry Salsa recipe is an easy, healthy excuse to eat the rainbow and adding seasonal fruit makes it even better! The recipe was one of several berry inspired recipes featured in the July 2015 issue of Susquehanna Style Magazine. In addition to enjoying by the scoopful, […]

savory violet compound butter

Quick 2 step note before you get your weekend started. My Savory Violet Compound Butter was shared for the July 2015 issue of Berks County Living, “How to Host a Farm-to-Table Party.” It’s easily made into a vegan recipe too! Ready? STEP 1: Make this butter. STEP 2: Put this butter on grilled or oven […]

raspberry citrus wild rice salad

Aside from flip flops, watermelon, mojitos and straw hats nothing makes me happier than baskets full of locally grown berries. Living in a farm rich community makes savoring berry gems all too easy. Berries aren’t just for smoothies! They are an ideal match with salsa, summer picnic salads or shrub. While shrub based cocktails are […]

berry bliss recipes

Follow your berry bliss! I’m so excited for blueberries, raspberries and berries! But also that the July issue of Susquehanna Style has arrived just in time for the 4th of July! Find easy, healthful and flavorful recipes for your weekend celebrations at Susquehanna Style’s page. You’ll find Blueberry Salsa, Herbal Blackberry Shrub, Raspberry Citrus Wild […]

summer grilling podcast

Summer Grilling Podcast Episode Ever heard of a bavette cut of beef?  We talk the upside of knowing your butcher to grilling tips with Butcher Bill Cavanaugh of Dundore & Heister – Local, pastured and organic meats. Gas or Charcoal, ribs or aged steaks? Listen in to learn more. (I’m also totally sure you are […]

the herb shop podcast

Lancaster Central Market : The Herb Shop podcast episode My shopping time at Lancaster Central Market, for my Fig Lancaster blog column, isn’t just about sharing seasonal, wholesome recipe inspiration from market finds or visiting the kitchens and gardens of vendors to write their stories. Sometimes I have the chance to chat with the vendors […]

blushing belgian

It seems summer-like temps settled in early. With outdoor grilling in mind, I reached out to my favorite local beer connection for a hot day, beer cocktail recipe. Kevin’s Blushing Belgian recipe is perfect for summer sipping. Kevin Bennet is a regular and popular guest on The 2 Weird Hungry Girls podcast and the owner of Local Buzz […]

summer tea podcast

Summer Tea Podcast Carrie Keplinger, Managing Editor at and tea column author, talks about brewing tea and tea infusions. This chill episode is perfect for hot summer days! Listen to this episode on iTunes  or on The People Chronicles. Find Carrie’s tea articles on Plum Deluxe and the Tea of the Month Club at Plum Deluxe.

allentown cake

I’m certain there must be a recipe, tucked away in your recipe box, which takes you back to a memory in your youth. This Allentown cake is just one of those recipes. I asked friends what recipes brought back sweet memories, baked goods in particular. Baked goods (homemade mac and cheese or grilled cheese and […]

summer jam session

Summer Jam Session It’s a summer jam, tarts and Mercury in retrograde kinda episode. Nan Reinert, founder of Chubby Pickle Farms, visits to share her jam and summer garden wisdom. Listen to this episode on iTunes or on The People Chronicles. Find Chubby Pickle Farms on Facebook

tropical strawberry smoothie

My husband loves a particular tropical strawberry smoothie at a smoothie chain when we are on the road. I wanted to make something similar but with far less sugar; this recipe worked. If you want to skip the limeade concentrate try fresh lime juice, sweetener of your choice and grated lime peel to taste.  If […]

mocha nut smoothie

Skip the drive-through frozen latte. Start your day off on the right foot by whipping up this easy Mocha Nut Smoothie. I used a bit of coffee, boosting the chocolate flavor, but the maca powder gives a healthy pep to your step. Maca is a South American root vegetable processed into a powder and used […]

first 5k

First 5k Well, they’ve gone and done it! Phoebe and Tracy talk about taking control of their wellness and personal goals. Tracy’s puts on her Business & Life Coach hat and shares tips to shake off excuses. (Can’t believe I forgot to post this one!! Well, I’m on my way to meet tracy right now […]

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