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 […]

swimsuit podcast episode

Swimsuit Daring, not Doom It’s a swimsuit podcast episode. I forgot to bring the poolside inspired cocktails but there is some swimsuit daring, not doom to lighten our shopping mood in this episode. It’s an audio or video podcast. Robin Horman, Owner of LiliBea’s, A Place for Intimates, showed us several swimsuit tips for all […]

lemon roasted vegetable salad

Spring is popping in Lancaster Central Market and it’s time to grab it by the handfuls! Lemon Roasted Vegetable Salad will put you in a spring frame of mind. Roasting is the easiest way to prepare a quick meal using symbolic spring vegetables (asparagus, new potatoes and radish). While you are all grabby at market, pick […]

roasted red pepper dip

Pass on the cheese ball, or keep the cheese ball, but add this healthier, oh-so-simple, savory variation, Roasted Red Pepper Dip. Did you know that you can save fat and calories by substituting soft cheese for hard cheese? Adding non-fat Greek yogurt to dips is also a secret of mine. Looking for an alternative to […]

for the love of butterflies

For the love of butterflies … and the birds and bees! It’s a PA native plant podcast episode. I never understood, as a child and teen, why my mom spent so much time in her garden. Weeding? It just didn’t make sense. She would be outside for hours, sitting on her plastic gardening bucket making […]

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