eat and do gatlinburg guide

My eat and do Gatlinburg Guide. Never heard of Gatlinburg? It’s in Tennessee. This post is a doozie, I’m stuffing this blog with photos too. Tennessee is too beautiful and so very worth the drive from Pennsylvania. When we told my brother we were heading out this way to be vendors in the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s […]

Savory Stuffed Acorn Squash

Another recipe born of local, seasonal produce and shopping my own pantry shelves is this Savory Stuffed Acorn squash. Dinner on a dime and it’s healthy too. I made this several times and Dan (the meat eater) enjoyed each batch. You can easily substitute the rice with quinoa. This recipe is vegetarian but a rather […]

Jewish Food & Cultural Festival podcast

Get the Inside Scoop on the Jewish Food & Cultural Festival (click here) Fresh blintzes, bagels and lox, knishes, chicken matzo ball soup, apple cake and ruggalah…shall I go on? We know where we’ll be on Sunday, November 2nd. Join us! Amanda and Barbara members of Wyomissing’s Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom, talk about what sells out, what […]

making moments matter: podcast

 (click here to listen in) Making moments matter is the mantra of Andy Hayes, founder of He visits to shares his Portland perspective, vision for the magazine and upcoming projects for Plum Deluxe. You’ll never guess what he views dozens of when looking out his window… no, it’s not pizza shops or cupcakeries. Also, […]

dessert beer podcast

9.26.14 Dessert Beer Sampling with Kevin Bennett of Local Buzz Consulting < — click here to listen in Ever thought you could pair a beer with cheesecake or make a beer float? Well, you can! In this dessert beer podcast, we sample three local beers with local beer and spirits expert, Kevin Bennett of Local Buzz Consulting. […]

apple harvest salad

It’s apple pickin’ season and I have a simple, crowd pleasing Apple Harvest Salad recipe that’s as good for you as it is flavorful. The superstar of the dish is a freshly picked apple. Yup, it’s that simple and that splendid at the same time. I visited Weaver’s Orchard, my local orchard, to find a […]

the culinary classroom experience

When stepping into Linda Bell’s TheCulinary Classroom, the first thing you’ll notice won’t be anything visual. I mean, there is a gorgeous island (more like a cooking runway), freshly cut flowers, cucumber water and a plate of cheese and crackers. And, let’s not overlook the rustic farm table laid out with the evening’s course work […]

Lancaster Central Market : Wendy Jo’s podcast

We had a special guest in the recording studio this month. Wendy Jo Hess of Wendy Jo’s Homemade stopped by to share sweet stories. We talked about how her bakery business began, some of her favorite recipes and her client’s favorites. This link will take you right there. By the way, she makes killer chocolate chip cookies! […]

easy raw beet slaw

Looking for a fresh approach to beets and butternut squash? I’ve been on the road recently, talking about seasonal, wholesome eating (love!). One of the recipes I shared is this Easy Raw Beet Slaw. You’ll love it for 3 reasons. It’s super inexpensive. It’s quick to prepare. You can play with the flavors. BONUS: it’s […]

moroccan stew

You may say whatever you like but summer is not over, just yet. I will concede it might be cooling down and the sun is starting to set a bit earlier but that’s as far as I’ll go. With farm stands bursting at the seams with hearty vegetables I suppose it’s time we have that […]

fig lancaster & fig cocktails podcast

Click here for the Fig Lancaster & Fig Cocktails podcast episode with the 2 Weird Hungry Girls. Theresa Yerger and Josh Seibert, of Fig Lancaster, stop by to chit chat about all the fabulous things going on in the heart of Lancaster. Your local to-do list just got loads longer! Get the scoop on where to grab a great beer and pizza […]

chilled pea soup

In honor of my “it’s still summah” declaration here is my Chilled Pea Soup recipe. But wait! (oh, I’m so clever.) I saved this one for last. As we transition from summer to fall enjoy this soup chilled or warmed. I love the simplicity of the flavors. If you’d like to get fancy or you don’t mind […]

peach freezer jam

I know, I know! Peach season is nearly over. You’ll want to make a batch of this Peach Freezer Jam before local peaches are gone. It’s easy and it’s good to have a hostess gift in the freezer in a pinch. The recipe uses Limoncello. If you don’t have limoncello you have 3 options. Buy […]

beet blackberry lentil salad

I love this Beet Blackberry Lentil Salad salad for it’s earthy flavors, toothsome texture of the lentils and that it’s satisfying in such a good for you and belly filling way. It was always a favorite of my client’s (when I did my private chef meal delivery). Enjoy it alone, as a side or a main […]

interview with the Beekman 1802 Boys

9.5.14 Interview with Beekman 1802 Boys, Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge It was my birthday weekend and I wanted to squeeze all kinds of good phoebe-lovin’ stuff in to one day! My pal Nan and I did just that. That included, but is not limited to, eating our way through Bethlehem VegFest, dinner at a divine […]

fig cocktail

This is it. It’s a fig cocktail but it’s like an old fashioned so it’s a Fig Fashioned cocktail. There is such a story, albeit short, behind the making of this cocktail. I mean the cocktails in the above photo. Aside from the story (which I’m too embarrassed to share) this makes for a great […]

peach crumb muffin recipe {vegan}

Peaches. Only the most amazing fruit summer has to offer. Period. I’m right about this. So that argument is won…by me (and you, of course, if you love peaches that is) I was recently with a friend for a lady date. We went to see The Hundred-Foot Journey. The secret is out, I do not […]

cherry mash cocktail

Like an Old Fashioned but better. This Cherry Mash recipe is my new favorite cocktail. With summer on the way out (someone’s gotta say it) it seems appropriate we celebrate with late summer sweets stirred with a bit of bourbon. This is simple and I hope you savor it as much as I do. And […]

wigle whiskey interview : podcast

It’s a podcast (audio) and webisode (video) Wigle Whiskey 101 Their classes fill nearly as quickly as they list them. The Gin is top shelf. Local farmers…Wigle Whiskey supports them. Quality, they’ve got that mastered. I had the chance to speak with Meredith Grelli, Wigle Whiskey co-owner. 8.29.14 Chitchat with Co-Owner of Wigle Whiskey If you’ve never […]

basil corn salad

The easiest and most flavorful way to savor summer corn will be in the preparation of this Basil Corn Salad. No kidding. Born of necessity and enjoyed from year-to-year this is a household favorite and perfect as a covered dish. Tell me, what else will you be doing with all that basil and corn? Fritters? […]