freekeh tomato salad

Nothing is better than sun-ripened fruits and vegetables. I’m talking about peaches that leave a trail of juice dribbling down your chin and arms. A sun-warmed, slightly sweet tomato. Poppin’ blueberries or beans off the vine screams summer to me. Come on, you know the thought of freshly picked strawberries makes you salivate. How do […]

local farm markets & summer growing: podcast

This week’s podcast is chit chat about Local Farm Markets & Growing Your Own! We speak with Nan Reinert of Chubby Pickle Farms. She shares some tips for mid-summer edible garden growing. We’ll also share some of our favorite, local farmer’s markets. We always laugh lots when Nan visits. Listen in and learn! Catch my recent guest […]

mushroom white pizza

You can’t imagine how excited I was to discover Tom’s Bread now offers pizza crusts. Two, 12-inch freshly baked crusts in a pack! It’s twinsies! I love an excuse to save time on dinner and this was less expensive than frozen or take-out, not to mention a healthier alternative. Shopping Lancaster Central Farm Market, or […]

blueberry pie

This is not the time of year to be kicking back and sipping a summer wine. Well, maybe it is but only if you are getting a move on to savor the local flavors of summer. The Blueberry Pie recipe I’m sharing is so simple that you can kick back, sip your summer wine and enjoy […]

the boy & his banjo: podcast

My favorite local performer stopped by to share a bit of his musical talent.  Conlan Kerschner, inspired by his grandfather’s passion for bluegrass music, has been playing the banjo since he was knee high to a grasshopper. I know you will love his performance. Conlan gives Steve Martin a run for his money! The Boy and His […]

swiss chard and patty pan sauté

I had some fun yesterday as a guest on Robin Costenbader-Jacobson’s program, the Greater Reading Public Eye, on BCTV. You can catch the episode here. I admire Robin and the opportunity to be a part of her show was thrilling. We talked about food inspiration. There was something else I wanted to share and forgot. Oh wait, I […]

warm cherry tart {gf, vegan}

Do not make this recipe if you plan to be alone with the freshly baked tarts. They are irresistible. I don’t joke about sweets. I originally shared this recipe about 4 years ago-ish. It’s still a seasonal favorite of mine. This recipe can be whipped up in no time, is perfect for summer berries or stone […]

corn and blueberry salad {gf, vegan}

I think you need to make this Corn and Blueberry Salad for 3 simple reasons. It is perfect to have in the fridge for a quick dinner as a salad topper or a summer side dish. (add grilled/cooked fish pr poultry, if you prefer) Both blueberries and corn are in season. (Corn is controversial for being […]

raspberry vinaigrette {gf, vegan}

This is a basic recipe you’ll want to have in your back pocket all summer long!  I am madly in love with infusing vinegar, gin, rum and vodka with fruit.  This Raspberry Vinaigrette give you a good excuse to try something savory with seasonal berries. Use this dressing with a mixed greens salad or in […]

cocoa bites {gluten-free, vegan}

4 truths for this week: It is too hot to be cooking. Chocolate cravings are not heat sensitive. Savoring something sweet shouldn’t be a hassle or compromise your eating well plan. You need to make these Cocoa Bites. They are gluten-free vegan too. Susquehanna Style Magazine recently asked me to share three gluten free recipes.  […]

the basket weaver at the kutztown folk festival: podcast

It might be the hottest part of summer but it’s a festival not to be missed. Folks come from beyond the tri-state area to experience the nation’s oldest folk festival. It’s more than quilts. Special guest Vivian Aron (a dearest heart friend) visits the podcast to talk about her years at the festival selling her […]

citrus balsamic dressing

This is a basic recipe to get you started as you plan summer salads (I gave you a simple guide). You should never be buying dressing. Make your own to save money, know what you are eating and play with flavors. Here is a recipe to get you started. I recently did a cooking class […]

summer salad construction 101

It’s too hot to cook. It’s easy to whip up dinner in a pinch.  Here’s how you can start, with this basic blueprint. Did you know you can make a double batch of quinoa and freeze extra for hot nights when you don’t want to turn the stove on. The same is true for beans […]

vegan raspberry lavender ice cream

In the case you live under a rock, you might not have noticed the homemade ice cream and popsicle craze going on right now. It is summer, so what better time to savor sun-ripened fruits or enjoy a cocktail on a stick? There are dozens of vegan ice cream recipes in the magical internet machine […]

coconut mango sticky rice, vegan

I’ve tried to make this recipe several times. My error was in two parts, cooking the coconut milk with the rice and using the wrong grain of rice. This recipe has been a labor of love, as if tasty mistakes are a bad thing. You’ll know what I’m talking about. . . After a perfectly filling […]

blueberry chia quick bread, vegan

It’s a Berry Quick Bread redux. I’m hoping to inspire you to take a basic recipe and play with it. I added chia seeds into this Blueberry Chia Quick Bread recipe.  Easily add chia seeds in muffins, waffles, pancakes, cookies, savory stir fries, top roasted or grilled vegetables or to aid in thickening freezer jams. This bread is made […]

tried it tuesday: boozy pops in lancaster

(photo credit: Fig Lancaster) This weekend is the official start of summer. Need an excuse to celebrate? I’ve gotcha covered. Grab your friends and get on deck. I’ve tasted something you’re going to crave… all summer long. You’ve heard the news about Annie Bailey’s, right? Beer and Boozy Pops are making a seasonal appearance on […]

skip the light beer: 2 weird hungry girls podcast

6.13.14 Skip the Light Beer Do you know what’s in your beer?  Especially light beer?  We speak with return guest Kevin Bennett of Local Buzz Consulting.  He shares local, summer beer options and we learned about beer calories and additives. We also met the “topless can.” That was weird. Just another fun and informative podcast! Listen in […]

vegan strawberry quick bread

I use to buy a quick bread from my pal who has an organic farm bakery but she closed her market stand. My mornings weren’t the same. My mom loves a good quick bread and we’ve been playing with recipes to fill that place on my breakfast plate. This vegan Strawberry Quick Bread seems to […]

fashion fairy godmother: 2 weird hungry girls podcast

The Classic Women’s Style with a European Twist episode.  It’s rather simple really, especially if you have a fashion fairy godmother. I want that, don’t you? Get summer wardrobe ready. We needed expert advice (duh) and that’s what we found in Susan Golembiski. She is a freelance fashion designer, owner of Frock and new owner of Jan Rae. She […]