So many sunchokes, so little time

by Jessie K on January 4, 2013

This is what I love about having farmer friends. When they dump off a bag of sunchokes. Thanks, Brendan and Susan of Stone House Farm! I don’t have much experience with sunchokes other than pickling them (check out the pickled sunchoke recipe in my cookbook Tart & Sweet), but I ended up eating several of […]


3 great wintry recipes calling for harissa

by Jessie K on November 5, 2012

I mentioned Jake and I have been eating a lot of harissa lately?  Well, here are the top three stand out harissa-based recipes we made last month, and if you walked into our house today you’d probably be blown back by the lingering smell of chilies. 1. Tunisian Soup with Chard and Egg Noodles I […]


Cider press party

by Jessie K on October 30, 2012

One of the highlights of fall is attending our friends Brendan and Susan’s annual cider press party at their farm, Stone House Farm here in Virginia. Tons and tons of apples are squashed… …using Brendan’s turn of the century cider press he’s retrofitted to make like new. (And by “turn of the century,” I don’t […]


Beautiful, beautiful October

by Jessie K on October 22, 2012

The older I get, the more I love October. The colors, the flavors, the chill in the air. I think I love it so much precisely because I am getting older. October to me symbolizes age and wisdom and experience–the passage of time, a season of reflection before the dormancy of winter and the rebirth […]


Pass the rape greens, please

by Jessie K on October 10, 2012

Jake planted a load of “rape greens” in our fall garden and we’ve been eating on them practically every night for a month. I’d never heard of rape greens. The taste is reminiscent of kale with a soft lettuce-like texture. I haven’t been able to find any recipes calling for rape greens because I get […]


How to make chestnut pesto

by Jessie K on October 7, 2012

After spending a good part of my Sunday tearing my fingernails off trying to extract the chestnut from its hard shell, I think I can safely safe that boiling chestnuts is for suckers. Joy of Cooking advised cutting an X in the flat side of each shell… and boiling them for five minutes, which is […]


Chestnut season

by Jessie K on October 5, 2012

June and I have a busy weekend ahead of us. We’re going to be harvesting chestnuts! We have two great big Chinese chestnut trees in our yard and although this year’s harvest appears lighter than in year’s past (what’s up with that?), there are still more than enough nuts to experiment with in the kitchen. […]


Genius end of summer snack

by Jessie K on September 4, 2012

My friends Fred and Phyllis are avid gardeners who always have a surplus of tomatoes by September. They don’t allow any to go to waste by drying them in a food dehydrator. Phyllis gave me a jar the other day and as you can see I’ve nearly polished it all off. Dried tomatoes are super […]


Scenes from the growing season

by Jessie K on June 19, 2012

The potatoes, corn and tomatoes are coming up. Twelve laying hens live in this fortress but they’re the most bashful bunch of birds I’ve ever encountered. We’ve had them nearly a month now and I feel like I never see them, they’re always hiding in or underneath the Hen Hut. (You can just make out […]


Confessions of a lapsed organic gardener

by Jessie K on June 7, 2012

When I first moved to the country several years ago, I had all sorts of romantic notions about how I was going to live in my new pastoral environment.  I was determined to live organically!  Raise my own vegetables! Slaughter my own chickens! Eat nuts from my own trees!  I was seeking a more pure, […]