Tomato feta salad

June 4, 2011
Tomato Feta Salad
Tomato feta salad | Photo by BNF

There’s something wonderful about buying fruits and vegetables this time of year.

They taste fresher and sweeter and … well, they taste like they’re supposed to.

(Basically, the opposite of hothouse tomatoes in December. Ick.) Read the rest of this entry »


My ‘garden’

May 24, 2011

My very first ripe tomato

When I was growing up (in the mountains of NC), my mom and step-dad had (and still have) a decent sized garden.

And, naturally, as one of their 6 children, it was my colonial-style duty to help dig, plant, hoe, weed, pick and can.

My sister Dee and I used to wear bikinis and sneakers hoping to at least get a tan out of the deal. (My parents were usually pretty late planters, so there was plenty of sun. Nothing like Florida, but still.)

Once, I managed to plant about three rows of onions upside-down before anyone noticed.

My mom thought it was hilarious. She laughed and laughed. I, on the other hand, the person who had to go back and dig up and re-plant said onions was not laughing. Read the rest of this entry »

Granny Zeller’s marinara sauce

January 29, 2011

Granny Zeller's marinara sauce | Photo by Brave New Food

While many recipes on this blog might come from non-Italian sources (, my “cook everything” cookbooks, etc.), this recipe is straight legit. My adorable New Yorker step-grandmother, “Granny Zeller,” was of Italian descent and one of the best cooks in New York. (I’m legally allowed to say this because it’s 100 percent accurate.) Her marinara┬árecipe has been passed down through generations, and now I’m passing it on to you.

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