Eat With Tess! Stay With Tess!

EatWith has truly been one of the most marvelous things that had ever happened to me, and I am so grateful to my guests for letting me do what I love.  I have even been lucky enough to have guests from Cleveland, Cincinnati, Akron, Wheeling and other far-flung spots come to Westerville just to EatWith me!  

Since I’m already an enthusiasticpart of the sharing economy and since I have the room (and since the house hasn’t sold!), I decided why not provide a place for out of town guests to stay?

 So I have! Click here to see it!

Next you eat with me, perhaps you can stay with me, too. 

Bon Appètit and Bon Voyage!

French Pickled Garlic

When pickled, garlic retains all the flavor of fresh garlic without the “bite” or oder. This is because the acid in vinegar breaks down the the oder-causing components in garlic. Pickled Garlic has long been a part of French cuisine and is often served as an appetizer. It’s particularly popular in Normandy. I prepared a  batch last night in preparation for my EatWith “Dinner In Normandy” offering which will go live in mid-September. You can find the recipe for French Pickled Garlic here. 

I’m leaving for a month in France tomorrow and will begin my stay with a week and a half at Casa Belle. Gilles, who is both host and chef, has kindly invited me to observe him in the kitchen. Such a treat! Since Pickled Garlic needs to brine for four to five weeks, it will be ready to enjoy when I return in a month….and enjoy it I shall!

Bon appétit!

Tess

Shop Fresh. Shop Local. Shop at a Farmers Market!

When was the last time shopping at your local big box grocery store made you feel good? That’s what you’re missing if you’re not shopping at your local Farmer’s Market. Here are some GREAT reasons to shop local.

Discover Variety, Freshness and Flavor
You will find heirloom tomatoes and many more unique varieties of produce that aren’t farmed in mass on mega farms. The flavors will surprise you. Find out what a “real” tomato tastes like!
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Enjoy the season.
While we can now get produce of any sort at any time of year, mass-produced, hothouse-grown fruits and vegetables lack flavor and freshness. There’s a lot of pleasure to be had from eating what’s in season when it’s in season. It gives one something to look forward to and relish when you have it. Rather than settle for tasteless, bland produce that’s available year around, allow yourself the pleasure a treat…a treat that’s not always available.
Support Small Farms.
Family farms need your support. With the rapid growth of agribusiness and mega farms, family farms are struggling to compete. Without them, we will no longer have farmers who are personally involved with and truly care about what they produce and who cultivate varieties that, without them, will be lost. When you support a family farm, you make a difference, AND you know exactly where your food came from!
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I shop at the Uptown Westerville Farmers Market on Wednesday afternoons. If you go, make sure and check out Bird’s Haven Farm for a large selection of fresh produce including heirloom tomatoes, fresh herbs and outstanding cucumbers. You can find a Farmers Market near you with the USDA Farmers Market Directory. Visit a Farmers Market and discover how much better food tastes when it’s fresh, local and seasonal!.
Bon appetit!
Tess