Fresh, locally grown basil in February? Yep.

Jersey Fresh hydroponic basil from Olive Creek Farms |

I needed fresh herbs for pizza sauce, and I was pleased to find Jersey Fresh basil at Shoprite in February. How is that possible? Hydroponics. It’s a method of growing plants without soil. All the nutrients that plants need come from water in this modern farming method, and it’s very space efficient.  This is a […]

Locavore odds and ends: My recommendations for Center City Restaurant Week and more

FU Sandy from Flying Fish |

A few years ago, someone put forth the theory that the third Monday in January is the most depressing day of the year. The weather is usually poor. Holiday bills are starting to arrive in the mail. New Year’s Resolutions are being broken left and right. We’re coming up to that Monday, and if the […]

Make this: Spicy Walnut Apple Butter Pork Loin

recipe for pork tenderloin

There are many lessons that those of us of a certain age learned from “The Brady Bunch.” One  is that pork and apples go together. (Can’t you just see Peter in his reporter hat and hear him say “pork chops and applesauce?”) So when I went looking for a recipe for a pork tenderloin that […]