Rick Rodgers: Baking Season Begins

As I write this on my back porch, there is (finally!) a discernible nip in the air. Every year, I wait for this change in the weather to signal the unofficial start of the baking season. When summer’s heat is as relentless as it was this year, baking, which requires turning on the oven, often … Continue reading

Rick Rodgers: “Essence of Summer” Salad

Summer is winding down. I can practically hear the days ticking away like an old-fashioned alarm clock. I stalk my local farmer’s market, filling paper bags with gorgeous produce to savor at home before my favorite fruits and vegetables disappear until next summer. Sure, we can all buy melons, tomatoes, corn, peaches, and plums throughout … Continue reading