Welcome to my kitchen! Cooking and baking with the seasons has been a part of my life since I was just a little kid. Here in New England, seasonal cooking is more than the fresh produce available during that time of year. It’s the “feeling” that you get when making popsicles or grilled meats in the summer, or a warm bowl of pasta in the winter! Whether it’s Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter or any holiday in between, I hope these recipes satisfy your seasonal cravings.
I’m a 28-year-old New Englander by heart and by home. I’ve lived in New England my whole life, developing fond memories and the tough skin of a New Englander, loving and living through the beautiful New England seasons! I grew up in a town filled with old colonial-era homes, rolling hills, orchards and berry farms – which still inspires my cooking today!
I grew up with my dad in the kitchen, watching him carefully dice beautiful garden carrots, onion, and celery that he picked up at one of the dozen farm stands in town. He taught me to take my time cutting the veggies, because the TLC of the farmer, along with the TLC of the chef, is what makes a dish special. I also distinctly remember my childhood lunch box, filled with deli sandwiches that my mom would make, stacked high with local veggies and farm stand fresh mozzarella (New England style!). On weekends, I was Dad’s “little sous chef,” helping him prepare for our special Sunday dinners. I loved watching him experiment with seasonal ingredients to turn them into masterful creations.
It was in my final year of college that I truly caught my dad’s cooking bug and found my own way, recipe testing and creating on weekend nights. Tastefully Grace began as a simple way of writing down all of my crazy concoctions and to remember the special moments my family shared in the kitchen growing up.
My obsession grew more after college when I sat at my cubicle in corporate America, daydreaming about how to make the perfect Panzanella Salad out of the heirlooms I bought at the farm stand that morning on my way to work. That’s when I left the corporate world to pursue Tastefully Grace full-time!
In the springtime, try my Italian Fennel Orange Salad or Mom’s Homemade Strawberry Preserves. In the summer, I’m loving Chipotle Corn Salsa with fresh, sweet corn and Bruschetta Chicken. In the fall, don’t forget Pumpkin Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting and Whipped Ricotta With Brown Butter Fried Sage and Honey. Wintertime calls for Dad’s Split Pea Soup With Ham and Best Ever Oven Smoked Brisket. All the seasonal “feels” are here on Tastefully Grace!
As Seen On…
- Food Network
- Fox News Channel
- Great Day Connecticut
- Food & Wine
- FeedSpot (“Best Seasonal Food Blogs” & “Top 20 Northeast US Food Blogs“)
- Good Day Philadelphia
- CT Live!
- News Break
- UConn Magazine
- The FeedFeed
- New Hampshire Union Leader
- NH Life Magazine (Front Page Spread)
- Taste of Home Community Cooks
- Taste of Home Magazine feature April/May 2023
- NH PBS
- The Glastonbury Citizen
- SD Voyager
- Eat This, Not That!
- The Zoe Report
- Carnivore Style
- Thyme of Season (50 Best Food Blogs in 2023)
- Woman’s World (How to Cut Flank Steak & Leftover Buttermilk Ideas)
- Scripps Networks Thanksgiving Special, aired on Scripps News and 60 other TV stations nationwide
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