Lisa Reeder



Photo: Beyond the Flavor

Secret ingredient: Along came some cider

Fresh apple cider is the quintessential autumn drink in Central Virginia, and has a long and relevant history here that predates even Mr. Jefferson. When European colonists arrived in the 1600s, they invested in survival by planting apple orchards. Because apples don’t bear true to seed (due in part to their survivalist tactic of mixing […]

June ABODE: Your Kitchen

June ABODE: Your Kitchen

(Photo by beyondtheflavor.com) In the United States, duck has been a traditional autumn and early winter food because that is the appropriate time to pull it from the sky with a gun and some luck. The happy hunter would enjoy an animal robed in fat from easy summer eating. In late fall, the birds have […]

April ABODE: What makes good bread better

April ABODE: What makes good bread better

(File photo) Bread is made from grain, liquid, leavener, and love. Laugh if you will at the last ingredient, but without love in bread, you may find yourself in the bread aisle of the supermarket, attempting to choose between Limp Insipid (made with high fructose corn syrup) and Limp Insipid with Added Fiber (also made […]

Abode: Paying homage to the pepper.

Abode: Paying homage to the pepper.

Paying homage to the pepper The long, strong days of sunshine are slipping away, and nighttime falls silent as the insects finish their summertime symphony. Every environmental cue carries one message to the plant world: FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED.  If you haven’t bloomed yet, bloom. If you need to be pollinated—you better find a bee. […]

September 2011: Your Kitchen

September 2011: Your Kitchen

When in Romas The humble Roma tomato is easy to overlook at summertime markets. Let’s face facts—you’ve bypassed them a million times in the supermarket, so red and cheerful (even in the dark night of winter) that they seem to be imitating wax fruit. Amid the motley, knobbly heirloom tomatoes (Mr. Stripey! Cherokee Purple!) and […]

June 2011: Your Kitchen

June 2011: Your Kitchen

If strawberry season came and went as something of a surprise to you, the natural world has but one message for you: WAKE UP. The Year in Fruit is an annual parade that arrives in town, marches through, and then is gone until next spring. Each fruit is a group that marches together, with a […]

May 2011: Your Kitchen

May 2011: Your Kitchen

Spring siren The strawberry is a sign of spring in full swing. Her neat appearance, modest curves and sweet, enticing aroma create quite a stir at City Market—everyone wants to smell, and touch, and move closer to this bright berry. Children cannot be called off. She catches your eye, peeking out from beyond the spinach […]