Everyday Indulgences: Cucumbers

28 Jul 2010, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in farm, indulgences

Oh, crunchy cucumber, how I love thee. And I love thee naked, pickled, puréed, sliced or diced. You give me reprieve from the disgusting heat of summer, and sometimes you just offer a little pick-me-up. That is why, when feasting on your natural beauty, with just a hint of sea salt, my 6-year-old niece approached, and I offered her a pony to go away. I needed you all to myself. *** Yes, I dig the cucumber. I admit it shamelessly and with reckless abandon. In recent years, given how sensitive my palate has become, I’ve found it impossible to eat…

Foie Gras: Making Informed Choices

04 Dec 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in farm, news & buzz

I’ve met many artisanal farmers over the years, and to a person they care passionately about their work, their livestock, and for raising them in a humane way. In the end, it makes the food taste better. A stressed out cow or duck is going to have some very tough meat for you to chew, so it is in the farmer’s best interest to keep his livestock calm and happy.

The Future of Food

12 Sep 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in farm, food

My pal Art Insana has created a wonderful new site called, which takes a compelling look at the trends that will shape our world in the days and decades ahead, with contributions on topics ranging from fashion to science. I’m intrigued to see the discussions that will surely arise. When Art asked me to write a piece on food for the site’s debut, I could not help but think about the local (or locavore) movement, and what that might mean for us, globally, as a species. There are more questions than answers that arise when examining such a topic,…

Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley Wine Trail

24 Aug 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in beverages, farm, travel

Last week I was invited on a little adventure to explore the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail in Chester County, PA, about 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia. At first I was surprised — I was not aware there was a wine trail in Pennsylvania. Infinitely curious and not sure what to expect, I set off with an open mind. I’m glad I did, as this picturesque region has a lot to offer the food & wine explorer. With its 8 vineyards, the 50-mile trail is easy enough to visit over the course of a weekend, though there are other distractions that…

Video: Halifax Farmers Market

14 Apr 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in chefs & restaurants, farm, travel, videos Play in new window | Download | Embed Chef Dennis Johnston of Fid Restaurant takes Jennifer on an o’dark-hundred tour of the Halifax Farmers Market, introducing her to some of his favorite artisanal purveyors. He was also very patient with her morning need for gallons of caffeine. A production of The Culinary Media Network.

FP83: What’s Your Beef?

07 Apr 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in farm, food, podcast

If you’re a beef lover like me, things can get a little confusing when it comes to buying the right thing — or even finding out which beef you like best.

FP82: Chef Brian Scheehser

23 Jan 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in chefs & restaurants, farm, podcast Play in new window | Download | Embed Chef Brian Scheehser of Trellis Restaurant in Kirkland, WA joins me to talk about farm to table, sustainable cuisine and his tips for preserving delicious fruits and vegetables through the winter months. In these times, we can all use some help with that! Food Philosophy is a production of the Culinary Media Network ( Music: Beau Hall ( and George Fletcher’s Bourbon Renewal (

CMN Video: Bogs Across America

09 Oct 2008, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in farm, food, videos

CMN Video: Bogs Across America Jennifer and Chef Mark get a healthy dose of cranberries at Ocean Spray’s Bogs Across America event in New York’s Rockefeller Center. We get cooking tips from Cindy Taccini, learn how cranberries are harvested from Adrienne Kravitz, taste some great dishes and learn who won the cranberry recipe contest from Chef Tyler Florence, and we even run into Justin & Henry, those goofy cranberry growers from TV. A production of The Culinary Media Network.

FP56: CheddarVision

22 Jul 2007, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in farm, podcast

These innovative Brits not only produce some fantastic cheese, but they’ve also created the world’s first live-streaming video of cheddar…aging. Consider it the gourmet version of watching paint dry.

The Farmosphere?

05 Jul 2007, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in farm

I love it when technology functions as a tool to help those who might, at first glance, live a life far removed from the cyberexistence that pervades the rest of us (I, for one, seem to be chained to this laptop). Last weekend I wrote an article about farmers markets for our Hudson Valley newspaper, the Times Herald-Record, and they published an interesting follow-up story today on some local farmers who are actively blogging. This helps them to keep their neighbors apprised of what’s happening both in the fields and at the local market, and gives us, as consumers, a…

FP54: Rogowski Farm Part I

02 Jul 2007, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in farm, podcast

Chef Mark is here in the Hudson Valley with me this week, so we headed up to the famous Black Dirt region to visit my friend Cheryl Rogowski, proprietor of Rogowski Farm in Pine Island, NY.