Maple Mustard Grilled Pork Chops

Andrea Meyers - Maple Mustard Grilled Pork Chops

When you think of local food in Northern Virginia, maple syrup isn’t the first thing to come to mind. Wine, beef, pork, a myriad of vegetables, and apples all fit in with the general notion of the things you’ll find here. If you are surprised to learn that there is a maple syrup producer in… 

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Steamed Asparagus with Red Onions, Almonds, and Raisins

Andrea Meyers - Steamed Asparagus with Red Onions, Almonds, and Raisins

Last spring we planted an asparagus bed, and it has really taken off. At first we only saw small tips peeping up from the soil, then they shot up to tall spears almost overnight. Now the wispy fern sways in the breeze on long thin stems and will stay around for the summer. Asparagus needs… 

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Baby Chard Salad with Asparagus, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Hot Bacon Vinaigrette

Andrea Meyers - Baby Chard Salad with Asparagus, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Hot Bacon Vinaigrette

We’ve been growing chard for a couple years now, and fortunately our chard comes back each spring. The baby leaves are as tender as any salad bowl lettuce and full of flavor, and it’s so satisfying to see the chard sprout, then pick the small, tender leaves and have them on the table in just… 

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Steamed Baby Carrots with Ginger-Garlic Butter

Andrea Meyers - Steamed Baby Carrots with Ginger-Garlic Butter

There’s something about whole baby carrots steamed with the tops on, fork tender and sweet. I adore that delicate flavor and crunch and think they really add beauty to a plate. They are like the little black dress of carrots. And many times they are insanely easy to prepare, like this recipe from Cooking Light.