A Magazine About Food, Art & Exchange In Midtown Kingston, Published By The Hudson Valley Current.

Sprouts for the Win

This is the season of sprout. As  a verb, sprout is synonymous with spring, and means both the fresh growth itself and the activity it’s engaged in. The sprouts are sprouting up all over the place, tough but tender, on a sunward journey to transformation. Grab a rake on any patch of dirt and you’re […]

Keeping it Vibrant: How to Make Friends with Your Soil

Generally, being compared to dirt isn’t considered especially flattering. We strive mightily to keep dirt out of our houses and off of our clothes, call it “the dirt” when nasty secrets come out. Cleanliness is said to be “next to Godliness” and being “dirt poor” is hardly a happy state of affairs, while being filthy […]


GREEK GREENS AND CHEESE PIE WITH SPROUTED WHOLE WHEAT CRUST INGREDIENTS Crust: • 4 cups sprouted whole wheat     flour • 1 tablespoon baking powder • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 3/4 cup olive oil  • 2 cups water Filling: • 1 small red onion, finely chopped • 3 scallions, thinly sliced • 6 cups […]


Until about a hundred years ago, humans harvested their grains, tied them into sheaves, and left them in the field until the grain was needed. Exposed to weather, inevitably at least some of the grain would begin to sprout. Then just a byproduct of harvest, sprouted grain is now a health-food trend that has continuously […]


It’s the season of the blossom. Tight buds burst into brilliant, silky color. Leaves are unfurling. In the northern hemisphere, baby animals are being born, from bear cubs designed to pack on hundreds of pounds to scrappy featherweight shrews. We’re swapping out the big coats for T-shirts and hoodies, feeling our shoulders relax a little […]


INGREDIENTS • 2 lbs chicken or beef, cut into chunks To Marinate the Meat: • 1 tsp paprika • 1 tsp garlic, finely chopped or minced • 1 tsp ginger, finely chopped or minced • 1/2 tsp salt • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper For Maafe:  • 1 large onion, chopped • 1 Tbsp […]


INGREDIENTS • 1 large butternut squash with a long and thick neck  – peeled, seeded • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces • 3 fresh oregano sprigs • 4 garlic cloves, crushed • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper INSTRUCTIONS   1. […]


And just like that, boom, it’s 2023. The frenzy of the various holidays, which impacts just about everyone who’s not living in a cave, has passed; we made it through the odd week between Christmas and New Years. Mainstream media, as they do every year, goes from pushing feasting and drinking and carrying on to […]


INGREDIENTS • 1 tablespoon butter • 2 heads of garlic, split in half • 1 quart heavy cream • 1 1/2 pounds peeled white potatoes,    1/4 inch slices • 1 1/2 pounds peeled blue potatoes, 1/4 inch slices • 1 1/2 pounds red potatoes, 1/4 inch slices • 2 cups finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano plus […]


NGREDIENTS • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter softened • 1-2  long sweet potatoes (about 2 inches thick), peeled • 3-4 large parsnips, ends trimmed and peeled • 3-5 small beets, peeled • 14 tablespoons heavy cream, divided (whole milk is fine, but mixture won’t thicken as much or be as creamy) • 4 ounces grated Parmesan, […]


Microgreens are harvested young, just a week or two after seed germination. All of the energy that would go into making a large, leafy plant is concentrated in tender, tasty little sprigs of goodness. They’re rich in vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene and more, and can be up to 40 times as nutritionally […]


For the first two weeks of summer, I went to summer camp. During summer camp, a group of other camp members and I went on what they called a “mini-trip”. It consisted of backpacking, camping, and eating trail food for three nights and four days. It was a lot of fun, and we had to […]


Ah, freedom. It’s a word that can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. The forest has many different examples of freedom. Birds fly freely wherever they want, and animals that don’t fly can also roam to their hearts desire.  You can also see freedom in the smallest things, like […]


INGREDIENTS – English Cucumbers quartered and cut into 1 inch pieces – Sugar – Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper – Green Beans trimmed – Scallions cut into 2 to 3 inch pieces – Olive Oil – Lemon Zest plus 1 tablespoon of Lemon Juice – Chopped fresh Dill DIRECTIONS Set-up grill for direct […]

A Late Spring Walk

It’s June now, and the sun is shining. All of the trees have gotten their leaves back, and the grass grows taller every day. The woods seem as welcoming and beautiful as ever, and you go on a little hike to get some fresh air and see the new greenery and flowers all around you. […]

June Recipe

INGREDIENTS For the salad – 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar – 2 Tbsp. honey – 8 cups of mixed salad greens – 1 Tbsp. olive oil – 3/4 lb. sugar snap peas – 1/2 cup whole unsalted roasted almonds – 1/4 tsp. coarse salt – 1 cup sliced strawberries For the crostinis – 1 baguette – […]

Hibernation Prep & Recipes

With the daylight waning and the temperatures dropping, mammals everywhere begin to feel a sense of urgency. Humans pull cozy sweaters out of storage and stack wood. Squirrels are busy storing nuts in tree caverns and mice are investigating home foundations for openings in which to hide away until spring. Animals that hibernate get busy […]

Homespun Goodness: the apple

Known as the king of all fruits, the apple is found in every farmstand at this time of the year.   They are considered to be one of the oldest fruits in existence.  In fact, humans have been enjoying apples since 6500 BC. Apple trees grown from seed are called “heterozygous,” which basically means having […]

Summer Salad Recipe

Originally published in the August 2011 issue of CWN.  In the baking Hudson Valley summer days, one cannot help but notice the beautiful crop of vegetables and fruits lining the winding roads. From perfectly sweet peppers to the full and almost floral flavor of a vine-ripened summer squash, our area is an abundant cornucopia of […]

Nature of Exchange Dinners: September 2021

I like to think of my vegetable garden as a community. Tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, and corn. Each fruit or vegetable has its own unique personality, yet they all share a common goal, a goal not far off from our own human desires. But plants are just non-thinking, non-feeling, senseless beings…. Or are they? I’m not […]

Nature of Exchange Dinners: June 2021

Summer is in the air, and with it’s arrival comes the fabulous seasonal produce the Hudson Valley is famous for. Join Tilda’s chefs every Friday in June to celebrate one of these special ingredients.  The feature for June 4 will be rhubarb. This easy to grow perennial is technically a vegetable, but is most commonly […]

Happy Microbes, Happy Life: Let Food Replace Thy Medicine

There seems to be some doubt about whether Hippocrates ever actually said, “Let thy food be thy medicine, and medicine, thy food,” although he’s been credited with the insight for a long, long time. Considering what a challenge it can be to get people to agree on what happened last year or last month, it […]

Nature of Exchange Dinners: May 2021

Asparagus, Swiss Chard, Arugula and Beets! “Velocius quam asparagi conquantur!” Shouted by Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus to his troops, it translates to “faster than cooking asparagus.” Essentially, “get moving already!” Augustus loved asparagus so much that he organized an elite military unit called “the asparagus fleet” tasked with procuring it for him throughout his empire. […]

Celebrate Fridays at Tilda’s with Nature of Exchange Evenings

This April, Tilda’s Kitchen and Market will reopen after closing in March to avoid interference with the Broadway Streetscape Project, which will incorporate bicycle lanes, increase green space, and improve the flow and efficiency on Broadway.  At Tilda’s, it’s all about the beautiful flow. The restaurant’s initial opening has been a huge success, with all […]

Friday Nature of Exchange Dinners: April Veggies

Starting April 2, and every following Friday there will be an evening of exchange celebrating local, seasonal food through cooking, dining and conversation at Tilda’s Kitchen on Broadway in Kingston. Each week a treasure grown or produced in the Hudson Valley will be the debutant of the ball. A team of local chefs will create […]

Home Remedies for the Common Cold

By Rochelle Riservato Published in Country Wisdom News, February 2013 issue In order to properly address a medical issue, such as The Common Cold, we must first obtain a proper definition of such to know what we’re dealing with. Medically defined as a viral infection of the upper respiratory system, a common cold affects the […]

Soup, Glorious Soup: Reflections on a Wonder Food

The first soup-maker probably used baskets of tightly woven reeds or animal hide and dropped in a hot rock to make water that would help extract the flavor and goodness from whatever was handy. That was 20,000 years ago, as far as anyone knows. Clay pots made souping it up a lot handier, and humans […]

Our Harvest: Some Like It Hot! Horseradish

Horseradish is a perennial plant in the Brassicaceae family, along with mustard, broccoli, cabbage, and its fierce cousin, wasabi. This root vegetable is cultivated worldwide as a spice, condiment, herbal medicine as well as a religious symbol.  The name has nothing to do with horses, in fact it is poisonous to horses. The name was […]

Seed Saving Techniques

An ancient way of life finds its way into modern society Reprint: Country Wisdom News October 2011 Each year a garden or farm produces many more seeds than vegetables. These seeds have the potential to become a new plant, bursting with thousands of its own seeds, and so on. This is precisely how plants carry […]

Healing with Nature: Apple Cider Vinegar

Reprint: Country Wisdom News October 2010 Apple cider vinegar is known to have a variety of health benefits, from external uses such as soothing sunburn and treating dandruff to internal therapies that include balancing cholesterol and fighting allergies.  The word “vinegar” is derived from the Old French vin aigre, meaning “sour wine.” In the case […]

Protect Your Trees From Winter Damage

Reprint: Country Wisdom News 2010 Winter weather can damage landscape plantings. Freezing temperatures, wind, and winter sun can desiccate foliage, damage bark and vascular tissue, and injure root systems and branches. Temperature extremes and fluctuations can harm plants. Typical winter injury is desiccation of foliage due to moisture loss when the soil is frozen and […]

Bumper Crop Seeks Preservation

Mason jars and food mills reappear in homes throughout region Reprint: Originally published in September 2010 in the original issue of Country Wisdom News A combination of warm dry stretches and periods of light rain this summer have resulted in abundant harvests and content farmers and gardeners. After last year’s somewhat miserable weather that resulted […]

For Pasta-erity

A Family Tomato Sauce Tradition Reprint: Originally published in September 2010 in the original issue of Country Wisdom News A traditional momDoing traditional thingsHanded down from mom to daughter A child, as she grows to a woman, has to decide for herself if a tradition is worthy and has value for her. Everything seems to […]

Housing’s Bad on Most Fronts

Rental Policies Attest to Anti-Poor Systems In 2016, Princeton sociology professor Matthew Desmond published, and won the Pulitzer Prize for, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. By embedding himself in first a poor Black neighborhood, and then a poor white area in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This was before the elections, before everyone started looking […]

Daddy Debrief: He Speaks for the Trees

One of my guilty pleasures is watching videos of how things are made. Yesterday, when I was on the computer, and should have been doing more productive things, I was watching a video of how lumber is made. A few of my ancestors ran a sawmill so I guess there was a heightened curiosity. I […]

Learning to Fly

The boys became obsessed with a young cowbird last week that seemed to be lost. They believed it had fallen from its nest and was trying to find its way back. It was fairly large for a young bird and had the tiniest tuft of down feathers on top of its head. Other than that […]

Daddy Debrief: Contem’play’tion

As an artist, I’ve been wondering how other artists have fared during the pandemic. Personally, I haven’t found it a very creative time, though I’ve always felt contemplation was the most important part of creativity and if there’s a time for contemplation this is it. If it’s true, then the world should be on the […]

Celebrating Local Creativity and Innovation: “THE BODY NEVER LIES”

By: Paul Widerman and Eli McNamara “Food Security” is Livelihood magazine’s theme this month and addresses the reality of the necessity of food to nourish the body and speaks to the systems that are currently shifting, or are under threat, to provide us with that food. As a complement to this pressing issue, this column […]

Las Naciones Unidas Los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible: Hambre Cero

Aportar nuestro granito de arena aquí y ahora. El hambre está en aumento, está avanzando lentamente en algunos lugares, y duplicandose en otros, arrasando con la seguridad alimentaria de millones de personas en el mundo. La pandemia de COVID-19 hizo que las naciones se mantuvieran en cuarentena y ejercieran la distancia social, destruyendo así la […]

A Taste of CSAs and Local Markets Still Operating During the Pandemic

Obercreek Farm  89 New Hamburg Road, Wappingers Falls Obercreek Farm is a USDA Certified Organic farm located in the hamlet of Hughsonville and has been in production since 2012. They grow diversified seasonal vegetables, flowers, herbs, and hops on plants maximizing the growing space through efficient and thoughtful growing techniques that require less land to […]

Grow Blueberries!!

I contend that anyone who gardens and doesn’t plant blueberries is a fool. Yes, this is a harsh statement, but consider how easy blueberries are to grow. Insect and disease pests are insignificant; pruning needs are minimal. I grow all sorts of common and uncommon fruits, each suffering from the occasional vagaries of pests and […]

Planting for Victory: Government’s Love/Hate Affair With the Garden

Back before the Industrial Revolution when the Great Pirates decided they needed us to go indoors and mass produce things for them to sell back to us, hardly anyone needed to be reminded to garden—certainly not those who weren’t wealthy, and the wealthy would simply make someone else do the weeding. One of the first […]

Daddy Debrief: Food Security

When the pandemic hit New York state, the first food item I thought of stocking up on immediately was flour. Then beans and rice. And judging by the shortages at the grocery store, so did a lot of other people. I make and eat lots of bread. When I was in my twenties I got […]

UN Sustainable Development Goals: Zero Hunger (English Translation)

Let’s contribute our grain of sand, here and now. Hunger is on the rise, slow in some places, and doubling in others, devastating the food security for millions of people around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic caused nations to be on quarantine and exercise social distance, and in this way, destroying economic security and leading […]

Our Harvest: Black Locust

The black locust tree is one of North America’s treasures. Native to the southeast, few trees can rival it for its usefulness yet in modern decades it appears to have fallen into obscurity. Our colonial predecessors grew black locust trees for both ornamental and utilitarian purposes. At one time the United States government distributed the […]

Celebrating Local Creativity and Innovation: Nancy Copley and Harvey Fite

Water, Earth, Stone, Art, and Architecture The Mid-Hudson Valley is a known canvas for creativity and innovation—one of the main reasons I moved to the area. I am fascinated by the intersection of architecture, art, creativity, and freedom, and it is a privilege in this week’s column to pay tribute to two notable designers and […]

Let Your Silver Dollars Grow Themselves

Whoever said that money doesn’t grow on trees was right. It grows on a small, bushy plant. Just one type of currency, though: silver dollars. You have a couple of options in planning your investment with the aptly named silver dollar plant (Lunaria annua). For quickest returns, sow seed indoors in a seedling flat, filled […]