Seasonal Chef: A Presto


It is with great sadness I write my last Seasonal Chef post for the LoHud Food Blog. It has been a glorious four-plus years of creating and sharing my recipes. When I first started writing my column little did I know how much fun I would have developing easy recipes from farmer’s market ingredients. So much so, that my writing and recipe development for my readers has blossomed exponentially.

Maria Reina demoing at the Purchase Farmers Market

Coupled with my writing, my farmers market demos have grown as well. Starting in the summer of 2010 at the Purchase Farmers Market over the years I have criss-crossed Westchester County demoing from Ossining to Katonah, and down as far as Pelham, with many markets in between. For me there is nothing more rewarding that getting a market-goer excited about trying a new ingredient, and giving them a few easy tips to make a delicious dish.

Maria Reina planting garlic at Amawalk Farm.
So while I am leaving my LoHud blogging behind, I will continue to write my own blog: Reflections from my Bella Cucina. (I hope you will consider subscribing!) You can search for my Seasonal Chef recipes on my website under the Seasonal Chef tab.

LoHud Throwdown competition winner: Caramelized Peach Tramezzino, by Seasonal Chef Maria Reina

You will also be able to find me in person doing cooking classes at Hilltop Hanover Farm throughout the growing season. A have a new set of classes kicking off beginning in April, running through June,  and more to follow.

Hilltop Hanover Farm

Last, I will be heading to our local Westchester farmers markets this Summer and into the Fall. The schedule of my appearances at the markets is regularly updated on my web site under the Demos tab, along with my Facebook page.

Mixed Grain Bowl with Kale and Squash by Seasonal Chef Maria Reina

Many thanks to Liz Johnson, Megan McCaffrey and the wonderful team at LoHud for giving me the opportunity to share my passion for food, with you, on the LoHud site.

Seasonal Chef Maria Reina with Tomatillo Avocado Salsa

Rather than say goodbye, Italians say a presto, meaning see you soon. I do hope to see you soon either in a future cooking class or at one of my farmer’s market demos.

Buon appetito!


About Author

Seasonal Chef blogger Maria Reina comes to the world of food as a third career, spending a great portion of her adult life in the field of Human Resources. With her private company Bella Cucina Maria she is a personal chef, caterer and recreational cooking class teacher in Westchester. She's an avid food television watcher and cookbook collector, always looking for a new take on a traditional dish. In her free time she loves hanging out at local farmer's markets, chatting it up with the farmers and doing cooking demos with their seasonal ingredients. In addition to her blog, which is loaded with easy recipes, you can follow her on Facebook (Bella Cucina Maria), Twitter (Bellacucinam), Instagram (Bellacucinam) and Pinterest (Bellacucinam).

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