Welcome to Chasing the Seasons! I’m Nikki.
I’m so happy that you stopped by. Here’s a little background about me:
I’m a stay-at-home mom of two and a food blogger, which means in addition to shuffling the kids to and from school, I am the recipe developer (unless otherwise noted), food stylist, food photographer, editor and author behind Chasing the Seasons. My past professional experience was in law and politics, although I always knew I wanted to stay home to raise my babies. Before starting our family, we left the rush of urban life in Northern New Jersey to settle in among the quiet farms and picturesque fields a bit further West.
In my family, we celebrate every occasion with food – and lots of it! When it comes to cooking, everything I know and love I learned in my grandmother’s tiny Italian-Irish kitchen, just minutes outside of New York City. She could make a lot out of nothing and the aroma from her kitchen would greet us in the vestibule of her apartment building before we ever rang her bell. All of her meals were “made with love,” she would say. I’ve learned over the years that that’s really the key to everything. Laughter and conversation lasted long into the evening at her table. Family and friends never left without a full belly and their own sacred plates of leftovers to take home – she always made twice as much as was necessary. I’ve inherited that trait.
... I also love the color pink, my coffee French-pressed, a good book that I can’t put down, period dramas, the 1940s, rainy days, history, and October. Okay, enough about me…
About the blog
In late 2016, I created Chasing the Seasons as a creative outlet. I also always wanted to compile all of my favorite family recipes into one place, especially the handwritten ones passed on to me from my grandmother. Cue the trumpets! The blog was born. I didn’t realize though how much I would come to love the whole process of creating a food blog and the amazing and talented people I would meet along the way.
I decided that I also wanted to inspire and influence the home cook to think seasonally and to use locally-sourced and farm-fresh ingredients as often as possible – even if you don’t live near a farm market (more about that in a minute). Since moving to Northwest New Jersey over a decade ago, I’ve developed a sincere appreciation for local agriculture and for the foods that emerge with each season – they are gifts to be carefully chosen, prepared and savored.
There’s reverence and honor in the turning of the seasons. These ingredients are temporary and when they are gone we bid them farewell – at least until next year. In this quiet space on the internet we will chase after these fleeting ingredients, cooking and tasting our way through the months.
About Northwest New Jersey
Here in Northwest New Jersey we experience each season in all its majesty – both in temperature and in harvest.
Just a few minutes in any direction will lead to a hard-working family farm with its quaint market and most prized harvest proudly on display. As a family, we plan our meals around what we find at the farm market – it has become our way of life.
In the winter, when the fields are snow-covered, we tuck in in for the long, deep cold. We braise our locally raised meats in red wine and simmer our pots of broth on the stove top for hours.
Support Local Agriculture – Even in the City!
Farm Fresh. Farm-to-Table. Earth-to-Table. Farm-to-Fork. These are terms you’ve likely heard. Here’s why it’s so important to choose local. Supporting local agriculture means that you are choosing foods with less pesticides. It will taste better and be healthier for you. In fact, many small, local farms actually implement organic methods.
If you are a city-dweller you can still choose locally-sourced produce and support local agriculture by frequenting the Farmers’ Markets in your area and/or by shopping the seasonal local produce section at your favorite supermarket(s).
Buying locally-sourced food means you are supporting your community and aiding to preserve open space for farms and fresh local food to thrive in the future. You’ve heard the saying, “no farms, no food.” It’s true.
For those other ingredients that must be store-bought, please choose well. Buying organic ingredients will provide you with far less pesticides and chemicals.
I love connecting with fellow foodies. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, comments or feedback. I’d love to hear from you!
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