Simple Makeovers for Spring Favorites

Let’s Reinvent some  Kitchen Classics             Salad Niçoise      Strawberry Shortcake       Roasted Asparagus    We love the classics, those staple recipes that our mothers served up, and they are an important part of our cooking repertoire, even if we only visit them occasionally. However, many of them do not reflect how we…

Spring Salad Revival!

I love the time of melting snow and air, loosening brooks and lakes and rivers, and the calls of the first returning birds. We rejoice the softening of the hard edges of winter as the ice melts, and rigid snowbanks transform into mush. The grainy ends of winter spill over the sides of the roads,…

Let’s Talk Bread

            Yeast. Sourdough. Quick. Plain or fancy. The varieties of bread worldwide and over thousands of year are seemingly limitless. Bread serves as the star of many a meal as well as a supporting character in many more. It’s a quick toast in the morning, a crunchy baguette sopping up sauce, the containment vessels for…

Sambuca Infused Maple Glazed Salmon

     It’s Vermont’s first crop of the year! Once you spy steam escaping from your neighbor’s sugarhouse, you know spring is truly on its way, and in our county, that time is upon us. That first stack of pancakes drizzled with gold is a reward hard won at the end of a cold winter,…

Grilled Salad of Bitter Greens

I love bitter foods! I know it is not to some folks’ taste, but when balanced with a little sweet and a little sour, the possibilities are amazing. Rapini? Love it, and I totally ignore all blanching instructions to “remove the bitterness;” goodness, that’s why I chose this vegetable in the first place. On my…

Chocolate!

Chocolate has always been at the top of the list for Valentine’s Day treats, and as the day approaches, the shops are filled with a staggering variety of heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and candies. Although the satin and ribbon trims offer a promise of delicious, too often what we find are treats that are just…

Eggs for Supper!

Omelets, Simple Scramble, or Stunning Soufflé? Having run a bed and breakfast for many years, I’ve made more omelets and soufflés than I can count. But when I make them for my own family, it is usually for supper! We love breakfast at dinnertime, usually on a day when time has just gotten away from us,…

Wild Mushroom Risotto

Our family loves mushrooms!  We eat them almost every day, and when we locate local, wild varieties, it’s a moment. We are lucky to live in an area where many Vermont farmers are expanding their crops to include cultivation of our wild varieties, so farm stands and farmers’ markets often have these treasures on their…

Sushi Salad: A Light & Delicious Meal

  Sushi Salad: A deconstructed salad with the help of an exotic “local” crop             It’s January and time for salad! The holidays over, the refrigerator cleaned out, and we search for something a little lighter for our plates. A salad using some common components of the “California Roll” fits the…

Simple Treats from a Busy Holiday Kitchen

These can be made in minutes! Relax. Time is tight just about now, but we still want to treat our family and friends with delights from our kitchen, morsels we create once a year. Cookies and breads top the list of holiday offerings. I know in our family, we have recipes everyone craves and expects….

A New Look at Holiday Favorites

Let’s do this a little differently Reimagine those family favorites (quietly…)            With the weather so warm this autumn, little have our thoughts drifted to the upcoming holidays. But alas, they are upon us! and we turn our attention to the busy times ahead, especially to the gatherings and meals to be…

My Favorite Cookbooks

At least, my favorite cookbooks, today… I live with many cookbooks, and my favorites change now and then. But there are a few classics I refer to time and time again. Many of these are oldies but goodies, my vintage treasures, but some are new and I think they’ll be around for a while. Of course,…