Spring Marriage: Strawberry And Rhubarb

A little tart, a little sweet! My mother loved rhubarb, not as a foil to sweet, but straight up in its own right. Her favorite way to eat it was to pick it, add some salt, and eat it raw! I never thought this was right, but one day I actually tried it and it…

Food on a Stick!

It’s time for a cookout! My granddaughter says we all love food on a stick because it is fun to eat! She’s right. The farmers’ markets and farm stands are open. The trees have leafed out and it feels like summer in Vermont, at least most days. One of the first things we do is…

The Delightful Season of Asparagus

Set the beets aside, please… Just about the time you can’t face cooking another root vegetable, the beautiful green spears of asparagus start peeking out of the newly warmed soil. On a warm day, you can almost watch them grow. It’s just about time! The intense flavor of this fresh vegetable is vastly superior to…

Let’s Talk Bread

Baguettes, loaves, boules, long ferments or quick rise, baking bread is a link to both the past and future.

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…