Yankee Skillet Cornbread

This is a job for your grandmother’s cast-iron frying pan! Talk to a southern cook about cornbread, and a New Englander like me may well end up in a verbal disagreement over two aspects: the addition of flour and the addition of sugar. The southern cook will probably tell you that neither has a place…

Vermont Cranberry Shell Beans with Shiitake Mushrooms

This is the time of year when you’ll find fresh shelling beans at the farm stands. A quicker cook than dried beans, makes comfort food fast! New Englanders love their beans! Baked beans were the traditional Saturday night supper for decades, still are in many households, and most cooks had their own special recipe. I…

Fall Farm Market Finds

So many wonderful vegetables! I tried three new (to me) winter squashes this season, two modern and one really ancient. You never know what you’ll find at the farmers market these days. Our farmers are stretching the limits of what one would expect to find in a cold northern climate. But we now have reliable…

Autumn Stuffed Delicata Squash

The farm stands are full of every imaginable squash right now, and they beg to be stuffed! Sweet Delicata winter squash are among my favorites. These little gems have a mildly delightful squash flavor and are loaded with nutrition. Every inch of these fruits is edible from the seeds to the peelings, so one little…

Cranberry Butter Rum Apples Baked in Cider

            It’s apple harvest time, and our county has some of the best in the world! We enjoy apples fresh from the tree, applesauce, apple muffins, apple cakes and bread. Baked apples are a special treat, and in our home they hold lots of memories of making them together. Of course, there are so many ways…

Creamy Cauliflower, Leek, and Sage Soup

When the fall vegetables arrive, we suddenly find ourselves with colorful new possibilities.  Cauliflower is a favorite in our family, and leeks a staple that will remain available through the winter. I’m glad of that since I have many recipes that use these sweet, tender members of the onion family. This is a simple soup,…

Socca with Toasted Garlic and Cherry Tomatoes

A simple flatbread made with simple ingredients but with a toasted garlic twist. One of our family’s favorite quick sides is socca, a simple chickpea (garbanzo bean) flour flatbread (or is it a pancake?) that can be as simple as just the flour, water, and salt. Cooked in a hot oven or griddle in a…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Hen o’ the Woods

            This is a quick and easy recipe, with divine results! A little sweet, a little tart, and deeply flavorful.             They are here, and they’ll be around for duration of cold weather – Brussels sprouts! Sweet little cabbage-like nuggets of flavor and nutrition. They are delicious steamed, sautéed, roasted, and grilled, cooked pretty much any way…

Hakurei Turnips with Ginger, Mint, and Brown Butter

Sweet Hakurei turnips, tops and all, are an early Autumn favorite. A few years ago, we started getting these lovely little Hakurei turnips at our local farm stands. Sweet, crunchy, with only a mild turnip flavor, I almost hesitate to refer to them as a turnip at all! They are a vegetable unto themselves. The…

New England Clambake “Chowda”

All the flavors of a traditional New England Clambake in a bowl of chowda! As a New Englander, I have been to traditional clam bakes on many occasions, usually festive events such as a wedding or reunion, anything from four people to several hundred, and what a time it is! A fire pit is dug,…

Apple Crisp Muffins

What’s better than an apple muffin? How about one topped with apple crisp? Everyone loves the crispy part of the apple crisp the best, so why not let it rest on a muffin instead of a pan of apple slices? These muffins have lots of apple flavor, but if you want to add even more, soak the raisins or cranberries…

Roasted Shrimp and Coconut Bisque

There are certain recipes that feel really special when you serve them to family and friends, and if you are lucky, they are pretty quick and easy to put together as well. This is one of them. We had a lovely physically-distanced brunch with old friends this weekend outdoor under my massive sugar maple tree….

Cornmeal Cake with Plums and Rosemary

It’s a great year for plums, and these sweet treasurers pair well with Rosemary and orange in this cornmeal dessert. I found a beautiful mixed box of plums at a local farm stand recently, and every variety and color was delicious! Sweet, juicy, plump, and tangy! It certainly seems to be a good year for plums,…

Grilled Summer Vegetables with Charred Scallion Garlic Dressing

I love grilling when the weather finally turns and Autumn whispers “hurry up, I’m almost here, get your grilling in!” I’m not a fan of standing over a grill filled with red-hot coals while it is 95 degrees out and extremely humid. But as soon as September creeps in, I’m out there grilling whatever I…

Napa Cabbage Salad with Ginger and Lime Dressing

Crunchy, a little savory, a little sour, and a little sweet! I love a salad with lots of interest! A salad that serves as a meal needs to have a lot going for it in my book – color, texture, a variety of flavors, and a good balance of sweet, salty, sour, and savory, with…