A Perfect Cup of Tea!

A perfect cup of tea is whatever you want it to be! The weather turned, and the iced tea stepped aside, replaced by the steaming pot. One of the most enjoyable parts of running our small Vermont inn was the ritual of afternoon tea – that little stop at 4 p.m. to nibble a snack and savor…

Sweet & Sour Brussels Sprouts

You don’t have to be a fan of Brussels sprouts to like this dish! It has everything going for it: caramelized bits of sprouts, a little sweet from the apple and maple syrup and a little tang from the vinegar. It is also a great dish because everything in it except the olive oil and…

Nana’s Flakey Lemon Braid

  Pre-made Puff Pastry Makes Easy Work of this Dessert If I am going to use a pre-made product, it better not just be easy, it needs to taste good too. Pre-made puff pastry saves tons of times, and has countless sweet and savory uses. Look for one made with real butter; it is harder…

Roasted Tomato Sauce & Quick Roasted Pasta Sauce

When you roast vegetables, the flavor is always enhanced. This tomato sauce has an intensity that is hard to achieve if you cook your tomatoes in a pot. It also needs less babysitting. If you have a lot of tomatoes to process, this is the quickest and easiest way. Look for bargains at the farm…

“Three Sisters” Baked Frittata

Corn, Beans, and Squash Revered by the Native Population, combine for delicious meals  When Indigenous Peoples’ Day arrives, I make a meal to honor the Native American population, and if I’m lucky I can even get the last of the local sweet corn to use. If not, I always have some in the freezer tucked…

Poached Pears with Homemade Crème Fraîche

A special dessert to enjoy when the pears are as beautiful as they are right now! What a good year for pears! Our Vermont pears have been sweet and juicy, with tons of flavor, and I’ve had plenty straight up with no adornment whatsoever. Most mornings, they appear in my breakfast fruit salad, and I…

Wild Mushrooms Galore!

Now’s the time to find wild treasures at farmers markets and farm stands. From soup to pate, mushrooms are the star! Hen of the woods. Chicken of the Woods. Lobsters. Winecaps. Combstooth and Lion’s Main. Ah, Yellowfoot Chanterelles and Black Trumpets! Some of our favorite mushrooms appear in the fall. Once we finally got some…

September Corn Fritters

      I always forget how much I love corn fritters, well, until I take that first bite! I usually wait for September corn to make the fritters, simply because most of summer I’m content with eating it straight from the cob or making my ritual vat of chowder. September corn is plump and sweet, and…

Sylvia’s Butternut Bread

Butternuts: This important native food source is endangered, so savor them when you can find them! The first appearance of the sticky, lemon-shaped green husks marked the end of summer when I was growing up, so the annual harvest of butternuts was oh so bittersweet. Mom would send us out with paper bags, and we’d…

Beets are the Color of Fall

Roast them, sauté them, grill them, pickle them, steam them…from root to stem, it’s all good! Open just about any New England menu in the Autumn and you’ll find beets! These colorful vegetables are especially loved by chefs because they are one of the easiest to use “root to stem” every part of them edible, even…

Old Fashioned Applesauce

This time-saving technique needs no update, it is already perfect! When we lived in the cabin in the woods in the mountains, the edge of the property carried a small stand of extremely old apple trees. More dead wood than live, and shrunken in stature, the trees had seen more glorious days. However, every few…