Rinktum Diddy

It’s a funny name, but this inexpensive Depression-era dish will feed a family quickly and deliciously. While researching Depression-era recipes for a different project, I came across several versions of an old New England supper staple during these hard times –– “Rinktum Diddy” or Rum Tum Diddy or Rum Tim Ditty. No one seemed to…

Three Cabbage Carnival Salad

It is kind of a slaw, kind of a cabbage salad, it’s full of color, and it feeds a crowd! It is summer cookout time, and we gather together, bringing food and conversation to the table. If I’m asked to bring a salad, I like to stray from the old standby recipes of potato salad,…

Mushroom, Leek & Garlic Scape Pasta

Fresh and bright, these early summer flavors combine for a satisfying bowl of pasta that pleases the whole family. You never know what you are going to find at the farmers market this time of year, but whatever you find, you can spin some magic and come up with something delicious for supper, often using…

Sugar Snap Peas with Baby Carrots

It’s peas and carrots updated for 2019! There is no excuse for grabbing a bag of frozen peas and carrots at this time of year. The first spring plantings of both are hitting the farm stands and farmers markets, and are they ever tasty. With a little updating, peas and carrots move from an invisible…

Seductive Strawberry Cream Scones

It’s Impossible to improve on the original old family recipe, unless you add a dab of whipped cream! I was afraid this would be one of those years when the strawberries would taste watery since we’ve had so much rain, but I was wrong! The strawberries have been absolutely delicious this year – sweet, plump,…

Shrimp Stuffed Avocados

Serving this salad in little avocado boats adds a little bit of festive to a summer dinner. When I was growing up, I doubt I ever saw an avocado. Now, there’s hardly a day when I don’t find one on my plate in some form from breakfast to party appetizer. They are everywhere! My mother-in-law…

Cauliflower & Potato Salad

Less carbs and calories than the classic, but with the traditional summer flavor. I loved my mother’s potato salad. There was nothing out of the ordinary about it, and she made it slightly different each time, but she always included potatoes, eggs, onion, mayonnaise, and chives. Sometimes she added peas, fresh parsley, scallions, but usually…

New England Lobster Stew

There are certain sacred dishes in New England, and many of them revolve around Maine lobsters. We try to make several trips to the shore each year, and often vacation in Maine. We find that the holiday is punctuated with various lobsters along the way, always at our favorite stands and restaurants. Planning the meals…

Strawberry & Rose Fool

Strawberries are best served up without a lot of fuss, but a little rosewater doesn’t hurt! Strawberry season in New England marks the true beginning of the summer. We look forward to the beautiful sweet treats we can now enjoy by the pound and not by just the ounce. Only when they are in season…

Heavenly Baked Blooming Onions

The smell of baking onions drives the hungry wild! One of my favorite commentators on Vermont Public Radio for many years was the late Janet Green, whose homespun reflections were often memorable in some way. In one of her programs, she talked about what to do when dinner is going to be a bit late,…

Goat Cheese Frittata

Tangy goat cheese pairs well with sweet red peppers and Vidalia onions. Frittatas are one of my favorite versatile egg dishes that span breakfast to supper, and every snack in between. Hot, cold, or room temperature, these dishes are usually a way to use what is sitting sadly in my refrigerator, those little bits of…

Grandmother Neill’s Rhubarb Coffee Cake

This recipe is from the grandmother of a friend of a friend! My friend Carolyn and I have worked a local music festival for many years, and catering the green room for the artists has been one of our pleasures. Since the festival is in early June, Carolyn often brought this cake made from fresh…

Quick Braised Spring Vegetables with Mint

Rhubarb adds the tart, spring radishes and turnips the savory, and a touch of honey balances it all out. Spring is finally here and we are now getting a steady supply of lettuces and tons of other greens, radishes, asparagus, and little turnips. Ruby red stalks of rhubarb have also made their debut, and together…

Slow Roasted Duck with Cherry & Fennel Sauce

Roast it slow, and the oven does all the work! Serve with either a long-summered or quick sauce. We don’t cook duck very often. We think of it as a holiday or special occasion dish. But roasting a duck is as simple as roasting a chicken, and it makes a lovely presentation for a simple…

Pasta with Asparagus and Spring Peas

Asparagus. Spring Peas. Vidalia Onions. In the time it takes to cook the pasta, you have a dish ready to serve. The asparagus has been stubborn this year. We’ve had a cold, wet spring, even snow this week in higher elevations! We live in a river valley, so we escaped the white, but it was…