Heirloom Tomato and Mozzarella Pie with Herbed Crust

The crust makes memorable this simple pie of tomatoes and cheese. The surplus of cherry tomatoes has finally dwindled at our home to the last few treasures ripening inside. Thursday, we had a 65-degree day, and I let myself think perhaps my struggling cherry tomato plants might offer up something new. This morning? A frost,…

Brussels Sprouts with Fennel in Sherry Shallot Cream Sauce

Fennel is used three ways in this dish, but Brussels sprouts are still the star. As the holidays approach, I’m already thinking about side dishes for those feature meals and family gatherings. Often, people look forward to the sides as much as they do the turkey. I’ve made Brussels sprouts lots of different ways, and…

Autumn Turnip and Carrot Cakes

Stay with me please, I know the word turnip does not inspire a lot of sexy vegetable glamor, but they are good! Turnips and root vegetables are the star of this little fritter, and we’re using the lovely tops as well. We have definitely moved into root vegetable world! The markets are filled with carrots and…

Watermelon Radish Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

One thing the farm stands boast right now is color, and lots of it, from vibrant orange squashes and sweet potatoes, to hardy vibrant pink radishes! I love color on the plate, and this time of year we can easily serve up that daily rainbow of vegetables. One of my favorite colors is the deep…

Vermont Cheddar, Beer, and Mushroom Soup

Follow the trails for Cheddar cheese and craft beer, and you’ll be treated to some of the best flavors of Vermont (yes, we have maps!). In this soup, we throw in a few wild mushrooms for good measure. Any where you land in Vermont, there are several things you will never be far from – maple…

French Apple Cake

The apple is the star of this dish, or rather, the “apples” of different varieties! I’ve made apple cakes for years, and they are always a hit. When we head out to the orchard to pick, I know there will be a special dessert sometime in the near future, most likely served after Sunday dinner….

Autumn Salad with Maple Poppyseed Dressing

Add some rosemary, lemon, and garlic marinated mushrooms, and you have a flavorful fall lunch using seasonal beets three ways. It is the season of color. The leaves are turning quickly, and the hillsides are vibrant yellow and orange and red, with evergreen thrown in for contrast. The same colors are in abundance in our…

Vermont Shepherdess Pie

A vegetarian version of the layered casserole we all grew up on! Hearty enough for everyone. We are no longer under the illusion that summer will last forever. The temperatures have dropped, and so have lots of leaves! But right now, there seems to be just about every vegetable out there one could want, along…

Grilled or Oven Roasted Oysters

My mother was an oyster fanatic. Oysters were her favorite food in any form from raw to stewed, baked or broiled, and even nestled in casseroles. Her sister, my Aunt Elda, was also a crazy oyster lady, and she lived on the seashore in Connecticut, which was probably why her obsession was so easily fed….

Pears Roasted with Blue Cheese & Pecans

This roasted pear dish is sweet, salty, savory, and seasonal! A dessert that is equally at home as a starter to a special meal. This is a simple dish to make, using one of my favorite flavor combinations: pears, blue cheese, and nuts, especially butternuts or pecans. I think it is a combination made in…

Blue Cheese Soufflé

On a recent trip to the farmers market, I came upon the most lovely wheel of blue cheese. It was so pretty I got distracted photographing it and missed my chance at a basket of chanterelle mushrooms! When you combine cheese, eggs, and a lot of air, the result is far greater than the sum…

“Galumpkis” stuffed with Mushrooms and Tomato Sauce

These funny sounding rolls of cabbage have a long tradition in New England, and are usually filled with ground meat and a grain such as rice and topped with tomato sauce, but this slow-cooked classic can also be made a little lighter, and quicker. This is a “Slow Food Sunday Recipe” a dish that you…

Grilled Tomato Soup

This flavorful soup is made with tomatoes, onions, and garlic, grilled over charcoal to add a deep, smoky background. The air cooled over the weekend to perfect weather and I used every possible excuse to be outside. Firing up the grill was at the top of the list. When I’m looking for a new spin…

Rainbow Chard with Goat Cheese & Orange

With a little spark of orange, and a tang of goat cheese, this humble green will please a crowd. Swiss Chard has long been a cold-hardy queen of the garden in the northeast. From spring through to the first snows (and sometimes beyond), this green is a reliable cut-and-come again staple in the garden, and…

Corn and Cheddar Chowder

It’s August and the corn is abundant and sweet. What could be better than a traditional New England chowder, with the addition of a little Cheddar. When Corn Season is upon us, I hunter-gather at all the farm stands near home and buy a couple of ears from each. Then I cook them and taste….

Potato and Corn Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Stuffed with potatoes, more peppers, and topped with tomatoes, this dish could be a study in nightshades! When I visited the farmers market last week, I found the most beautiful poblano peppers I think I’ve ever seen. Deep green, smooth, and large, I knew they would be the center of a meal, more than likely…