Smoked Trout and Shiitake Appetizers

A quick little bite that is packed with flavor! This has been the summer of physically distanced mini dinner parties on my front porch. We lugged our houseplants outside, added two long tables together, set up a separate serving area, and added some fans. We’ve made it work, and have been able to enjoy the…

Iced Lemon and Wild Rice Soup

It’s still summer, it’s still nice and warm, and I’m hanging on to the season as long as possible. The calendar says September, and the humidity has broken here in the Green Mountain state. But it’s still summer in my book and that means chilled soups and anything lemon! Pat’s Iced Lemon Soup I had…

Mixed Berry Clafoutis

It’s a baked pancake, but more custardy, not quite a flan but kind of, and in a class of its own. Although traditionally the French dessert clafoutis is made with cherries, you can use any fruit you like. It is also delicious using a mix of berries, and since we are at the peak of…

Tofu Salad with Tarragon, Toasted Pecans, and Dried Apricots

Sometimes a new gadget makes cooking more fun! I have a new toy –– a tofu press. So many of my recipes for tofu call for pressing it first and then baking or cooking in some other way. It involves placing the tofu between two towel-lined plates, placing a balanced heavy can or pan on…

A slice of homemade bread with some fresh blackberry jam?

Both of these recipes are quicker than the vintage versions, but just as delicious! It’s berry season and that means time to make some jam. I usually make strawberry jam, sometimes blueberry, raspberry if there are enough to be found, but always blackberry! It is one of my favorite kitchen gifts, and on the rare…

Very Berry Coffee Cake

The berries are everywhere, and we never run out of recipes using these treasurers. The grandkids and I joke that sometimes the berries don’t make it all the way home, so we have to buy double! My mom loved making coffee cakes, usually simple recipes with a light streusel topping. She made these little cakes…

Kamut with Cherry Tomatoes and Green Beans

The cherry tomatoes were falling out of every nook in my kitchen, I had to come up with something! This is certainly a good year for cherry tomatoes. We’ve had lots of really hot weather here in Vermont, and I can almost see the plants grow! The cherry tomatoes have been producing a bounty all…

Marinated Artichoke Hearts and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Put this together with simple pantry ingredients in just a few moments! We love little nibbles before a dinner party. Little bites of delicious treats while we catch up a bit, pour a glass of wine, or while we prep the meal. It can be something as simple as a bowl of spiced nuts, a…

Mushroom Stuffed Patty Pan Squash

Summer squash are abundant right now, and there are hundreds of sweet and savory ways to use these seasonal fruits. No matter the shape, they beg to be stuffed. I love stuffing squashes, whether summer or winter. You can add just about anything to the stuffing from fresh local mushrooms to leftovers from last night’s…

Blueberry and Orange Slump

Sometimes it’s called a slump, sometimes it’s called a grunt, but silly name aside, this New England classic is a quick and easy blueberry dessert made on top of the stove.Blueberry season has arrived in Southern Vermont and that means high summer! What could be better than a blueberry plucked fresh and popped in the…

Chill-Out Summer Supper with Tomato Water Granita Starter

Dinner parties are arranged a little differently –– they are much smaller, but just as much fun as we enjoy friends and good food!From tomato water granita (with seafood or vegetarian) to chilled seafood stew, everything was made early in the day, so it was all pretty effortless when it came time to eat. More […]

Guilt-Free Banana Muffins for Everyone!

Everyone can eat these muffins guilt-free! They can be made gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy free, and can be made egg-free and nut-free, but they still have tons of flavor and extremely moist! We have all kinds of food restrictions and desires in our family, so sometimes it is nice to make something you know everyone can eat.Lots…