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…

Baked Salmon with Ramps & Lemon

Simple additions let the flavor of the salmon shine through! We eat a lot of salmon dishes in our house, and this is one of the easiest and most flavorful. The full flavor of the salmon shines through, with the wild leeks and lemons adding their own unique accents. Another bonus is that it is…

Spring Foragers Supper

Celebrate early spring with the New England’s signature delicacies of fiddleheads, dandelions, ramps, and mushrooms, in two mid-week meals. The season of foraging has begun. Fiddleheads are everywhere, dandelion greens are decorating the lawn, wild onions are poking their heads up, and any day now, the reclusive morel mushrooms will arrive. In the garden, large…

Split Pea and Cauliflower Soup

A little lighter than the original, but packed with flavor and nutrition. In a pressure cooker, this is easily a weeknight dinner. This is my 100th post! Pea soup made from dried legumes is a classic Northern dish with French Canadian roots. On rainy spring nights, this soup warms the bones and adds home comfort…

Maple Baked Egg Cups

There’s a little sweet, a little savory, and a lot to love in this brunch or breakfast indulgence. We got this year’s batch of dark amber maple syrup this week! Thank you to our friend Greg and his little sugarhouse for the sweet that lasts us all year. With the arrival of the new syrup,…

Pan Fried Trout

Native trout brings flavor to the spring plate Nothing says spring to me more than the beginning of trout fishing season in Vermont, and we’re almost there, April 13 to be exact. Once the ice melts, and everything loosens up, it’s time to get your license, clean the poles, and plot your next expedition, even…

3-Bean Vegetarian Chili

Sometimes, you just have to have chili! Even if someone’s drawn a line in the sand Now, I know the world of chili has definite camps of connoisseurs – there are those who think it can’t possibly be chili if it contains beans, or even tomato, and there are others who can’t imagine the dish…

Crunchy Oven-Baked Haddock with Herbs

From April to November, New England Haddock is at its most plentiful. Of all the Atlantic whitefish, haddock’s flavor profile is unique and sought after. I know it is a favorite of my family. My mother cooked haddock, cod, and other whitefish simply. On a Friday night when she had more time, she cut up haddock…

Spring Arugula & Lemon Soup

It’s been a long winter and we’re craving greens! With a sunshine hit of lemon, some peppery arugula, this quick soup will wake you out of hibernation! I needed spring this week so I made this soup. We want to be done with snow, and sleet, and mud, and with roasted root vegetables too, no matter…

Fennel & Leek Soup with Parmesan Pepper Dumplings

We’ve neglected dumplings! But these little gems are at home on many soups, not just chicken stew. AND, you can make them gluten-free, deliciously! We really have neglected dumplings. No, not the yummy Asian dipping dumplings that we all love, but the little biscuit-like creations simmered on top of a soup or stew. New England…

Crispy Saffron Jasmine Rice

A humble cup of white rice can be transformed into an addictively crunchy accent to a weeknight meal! I love rice. I often make a big pot of rice on the weekend and doll it out in various incarnations throughout the week. While my usual house rice is a nutty, brown, jasmine rice, I love…

Yankee Gumbo…

Not exactly “traditional” but this Northern version of the Southern classic is full of flavor! It is Vermont. It is winter. It is also Mardi Gras, the day of feasting and celebration before the beginning of Lent. I planned to make a gumbo for dinner tonight, and, as usual, had a difficult time finding some…

Loaded Macaroni & Cheese

Kid approved: A little healthier, and loaded with both vegetables and flavor! Every kid in my life has loved macaroni and cheese. Really, any combination of carb and cheese and they are happy, be it grilled cheese or cheese pizza! In our Vermont home that means macaroni and cheese from scratch using extra-sharp cheddar and…

Smelts with Lemon & Capers

Yes, these little New England natives have a funny name, and they don’t look like much more than a mouthful, but these mid-winter natives remain popular. Rainbow smelts are a saltwater fish that, like salmon, spawn in fresh water tributaries, particularly on the Maine coast. These little gems are an extremely popular target of ice…

A “New” New England Boiled Dinner

New England Boiled Dinner is a classic winter dish, although the protein used is a point of disagreement among many. This version avoids the argument completely. Ask a New Englander what is in a New England boiled dinner, and you will get a wide range of replies, and every one is considered to the THE…