VT. Cranberry Beans with Blistered Tomatoes and Clams

Let’s feast on the end of summer! I spotted an orange tree in Vermont the other day, and that signals some remarkable bargains at the farmers markets! We’ve had a few days of dry, crisp air and I noticed out of the corner of my eye that a few trees have started to color. While I always…

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…

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…

Squid Ink Pasta with Mussels & Shrimp

 When paired with succulent shellfish and a heavenly broth –– the taste of the sea abounds! When I first tasted squid ink pasta I was hooked. It has a subtle but unique taste of the sea, and it begs to be paired with other ocean treasures. We can almost always find fresh mussels and flash…

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…

Crab and Corn Salad on Corn Fritters

Make this salad and fritters, any number of ways, the star is always the corn. It’s corn season! That means corn on the cobb, corn chowder, cornbread, succotash, corn pudding, and corn fritters. At this time of year, it is not unknown in our house to have a supper that consists solely of corn on the…

New England jonnycakes: traditional, yet ready for the party!

In New England, these little flatbreads have a long history from the indigenous population to today’s dressed-up tables. In New England, these little cornmeal pancakes are called jonnycakes (no “h”), sometimes jonny cakes, two words; in the south, they may be referred to as journey cakes or hoe cakes. They are also known as ashcake,…

Farmers Market Stir-fry over Buckwheat Spaghetti!

The weekly market is about more than just stocking up on produce. It’s a social gathering place, a music event, educational arena, and a place to discover things you never knew you wanted or needed. Most markets in our area are once a week, unless the “city” here in Vermont is on the larger side,…

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…

Grilled Fish Tacos with Cherry & Radish Salsa

The cherries are in season, so why not use them rather than an imported fruit? Cherry salsa? Why not? We often serve fish tacos with the popular mango salsa, and when I was thinking about making fish tacos recently, I knew I needed to come up with an alternate fruit because of an allergy ––…

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…

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…

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…

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 we keep one or two in the freezer that we buy from a local farmer, and once in a…

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…