Green Curry with Scallops and Peas

A flavorful curry will always wake up dinner. This one is almost as quick as opening a can of curry paste, and much fresher in taste! Swap in tempeh, and you have a delicious vegan version. One of the downfalls of living in Vermont in the winter is that we don’t always have every ingredient…

Fusilli with Dairy-Free Vodka Sauce & Seasoned Breadcrumbs

With the wide range of gluten-free pastas available today, this dairy-free version of the classic can easily feed all those family dietary requirements in one quick dish! My teenage grandson loves creamy pastas with a vodka tomato sauce. At lunch recently, he ordered just that at one of our favorite restaurants, but the dish was…

Smoky Yellow-Eyed Beans and Swiss Chard

In the South, black-eyed peas and greens are the New Years good-luck staple dish. In the New England, we lean toward stocking yellow-eyed beans and Swiss chard in our kitchens. In the instant multi-cooker, this is a snap! They look a lot alike –– black-eyed peas and yellow-eyed beans, but they have a much different…

Amie’s Artichoke Stuffed Baked Shrimp (or Mushrooms…)

A dish of flavorful Gulf shrimp stuffed with artichokes, shallots, cream cheese, garlic, and seasonings, is perfect for the New Year. There’s a vegan option too! My daughter Amie requests this dish for birthdays and holidays. She absolutely loves it, as does the rest of the family. With a side of Caesar salad, she is…

Homemade Lemon Pasta with Lemon Garlic Sauce

Homemade pasta is fun to make (or quick if you do it in a food processor) and with just the simple addition of lemon, you are already on your way to a flavorful dinner. I’ve made homemade pasta with my my kids and grandkids since they were able to form a ball of play dough….

Smoked Salmon Wiggle over Roasted Vegetables

It sounds silly, I know. But, if you grew up in New England, your mom probably made a “wiggle.” It was usually made with salmon or tuna, and silly name or not, it was the favorite of many. This New England classic was a a delicious and cheap meal when I was a kid, and…

Yankee Cranberry Bean Soup

It was an old standby, a large pot of flavorful and filling soup that fed an army using pantry staples and leftover scraps. My mother made yankee bean soup when she had a leftover ham bone and bits of ham and wasn’t planning to make her split pea soup. She didn’t have an actual recipe…

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,…

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…

My Sunday Pasta Sauce

My house all-purpose pasta sauce that’s great on everything from spaghetti to after-school English muffin pizzas. And nothing is wasted in this slow-simmered sauce. Mom would approve! It’s Sunday. We have plenty of time to cook and we want to make the home smell wonderful. We also want to have plenty of leftovers for other…

Autumn Pot Pie with Roasted Vegetables

The ultimate comfort food, but in this version no one will miss the meat (especially if you don’t bother to tell them it’s not there…) There is one dish everyone in my family agrees on – a pot pie. Chicken pot pie, turkey pot pie, and seafood pot pie are the favorites, but I think…

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…

Chicken with Mushrooms, Dijon, and Tarragon Sauce

A quick weeknight dinner, that is also home at a dinner party. Don’t eat chicken? You can also make this with tempeh or tofu! This is one of those dishes that is quick to cook on a week night and well received by the family. It also reheats beautifully, so it’s great for lunch the…

Sea Scallops with Sweet and Sour Apple Cider Sauce

Sweet Maine sea scallops get a tangy boost with apple cider and apple cider vinegar. We bid summer adieu this year with a quick trip to the Maine coast. With temperatures in the 80s, the season held on until the last moment! We were delighted with beautiful red sunrises and sunsets, blue skies, and the…

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…