Carrot Salad with Caper and Herb Dressing

This is not quite your mother’s carrot salad! Every holiday, mom made a little side salad of carrots. Sometimes, all it included was carrots, mayonnaise, a bit of sugar, salt, and pepper. Often, she would add dried cranberries or raisins, and sometimes cabbage as well. A change here and there I’ve changed her salad many…

Sourdough Whole Wheat Sesame Crackers

These crackers make use of sourdough discard, with sesame flavor coming from three sources! Homemade crackers are remarkably simple to make, delicious, and can be modified in many ways to create flavor combinations you’ll love.  On Saturday, I try to remember to feed “Ginny Junior,” my sourdough starter of 11 years. I often forget in…

Cranberry Butter Rum Apples Baked in Cider

            It’s apple harvest time, and our county has some of the best in the world! We enjoy apples fresh from the tree, applesauce, apple muffins, apple cakes and bread. Baked apples are a special treat, and in our home they hold lots of memories of making them together. Of course, there are so many ways…

New England Clambake “Chowda”

All the flavors of a traditional New England Clambake in a bowl of chowda! As a New Englander, I have been to traditional clam bakes on many occasions, usually festive events such as a wedding or reunion, anything from four people to several hundred, and what a time it is! A fire pit is dug,…

Roasted Shrimp and Coconut Bisque

There are certain recipes that feel really special when you serve them to family and friends, and if you are lucky, they are pretty quick and easy to put together as well. This is one of them. We had a lovely physically-distanced brunch with old friends this weekend outdoor under my massive sugar maple tree….

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…

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…

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…

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 […]

Smoky Grilled Garlic Scape Hummus

It’s a little smoky, a little sweet, and a lot savory with the garlic scapes adding a mild not-quite garlic flavor.I think I could eat hummus any meal or snack of the day, and it’s usually front and center at a party or picnic. I’ve made it dozens of ways, but my latest rendition uses…

Lemon, Farro, and Wild Rice Salad

Farro and wild rice both have wonderful texture, and when you put them together in a salad, you have a winning combination that is packed with flavor and nutrition. I love salads that I can put together and munch on all week at lunch or snack time. They are often the same salads that provide…

Fresh Spring Roll Lettuce Wraps

I couldn’t make up my mind. Did I want fresh spring rolls or lettuce wraps? I decided to combine the two! It was a rough week, weather wise, here in Vermont. Ice, rain, snow, then frigid below zero temperatures for days; even the sunshine did not make it easier, and no one wanted to leave…

Smoked Lemon Lavender Tofu

Santa brought me a new toy for Christmas, a hand-held smoking gun. I’ve been playing a lot in the kitchen… My new toy in the kitchen has been put to good use, and it’s been fun practicing. I think you can smoke just about anything, in fact, there are few things I’ve eyed recently that […]

“Have a Ball” Root Vegetable Salad

Who says melons are the only produce to go to the ball? Carrots, beets, turnips, potatoes, and radishes want to have fun too! I’ve always loved fruit salads made with little balls of melon and other fruits. They are so pretty to look at! I had the melon baller in my hand recently and a…

End-of-Summer Salad with Marinated Delicata Squash

Summer is hanging on by a mere thread as Autumn breathes gently in the wings. But for a brief window of time, we enjoy all the best produce from both seasons, and that means dishes packed with color, texture, and flavor.  I love a composed salad! Groups of vegetables arranged on a large platter create…

Coleslaw with Buttermilk Dressing

A delightful Depression-era coleslaw moves into the 21st Century with just a few slight modifications! I got sidetracked this summer with a project from 85 years ago, and boy was it fun. WPA project on today’s table My husband and I are members of the Vermont Historical Society and we attended a dinner this spring…