Quick Braised Spring Vegetables with Mint

Rhubarb adds the tart, spring radishes and turnips the savory, and a touch of honey balances it all out. Spring is finally here and we are now getting a steady supply of lettuces and tons of other greens, radishes, asparagus, and little turnips. Ruby red stalks of rhubarb have also made their debut, and together…

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…

Winter Roots!

It is the Season of Root Crops! But how much of these treasures can you store yourself? It is Autumn, and the farm stands are offering bulk supplies of winter roots: potatoes, carrots, beets, and onions. Some store easily, others not so much. I’ve had my share of onions that rotted, carrots that turned to…

Wild Mushrooms Galore!

Now’s the time to find wild treasures at farmers markets and farm stands. From soup to pate, mushrooms are the star! Hen of the woods. Chicken of the Woods. Lobsters. Winecaps. Combstooth and Lion’s Main. Ah, Yellowfoot Chanterelles and Black Trumpets! Some of our favorite mushrooms appear in the fall. Once we finally got some…

Beets are the Color of Fall

Roast them, sauté them, grill them, pickle them, steam them…from root to stem, it’s all good! Open just about any New England menu in the Autumn and you’ll find beets! These colorful vegetables are especially loved by chefs because they are one of the easiest to use “root to stem” every part of them edible, even…

Peaches with Ginger Rum Sauce

It’s Peach Season and we simply can’t get enough!             I stop at the farm stand and smell the peaches the second I walk through the door! For months, we have all been waiting for this. I buy a big greedy bagful, and am tempted to try to eat one…

6 Chilled Summer Soups

We have a dilemma – with all the wonderful vegetables available right now, it’s just too hot to cook! Chilled summer soups solve the problem, and can take only moments to prepare.

Sushi Salad: A Light & Delicious Meal

Sushi Salad: A deconstructed salad with the help of an exotic “local” crop             It’s January and time for salad! The holidays over, the refrigerator cleaned out, and we search for something a little lighter for our plates. A salad using some common components of the “California Roll” fits the bill…

Taking Stock: Borrow the Best from the Past

The act of making stock is the first, best place to start.      They say everything old is new again. Making stock is one of the ways we can save money, or at least feel virtuous by reducing what we throw in the trash. It is more than that. This is one of those simple steps…