Spring Pea and Asparagus Salad with Radish Top Dressing

If you love peas, you’ll love this salad! Spring means the return of fresh, local green things! Fiddleheads, ramps, spring lettuces, radishes, pea shoots, and the much-anticipated asparagus. How we love those first spears, pulled fresh from the earth! There will be grilled and steamed asparagus, asparagus soup, asparagus in stir fries and salads, served…

Seared Sesame Tuna and Swiss Chard

A warm salad, starter, or light lunch, this dish is filled with flavor and texture. This dish is really simple and quick, taking just a few minutes in the kitchen from start to finish. It is delicious warm or at room temperature. The dressing makes the dish, and you can use it on any fish…

Grilled Endive Salad with Carrot Dressing

Endive is usually chopped into a salad or filled with a dip of some sort creamy filling as an appetizer. But grilling brings out the best of this vegetable, and topped with a carrot dressing, it is a memorable meal.

Roasted Shrimp Cocktail with Avocado and Melon

I love a recipe that I can make early in the day and let sit around in the refrigerator getting better and better as the day goes on. Special little salads fall into this category, and in our family shrimp is always at the top of the list.

A New Season, a New CSA: Winter Salad

Sunset is now at 4:16 p.m. and our days are short. While my grass may still be green, the only thing surviving in my garden is parsley and Swiss chard in the cold frame, and some scraggly thyme, sage, and peppermint in the herb bed. Our local farmers to the rescue!

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…

Grilled Summer Vegetables with Charred Scallion Garlic Dressing

I love grilling when the weather finally turns and Autumn whispers “hurry up, I’m almost here, get your grilling in!” I’m not a fan of standing over a grill filled with red-hot coals while it is 95 degrees out and extremely humid. But as soon as September creeps in, I’m out there grilling whatever I…

Napa Cabbage Salad with Ginger and Lime Dressing

Crunchy, a little savory, a little sour, and a little sweet! I love a salad with lots of interest! A salad that serves as a meal needs to have a lot going for it in my book – color, texture, a variety of flavors, and a good balance of sweet, salty, sour, and savory, with…

Corn and Black Bean Salad with Malt Vinegar Dressing

During corn season in Vermont, we often have left-over corn we’ve cut from the cobs, perfect in salads, especially with a little accent of craft beer! Actually, sometimes it’s a big container leftover! I’ll usually buy a full dozen ears of corn, and what we don’t eat gets cut off the cob and either frozen…

First Corn Salad with Orecchiette Pasta and Wasabi Dressing

New Englanders wait for Sweet Corn Season all year, and for two months we delight in using it as much as possible, from breakfast to dinner, and the occasional midnight snack! Of course, the absolute best way to eat that first ear is quickly cooked (steamed, grilled, roasted, boiled, your choice) and served with lots…

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…

Buttons and Bows

Button mushrooms and bow-tie pasta combine with fresh from the garden vegetables for a delightful summer salad.  I remember my Mom fussing about in our kitchen and singing a silly little song about Buttons and Bows and telling me that although she liked the song it was stuck in her head and she was singing it…

Sunburst Summer Squash with Saffron and Lemon

This side dish tastes as refreshing as it looks, and can easily move from lunch to dinner. We’ve been experiencing a heat wave here in Vermont, and we’ve seen lots of sun! The gardens are growing like crazy with our long hours of daylight, and everyone is eating a lot of veggies!  Sunshine Veggies! Local…

Sweet Corn and Potato Salad

The corn’s the star here, but we’ve added some horseradish to wake up the potatoes! I love salads that get better as they sit in the refrigerator! This combination of corn, potatoes, horseradish, and chives, invites seconds! The corn’s the star, but everything else, lightly dressed, is happy to lend flavor Pantry meal This was…

Fregola Salad with Asparagus and Artichokes

The flavorful dressing in this fregola pasta salad lends itself to the vibrant spring asparagus. Once asparagus season starts, I’m happy! It’s not quite here yet locally, but I couldn’t wait, and used the last of the frozen asparagus in one of my favorite salads to console myself after the appearance of more snow flurries…

Spinach Crazy Salad with Coffee Vinaigrette

   It’s certain that fine women eat    A crazy salad with their meat. ~ William Butler Yeats “A Prayer for my Daughter” A crazy salad at my home is a kind of kitchen sink dish, you make it with whatever you have on hand, within reason of course! When I make this salad, I go…

Roasted Asparagus and Potatoes with Maple Dijon Sauce

Although we were teased with daffodil sprouts earlier this week and the calendar said it was the first day of Spring, this is what we woke up to. No, it didn’t last long, but that is hardly the point. What I needed was asparagus I decided I needed asparagus. I knew I had two bags…

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…

Almost Spring Salad

This is one of those simple salads that tastes better the next day after everything has a chance to get acquainted – but it’s pretty good the first day too! It feels like spring. Most of my snow has melted (for now), the frost is leaving the ground, and mud is everywhere. The neighbor’s chickens…

Baked Falafels with Lemon Tahini Sauce

You don’t need a deep fryer to make these crispy little balls of chickpeas and spices. They can be prepared in the oven and still have that traditional flavor and texture. I’ll never forget the first time I had falafel, decades ago. My girlfriend and I went to Boston to attend a writers conference, a…

Black Bean and Corn Salad

Corn and beans are a delicious combination, and when accompanied by lots of other flavorful and colorful vegetables, they shine. This is a vibrant salad with warm spices and lots of crunch! This little collection of beans, corn, vegetables, and spices can play many roles, so make a big batch and serve it differently at…

“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…