Homemade Hummus with Roasted Chickpeas

If you make it from scratch with dried chickpeas, this dip not only tastes better than what you find in the market, but it is quite economical as well. I love hummus. I always have some in my refrigerator and I use it for dips and as a spread on sandwiches or crackers. As delicious…

Purple Reigns Salad

A Flavorful Nutritional Boost for the Hectic Season (and it’s pretty…) I love this salad! Purple reigns, and all that color means it’s loaded with lots of healthful nutrients, a nice boost at low energy days! You can swap out what you like for many of the ingredients; instead of the balsamic, use sherry or…

Autumn Salad of Beets and Goat Cheese

Root Vegetables are Lovely as a Side Dish, but Even Better as a Salad It is snowing outside and it is late Autumn in Vermont. We just finished Thanksgiving, and we’ve eaten a lot of rich and wonderful foods. But we need a break! Something a little more healthful please! It’s time for salads, but…

Food on a Stick!

It’s time for a cookout! My granddaughter says we all love food on a stick because it is fun to eat! She’s right. The farmers’ markets and farm stands are open. The trees have leafed out and it feels like summer in Vermont, at least most days. One of the first things we do is…

The Delightful Season of Asparagus

Set the beets aside, please… Just about the time you can’t face cooking another root vegetable, the beautiful green spears of asparagus start peeking out of the newly warmed soil. On a warm day, you can almost watch them grow. It’s just about time! The intense flavor of this fresh vegetable is vastly superior to…

Grilled Salad of Bitter Greens

Bitter just needs to be balanced! I love bitter foods! I know it is not to some folks’ taste, but when balanced with a little sweet and a little sour, the possibilities are amazing. Rapini? Love it, and I totally ignore all blanching instructions to “remove the bitterness;” goodness, that’s why I chose this vegetable…

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…