Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Basil and Lemon Sauce

Add a few pomegranate seeds and lots of black pepper, and you have a tasty side dish with balance and texture. Sweet potatoes. They are nutritious, lovely to look at and, well, sweet. In a savory side dish, the sweetness can be a problem to some. I’m not a huge fan of really sweet vegetable…

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…

Heirloom Beets & Greens

Whether you have a love affair with beets or not, you can eat every inch of them, and they pack a lot of nutrition.

Rainbow Chard with Goat Cheese & Orange

With a little spark of orange, and a tang of goat cheese, this humble green will please a crowd. Swiss Chard has long been a cold-hardy queen of the garden in the northeast. From spring through to the first snows (and sometimes beyond), this green is a reliable cut-and-come again staple in the garden, and…

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…

Potato and Corn Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Stuffed with potatoes, more peppers, and topped with tomatoes, this dish could be a study in nightshades! When I visited the farmers market last week, I found the most beautiful poblano peppers I think I’ve ever seen. Deep green, smooth, and large, I knew they would be the center of a meal, more than likely…

Not quite your mother’s Succotash

It’s so much fun to cook this time of year! The farm stand dictates supper, and it’s always good! It’s not surprising that many traditional New England dishes use corn, beans, potatoes, squash, peppers, and tomatoes. These were all gifts of the New World, foods that the First Americans cultivated and enjoyed for thousands of…

New England jonnycakes: traditional, yet ready for the party!

In New England, these little flatbreads have a long history from the indigenous population to today’s dressed-up tables. In New England, these little cornmeal pancakes are called jonnycakes (no “h”), sometimes jonny cakes, two words; in the south, they may be referred to as journey cakes or hoe cakes. They are also known as ashcake,…

English Peas with Brown Butter & Honey

We wait for them all year, and happily, our patience is rewarded with these quick-cooking emeralds of the garden! When our peas come in, we eat them as often as possible because we blink, and they are gone. The rest of the year, we satisfy the craving with the frozen peas available to us all,…

Broccolini Salad with Toasted Garlic

Inspired by local produce treasures, this remake of broccoli salad will please (almost) everyone! You never know what you are going to find at the farmers market or the farm stand this time of year. This week, I found some lovely, just-picked broccolini in flower and I knew I would use every part of it…

Mushroom, Leek & Garlic Scape Pasta

Fresh and bright, these early summer flavors combine for a satisfying bowl of pasta that pleases the whole family. You never know what you are going to find at the farmers market this time of year, but whatever you find, you can spin some magic and come up with something delicious for supper, often using…

Sugar Snap Peas with Baby Carrots

It’s peas and carrots updated for 2019! There is no excuse for grabbing a bag of frozen peas and carrots at this time of year. The first spring plantings of both are hitting the farm stands and farmers markets, and are they ever tasty. With a little updating, peas and carrots move from an invisible…

Shrimp Stuffed Avocados

Serving this salad in little avocado boats adds a little bit of festive to a summer dinner. When I was growing up, I doubt I ever saw an avocado. Now, there’s hardly a day when I don’t find one on my plate in some form from breakfast to party appetizer. They are everywhere! My mother-in-law…

Cauliflower & Potato Salad

Less carbs and calories than the classic, but with the traditional summer flavor. I loved my mother’s potato salad. There was nothing out of the ordinary about it, and she made it slightly different each time, but she always included potatoes, eggs, onion, mayonnaise, and chives. Sometimes she added peas, fresh parsley, scallions, but usually…

Heavenly Baked Blooming Onions

The smell of baking onions drives the hungry wild! One of my favorite commentators on Vermont Public Radio for many years was the late Janet Green, whose homespun reflections were often memorable in some way. In one of her programs, she talked about what to do when dinner is going to be a bit late,…