Spring Sorrel and Parsnip Soup

It’s time to make a spring tonic soup since the ice is out at Joe’s Pond! Ah, April. Just when we thought it was safe to ditch the boots and winter coats, just as the daffodils delight with their beautiful spring show, we had a spring snow storm that left thousands without power.  The ice…

(Today’s)Yankee Bean and Macaroni Soup

A New England classic that stands the test of time – inexpensive, quick, and really tasty. When I was growing up, Mom often put together a “Yankee Bean Soup” using leftover beans from another meal and a ham bone for flavor. It was a quick meal, tasty, filling, and usually served up with biscuits. There…

Shiitake Mushroom Noodle Soup with Peas Three Ways

Shiitake mushrooms are the star here, but peas three ways are perfect supporting actors. Growing up, my uncle Leonard and Aunt Mary were neighbors. He was a great forager of many wild delights, especially mushrooms. From a young age, I learned to love the flavor of chanterelles, hen of the woods (maitake), morels, and other…

Noodles with Tuna and Peas

Tastier and easier than that retro Tuna Noodle Casserole you may have grown up with (or not!). We have a vegan version too! I did not grow up with Tuna Noodle Casserole in our home. I guess my mother did not like it, or my dad! She loved egg noodles though, and usually served them…

Rigatoni with Butternut Squash and Roasted Garlic

Autumn flavors combine with pasta for comfort food delight! The weather finally turned this weekend to crisp and cooler, and then rainy and dank. Lulled by a long, warm early Autumn, we’re all scrambling now to finish those yard chores before snow. Although the thermometer dipped and hovered close to freezing, and the chilly rains…

Fennel and Leek “Vichyssoise” with Seared Scallops

A lighter version of one of our family’s favorites. Guilt-free, but just as delicious! It’s not a traditional Vichyssoise, but it is just as delicious (and there’s a vegan alternative too). My mother-in-law Pat Read was one of the best chefs I’ve ever known, and I learned lots from her. She ran two splendid restaurants…

Polenta with Shrimp and Cherry Tomatoes

Yes, the cherry tomatoes are still coming strong, and this dish is a perfect accompaniment to shrimp atop a lovey batch of polenta, otherwise known almost affectionately as cornmeal mush in New England! First, the cornmeal The cornmeal is definitely half the main act here. Creamy and full of corn flavor, polenta makes a wonderful…

Cedar Plank Tofu with Grilled Veggies

 A super summer supper that celebrates the season! Quick too! The hot, humid weather broke this past Sunday, so I took advantage of the cooler air to head out to the grill. One of my least favorite summer food activities is standing over hot coals when it is 95 degrees and thick humidity! Even if…

Heirloom Tomato & Corn Cobbler

Heirloom tomatoes. Fresh corn on the cob. A nutty whole-grain biscuit with scallions and black pepper. These create for a sensational seasonal summer supper! We wait all year for our local tomatoes to ripen. The season of too much is happening a little slow for many this year because of our extremely rainy July, but…

Fire Roasted Tomato and Artichoke Soup

We can make this comfort soup entirely with items in our pantry, or dress it up with leftovers from the refrigerator. Whether living under a Stay Home order by the state, or just looking for an easy dinner on a day when there was no time to shop, this is a handy recipe to have…

Heirloom Tomato and Mozzarella Pie with Herbed Crust

The crust makes memorable this simple pie of tomatoes and cheese. The surplus of cherry tomatoes has finally dwindled at our home to the last few treasures ripening inside. Thursday, we had a 65-degree day, and I let myself think perhaps my struggling cherry tomato plants might offer up something new. This morning? A frost,…

Quinoa & Apple Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash

Farm stands are filled with colorful squash and apples, just begging to be put together. I love the sweet little winter squashes we find at this time of year. Delicata and Sweet Dumpling are my favorites. They just beg to be scooped out and filled with something delectable! And, if you can’t find these, you…

Rumtum Diddy

It’s a funny name, but this inexpensive Depression-era dish will feed a family quickly and deliciously. While researching Depression-era recipes for a different project, I came across several versions of an old New England supper staple during these hard times –– “Rinktum Diddy” or Rum Tum Diddy or Rum Tim Ditty. No one seemed to…