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…

Fresh Pea and Coconut Soup

This chilled soup is light and refreshing, just the thing to enjoy on a hot summer’s evening. The first full day of summer is upon us, and we are in the middle of a little heat wave. Highs in the 90s, tons of humidity, lots of sun and pop-up thunder showers. I don’t want long…

Sweet Pea and Leek Risotto

It’s pea season! Make something fresh and lively, but don’t throw away those pea pods, turn them into stock for your risotto! I love that old-fashioned term “mess of peas.” It reminds me of grandmothers on porches with children at their feet shelling peas (or shucking, depending on region) while talking about everything wild and…

Sautéed Asparagus & New Radishes over Penne

It couldn’t be more perfect. Sunshine, blue skies, first of the season vegetables and flowers and temperatures hovering at 68. We’ve earned this! Last week, we had snow, but this week, we turned the corner into Spring proper. The rains coaxed the leaves on the trees, and finally warming temperatures encouraged the stubborn asparagus spouts,…

Forbidden Rice with Wild Spring Vegetables

 Ramps and fiddleheads join with the first asparagus to create a delicious dish using black forbidden rice. Wild ramps and fiddleheads have made their spring debut in Southern Vermont and at least one of them finds its way to our dinner plates most nights. Whether a simple sauté or soup, or a component in a…

Smashed Potatoes with Tomato Sauce and Olives

I’ve rarely met a potato I didn’t like! This time around, the potato is the center of the dish and not just a lonely little side. The star Have you had enough dinners lately with pasta the center of the plate? I love it when potatoes can be the star of a meal. A stuffed…

Black Bean, Poblano, and Red Pepper Enchiladas

A comforting enchilada recipe to make when you have lots of time to putter around in the kitchen (like now?). So, this is not a recipe you make on a hurried weeknight. It’s a recipe you make when you will be home all day and can make the components as your will or energy dictates during […]

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…

Three Mushroom Cassoulet

A traditional cassoulet is an experience in beans and meats, and more meats, and can be quite heavy. This lightened up version uses no meat at all, just meaty mushrooms and lots of other flavor. The traditional slow-cooked cassoulet was created in France, the original Languedoc region towns of Toulouse, Carcassonne, and Castelnaudary. It was…

A Lighter, Colorful Irish Colcannon

Traditionally, colcannon is an Irish dish composed of mashed potatoes with cabbage or kale. But with a few twists, this dish is lightened up for the 21st Century, and stars in three delicious left-over creations. St. Patrick’s Day is almost here, a time to visit some of the traditional dishes that traveled from Ireland to…

Spaghetti with Roasted Garlic Cloves and Mushrooms

Sweet and unique in flavor, roasted garlic enhances a simple dish of pasta. I don’t think there is anyone of any age in our family who doesn’t love roasted garlic. Often, we pop a whole head in the oven to roast and add the tender, sweet flesh to mashed potatoes, or smear it on a…

Winter Market Shallot and Arugula Soup

My winter farm market had the largest shallots I’d ever seen in my life, as big as an onion; I knew I had to make something special.  The staples at our Winter CSA are reliable, and I am extremely grateful that all season long and well into spring, I can purchase organic, colorful potatoes, carrots,…