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,…

Mushroom and Vegetable Jambalaya

It’s spicy, it’s hearty, and it makes you want to dance down the street flinging Mardi Gras beads! Laissez les bons temps rouler! Let the Good Times Roll! I’m always happy to see the good times of Mardi Gras roll around. Winter hangs on, and we’re hungry for spring and something different to eat, and…

Fresh Spring Roll Lettuce Wraps

I couldn’t make up my mind. Did I want fresh spring rolls or lettuce wraps? I decided to combine the two! It was a rough week, weather wise, here in Vermont. Ice, rain, snow, then frigid below zero temperatures for days; even the sunshine did not make it easier, and no one wanted to leave…

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…

Moroccan Chickpea Stew

It might be a cold winter’s night, but a hearty bowl of stew with flavors from another land can warm the body and soul! Soups and stews warm many a winter’s night, or day. I love deep rich flavor that a nice long simmer will give a pot of vegetables lots of time to get…

Sweet and Sour Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

A versatile recipe that is not overly sweet or sour, just right in the middle of delicious. I love stuffing vegetables –– peppers, tomatoes, onions, zucchini. But my favorite is portabella mushrooms. They just ask to be stuffed with something. Whenever I use them in a recipe where they are sliced up I think it…

Quick Miso Soup

When you are craving miso soup, nothing else will do! The closest Japanese restaurant to us is a half hour away, so we usually plan ahead of time to make the trek, cravings for sushi or miso soup aside. But miso soup is really simple to make, and in less time than it takes to…

Fusilli with Dairy-Free Vodka Sauce & Seasoned Breadcrumbs

With the wide range of gluten-free pastas available today, this dairy-free version of the classic can easily feed all those family dietary requirements in one quick dish! My teenage grandson loves creamy pastas with a vodka tomato sauce. At lunch recently, he ordered just that at one of our favorite restaurants, but the dish was…

Maple Oat Bread

There are some recipes that take you home, and some that create home for your own family. This one is both. Maple and oat are both staples of the north. Maple, of course, is the sweet spring essence of our forests and a much welcomed ingredient used by early settlers. It’s our first crop of…

Smoked Lemon Lavender Tofu

Santa brought me a new toy for Christmas, a hand-held smoking gun. I’ve been playing a lot in the kitchen… My new toy in the kitchen has been put to good use, and it’s been fun practicing. I think you can smoke just about anything, in fact, there are few things I’ve eyed recently that […]

Smoky Yellow-Eyed Beans and Swiss Chard

In the South, black-eyed peas and greens are the New Years good-luck staple dish. In the New England, we lean toward stocking yellow-eyed beans and Swiss chard in our kitchens. In the instant multi-cooker, this is a snap! They look a lot alike –– black-eyed peas and yellow-eyed beans, but they have a much different…

Warm Up Your Morning with Hot Cereal

It looks like a dish of cereal, a pretty one at that with a few little adornments. However, take a bite, and you might forget forever about those packets of instant oatmeal.   Hot cereal in the winter When I was a child, winter months usually meant hot cereal in the morning, and that was…