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.

Haymaker’s Switchel

The original energy drink from Colonial times, haymaker’s switchel has kept New England farmers, and others, well hydrated in the humid summer months. (Rum optional). When I was a child, once in a while someone in the family made haymakers switchel. I didn’t care for it much as a kid, but a few years ago,…

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…

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,…

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…

Grilled Fish Tacos with Cherry & Radish Salsa

The cherries are in season, so why not use them rather than an imported fruit? Cherry salsa? Why not? We often serve fish tacos with the popular mango salsa, and when I was thinking about making fish tacos recently, I knew I needed to come up with an alternate fruit because of an allergy ––…

New England Lobster Stew

There are certain sacred dishes in New England, and many of them revolve around Maine lobsters. We try to make several trips to the shore each year, and often vacation in Maine. We find that the holiday is punctuated with various lobsters along the way, always at our favorite stands and restaurants. Planning the meals…

Strawberry & Rose Fool

Strawberries are best served up without a lot of fuss, but a little rosewater doesn’t hurt! Strawberry season in New England marks the true beginning of the summer. We look forward to the beautiful sweet treats we can now enjoy by the pound and not by just the ounce. Only when they are in season…

Grandmother Neill’s Rhubarb Coffee Cake

This recipe is from the grandmother of a friend of a friend! My friend Carolyn and I have worked a local music festival for many years, and catering the green room for the artists has been one of our pleasures. Since the festival is in early June, Carolyn often brought this cake made from fresh…

Slow Roasted Duck with Cherry & Fennel Sauce

Roast it slow, and the oven does all the work! Serve with either a long-summered or quick sauce. We don’t cook duck very often. We think of it as a holiday or special occasion dish. But we keep one or two in the freezer that we buy from a local farmer, and once in a…

Spiced Arborio Rice Pudding

This is Comfort Food with a subtle fragrance of spices! Most of us have memories of rice pudding. If the memory involves something wonderful your mother made, it’s a good one. But if your only memory is that of school cafeteria pudding, well, you might not think as kindly upon this dish. I have only…

Split Pea and Cauliflower Soup

A little lighter than the original, but packed with flavor and nutrition. In a pressure cooker, this is easily a weeknight dinner. This is my 100th post! Pea soup made from dried legumes is a classic Northern dish with French Canadian roots. On rainy spring nights, this soup warms the bones and adds home comfort…

Family Favorite Carrot Cake

An old family recipe, traditional at Spring, topped with less-sugar cream cheese frosting, and made with a twist or two! As we think ahead to planning Easter and Spring gatherings, carrot cake comes to mind as a perfect dessert. The flavors and textures of this cake appeal to many, so it is often requested at…

Sweet or Savory Buckwheat Crêpes

Naturally gluten-free, these lacy traditional crêpes are perfect for either sweet or savory dishes. Buckwheat crêpes are one of my favorites from the family recipe box. My own family loves them as well. I might make them for a Sunday breakfast, brunch with guests, dessert, or as a well-loved after-school snack for my grandchildren.  Everything…