A “New” New England Boiled Dinner

New England Boiled Dinner is a classic winter dish, although the protein used is a point of disagreement among many. This version avoids the argument completely. Ask a New Englander what is in a New England boiled dinner, and you will get a wide range of replies, and every one is considered to the THE…

Cabbage and Carrots With Caraway

Under pressure, this nutritional side dish is made quickly (and without the aroma penetrating the entire house all day) Cabbage is a cheap New England staple vegetable. In the autumn, you can find heads larger than your own at the farm stands for little money, and the winter co-ops and CSAs offer these local treasures…

Love Your Heart Chocolate Pudding

A Valentine treat that you can feel good about! Deep chocolate flavor, and no dairy! (You don’t need to reveal the secret ingredient!) It’s fun to make a special treat for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, but sometimes you don’t want to add all those extra fat and sugar grams to the diet just to…

Black Bean & Rice Stuffed Red Peppers

A little salsa, a little heat, a simple makeover of Mom’s “Stuffed Peppers” Back in the day, not really so long ago, if you followed a vegetarian diet, you were instructed at every turn to combine your foods so that you had “complete protein” in every meal, and that often meant rice and beans. Since…

A New Take on Classic New England Stewed Beans

            This New England classic can be slow cooked all day on the stove, in the oven, or in a slow cooker. Or, you can make them in a fraction of the time in a pressure cooker, or one of the more modern multi-cookers that everyone seems to be using these days. My mother was…

Boston Brown Bread

If you have never heard of the New England tradition of Boston Brown Bread, you are in for a treat! When I was growing up, when we had a supper of beans, they were often served with Boston Brown Bread. This was the comfort meal, a bowl of beans and a biscuit or brown bread….

Mushroom Soup Four Ways!

From Vegan to Full Fat, this Savory Soup Can be Made Exactly How You Like It! On a chilly winter night, hot soup is always welcome, and after the indulgences of the holidays, something healthy is a welcome delight. Whether a hearty stew or light broth, soups warm both the body and soul, often bringing…

Salmon Cakes Benedict

Recycle 2018 Leftovers into Dishes for the New Year I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions; it is much too discouraging to find myself breaking vows a thousand times. But as I hang the new calendar, I often find myself taking stock pondering little changes, things I hope to improve in some way. One of…

Christmas Morning Breakfast Quiche

A Perfect Make Ahead Breakfast using Sugar Snap Peas and Caramelized Onions! I forget about quiche for long periods of time, or perhaps I make them too often and tire of them. If it’s been a while, perhaps it’s time to revisit. When I would serve this to my guests at the inn, I looked…

Feast of Seven Fishes – Stew!

You can honor the idea of the Feast of Seven Fishes in a one-dish meal that takes a fraction of the time, but delights with great flavor! I prepared the full Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve just once or twice. This Italian classic meal was lots of fun preparing, everyone adored the…

No-Apologies Christmas Fruitcake

Some of these cakes are doused in brandy for months before they are ready, and can last years! I don’t require mine to last years, or even months; it’s not a souvenir, it’s a holiday treat and I want people to eat it now! My Aunt Elda had a lovely fruitcake recipe handed down in the…

Whole Grain Buttermilk Biscuits with Herbs & Parmesan

Mom’s Weeknight Biscuits with a few Twists Biscuits with baked beans. Biscuits with soup. Biscuits with chicken and gravy, and just about everything else. That is how I grew up. My mom made beautiful yeast breads on the weekends, but weeknight supper was all about the quick biscuit. She didn’t need a recipe; she made…

Sylvia’s Floating Islands with Hot Buttered Rum Sauce

And a few simpler techniques for a festive holiday dessert in no time For a treat on cold winter days, our mother would often make us floating islands of luscious meringue in soft, spiced custard; we all thought it was good, and the little islands were fun to play with. My own children loved this…

Thanksgiving Prep 101

          It’s the Monday before Thanksgiving and I have a houseful coming. All’s calm…for now. But it means I have lots to do today, and those tasks are all about preparation. I’ve catered many events and gatherings, and learned along the way that anything that can be done beforehand needs to be done beforehand. I have…

A World of Bread in 20-Minutes

 Freshly made bread for dinner in minutes? Of course!             Nothing could be quicker than this recipe, and you can spin it into countless variations, including gluten free, so everyone in the family can be pleased. My daughter called me one night last week and needed an easy bread recipe that was gluten-free. I knew…

A Really Good Cup of Hot Chocolate!

       First snow today! There will be a need for a good cup of hot chocolate, and I’m ready. After making snowmen and forts with my brothers on cold, blustery days, Mom would have steaming hot chocolate waiting for us! Nothing tasted better, and nothing warmed us more. As an adult, I often…