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…

Spicy Greens with Blue Cheese, Pears & Pecans

This Trio of Flavors Moves Easily from Summer Salad to Autumn Side Growing up, there was always Swiss chard in the garden, one of my mom’s favorite greens. From spring through nearly winter, this cut-and-come-again green is a backbone of the New England kitchen garden, a workhorse for its durability, and also for its beauty…

Gilfeather Turnip Soufflé

The Humble “Vermont State Vegetable” Gets Dressed Up in a Soufflé, and Dressed Down in a Humble Soup or Sauté! Turnip soufflé? I know. Turnips are a common vegetable, peasant food, abundant in heartiness, and modest in appearance. Some would even say ugly. Soufflé brings to mind images of French restaurants and fancy brunch with…

Sweet & Sour Brussels Sprouts

You don’t have to be a fan of Brussels sprouts to like this dish! It has everything going for it: caramelized bits of sprouts, a little sweet from the apple and maple syrup and a little tang from the vinegar. It is also a great dish because everything in it except the olive oil and…

Nana’s Flakey Lemon Braid

  Pre-made Puff Pastry Makes Easy Work of this Dessert If I am going to use a pre-made product, it better not just be easy, it needs to taste good too. Pre-made puff pastry saves tons of times, and has countless sweet and savory uses. Look for one made with real butter; it is harder…

Beets are the Color of Fall

Roast them, sauté them, grill them, pickle them, steam them…from root to stem, it’s all good! Open just about any New England menu in the Autumn and you’ll find beets! These colorful vegetables are especially loved by chefs because they are one of the easiest to use “root to stem” every part of them edible, even…

Put the Season in a Jar!

Savor the best all year long! Jams, Jellies, Preserves, Fruits, Pickles, Relishes, Vinegars, Chutneys, Salsas, Tomatoes              I grew up with Ball canning jars. My mother would fill them with jams and jellies and applesauce, and pickles of just about anything in abundance. She made sweet pickles, relish, dill pickles, zucchini pickles, and pickled green…