Grilled Salad of Bitter Greens

Bitter just needs to be balanced! I love bitter foods! I know it is not to some folks’ taste, but when balanced with a little sweet and a little sour, the possibilities are amazing. Rapini? Love it, and I totally ignore all blanching instructions to “remove the bitterness;” goodness, that’s why I chose this vegetable…

Chocolate!

Chocolate has always been at the top of the list for Valentine’s Day treats, and as the day approaches, the shops are filled with a staggering variety of heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and candies. Although the satin and ribbon trims offer a promise of delicious, too often what we find are treats that are just…

Eggs for Supper!

Omelets, Simple Scramble, or Stunning Soufflé? Having run a bed and breakfast for many years, I’ve made more omelets and soufflés than I can count. But when I make them for my own family, it is usually for supper! We love breakfast at dinnertime, usually on a day when time has just gotten away from us,…

Wild Mushroom Risotto

Our family loves mushrooms!  We eat them almost every day, and when we locate local, wild varieties, it’s a moment. We are lucky to live in an area where many Vermont farmers are expanding their crops to include cultivation of our wild varieties, so farm stands and farmers’ markets often have these treasures on their…

Sushi Salad: A Light & Delicious Meal

  Sushi Salad: A deconstructed salad with the help of an exotic “local” crop             It’s January and time for salad! The holidays over, the refrigerator cleaned out, and we search for something a little lighter for our plates. A salad using some common components of the “California Roll” fits the…

Simple Treats from a Busy Holiday Kitchen

These can be made in minutes! Relax. Time is tight just about now, but we still want to treat our family and friends with delights from our kitchen, morsels we create once a year. Cookies and breads top the list of holiday offerings. I know in our family, we have recipes everyone craves and expects….

A New Look at Holiday Favorites

Let’s do this a little differently Reimagine those family favorites (quietly…)            With the weather so warm this autumn, little have our thoughts drifted to the upcoming holidays. But alas, they are upon us! and we turn our attention to the busy times ahead, especially to the gatherings and meals to be…

My Favorite Cookbooks

At least, my favorite cookbooks, today… I live with many cookbooks, and my favorites change now and then. But there are a few classics I refer to time and time again. Many of these are oldies but goodies, my vintage treasures, but some are new and I think they’ll be around for a while. Of course,…

Creating Kitchen Magic

The magic of cooking and feeding ourselves can happen with a well-equipped modern kitchen, an ill-equipped apartment kitchen, a hotplate, or even a campfire. It makes no difference. All you need is a desire to feed people and yourself. A heat source is handy! My first kitchen way back at the dawning of the Age…

Taking Stock: Borrow the Best from the Past

The act of making stock is the first, best place to start.      They say everything old is new again. Making stock is one of the ways we can save money, or at least feel virtuous by reducing what we throw in the trash. It is more than that. This is one of those simple steps…

New Twists on Old Recipes

We all have them, old recipe cards, notebooks, maybe even pages torn out of women’s magazines from the 1950s. Whatever the form, the stash of old recipes are family treasures. However, we are sometimes disappointed when we make them, especially if we do a lot of cooking and the food fashion of today does not mesh with that of the Depression era.