Heirloom Tomato and Mozzarella Pie with Herbed Crust

The crust makes memorable this simple pie of tomatoes and cheese. The surplus of cherry tomatoes has finally dwindled at our home to the last few treasures ripening inside. Thursday, we had a 65-degree day, and I let myself think perhaps my struggling cherry tomato plants might offer up something new. This morning? A frost,…

Rosemary and Lemon Pastry Crust

The addition of fresh herbs to a basic pastry dough makes a remarkable transformation for a simple pie. You will think twice about making a plain shell in the future! In all the cooking classes I’ve held, the one technique that sparks absolute fear in many a heart is the idea of making pastry dough…

A Study in Purple…

I didn’t intend for it to happen, but when I went to make the roasted vegetables for Sunday dinner, they were all purple! So I threw in a bunch of grapes for good measure. I sent my husband to the market to get sweet potatoes, and he came back with a purple variety. They were…

Brussels Sprouts with Fennel in Sherry Shallot Cream Sauce

Fennel is used three ways in this dish, but Brussels sprouts are still the star. As the holidays approach, I’m already thinking about side dishes for those feature meals and family gatherings. Often, people look forward to the sides as much as they do the turkey. I’ve made Brussels sprouts lots of different ways, and…

Autumn Turnip and Carrot Cakes

Stay with me please, I know the word turnip does not inspire a lot of sexy vegetable glamor, but they are good! Turnips and root vegetables are the star of this little fritter, and we’re using the lovely tops as well. We have definitely moved into root vegetable world! The markets are filled with carrots and…

Watermelon Radish Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

One thing the farm stands boast right now is color, and lots of it, from vibrant orange squashes and sweet potatoes, to hardy vibrant pink radishes! I love color on the plate, and this time of year we can easily serve up that daily rainbow of vegetables. One of my favorite colors is the deep…

Vermont Cheddar, Beer, and Mushroom Soup

Follow the trails for Cheddar cheese and craft beer, and you’ll be treated to some of the best flavors of Vermont (yes, we have maps!). In this soup, we throw in a few wild mushrooms for good measure. Any where you land in Vermont, there are several things you will never be far from – maple…

Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad

Sweet fall kale and Brussels sprouts are delightful in a salad surrounded by colorful autumn vegetables, and topped with a Creamy Lemon Parmesan Dressing. I raided the kale from my garden today and had lots of it to use. In the fall and winter, the kale is much sweeter than in the summer, and right…

My Sunday Pasta Sauce

My house all-purpose pasta sauce that’s great on everything from spaghetti to after-school English muffin pizzas. And nothing is wasted in this slow-simmered sauce. Mom would approve! It’s Sunday. We have plenty of time to cook and we want to make the home smell wonderful. We also want to have plenty of leftovers for other…

Autumn Pot Pie with Roasted Vegetables

The ultimate comfort food, but in this version no one will miss the meat (especially if you don’t bother to tell them it’s not there…) There is one dish everyone in my family agrees on – a pot pie. Chicken pot pie, turkey pot pie, and seafood pot pie are the favorites, but I think…

321 Quote Me: Food for Thought

Hello All! I have been tagged by Ribana at Popsicle Society for this amazing:  321 Quote Me with the topic Food For Thought! 321 Quote Me was created by Rory at  A Guy Called Bloke Once a week, Rory will pick a random topic, post two quotes on that topic and tag 3 bloggers, who in…

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Basil and Lemon Sauce

Add a few pomegranate seeds and lots of black pepper, and you have a tasty side dish with balance and texture. Sweet potatoes. They are nutritious, lovely to look at and, well, sweet. In a savory side dish, the sweetness can be a problem to some. I’m not a huge fan of really sweet vegetable…

Crystalized Ginger

This is a “three-for-one recipe” using only two ingredients – ginger and sugar! You can always have crystalized or candied ginger in the pantry if you make it yourself! If you have a local source for ginger, even better! Our Vermont farmers have started growing fresh ginger during our long daylight hours of summer. They grow…

French Apple Cake

The apple is the star of this dish, or rather, the “apples” of different varieties! I’ve made apple cakes for years, and they are always a hit. When we head out to the orchard to pick, I know there will be a special dessert sometime in the near future, most likely served after Sunday dinner….

Autumn Salad with Maple Poppyseed Dressing

Add some rosemary, lemon, and garlic marinated mushrooms, and you have a flavorful fall lunch using seasonal beets three ways. It is the season of color. The leaves are turning quickly, and the hillsides are vibrant yellow and orange and red, with evergreen thrown in for contrast. The same colors are in abundance in our…

Mulled Apple Cider

Cider mulling in the kitchen is the aroma of Vermont in Autumn. Add a crackling fire in the hearth, and you’ve no reason to venture out. I’m not sure if the wood smoke of the fireplace makes the cider taste better, or if the cider makes the fire dance more slowly. Either way, it’s a perfect…