Roasted Shrimp and Coconut Bisque

There are certain recipes that feel really special when you serve them to family and friends, and if you are lucky, they are pretty quick and easy to put together as well. This is one of them. We had a lovely physically-distanced brunch with old friends this weekend outdoor under my massive sugar maple tree….

Cornmeal Cake with Plums and Rosemary

It’s a great year for plums, and these sweet treasurers pair well with Rosemary and orange in this cornmeal dessert. I found a beautiful mixed box of plums at a local farm stand recently, and every variety and color was delicious! Sweet, juicy, plump, and tangy! It certainly seems to be a good year for plums,…

Grilled Summer Vegetables with Charred Scallion Garlic Dressing

I love grilling when the weather finally turns and Autumn whispers “hurry up, I’m almost here, get your grilling in!” I’m not a fan of standing over a grill filled with red-hot coals while it is 95 degrees out and extremely humid. But as soon as September creeps in, I’m out there grilling whatever I…

Napa Cabbage Salad with Ginger and Lime Dressing

Crunchy, a little savory, a little sour, and a little sweet! I love a salad with lots of interest! A salad that serves as a meal needs to have a lot going for it in my book – color, texture, a variety of flavors, and a good balance of sweet, salty, sour, and savory, with…

Grilled Red Pepper Soup – Three Ways

The farm stands right now are filled with bargains. You’ll find sweet red peppers, pricey most of the year, offered by the basketful! They are so pretty! Beautiful, deep red and delicious in so many dishes. Stuff them, chop them up for the freezer, sauté them with onions and serve atop a bed of rice….

Stale Bread, Onion Skins, and Pesto from Trash

The magic of cooking and feeding families can happen with a well-equipped modern kitchen, an ill-equipped apartment kitchen, a hotplate, or even a campfire.  All you need is a desire to feed people and a heat source! Repost from 2016, with a few updates. My first kitchen way back at the dawning of the Age…

Zesty Ginger Peach Chutney

   This chutney uses the best of the harvest, including Northern grown ginger!         It’s harvest time in Vermont, and that means lots of beautiful produce just waiting to be preserved for the rest of the year. Apples, squashes, corn, tomatoes, berries, peaches, ginger.  Yes, fresh ginger! There are quite a few…

Lemon and Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies are simple and delicious. With the addition of just a few things, they are all ready for a party. Planning for a Zoom baby shower, I was looking for a treat for us all to share together since we would not be physically present. I decided a shortbread cookie would be tasty, and…

Poblano Peppers Stuffed with Fregola and Summer Vegetables

We have an abundance of beautiful peppers of all sorts at the farm stands and farmers markets right now, all types and all sizes, hot and sweet, large and small. One of our family’s favorite peppers is the poblano. It carries just a little heat (although you never know, sometimes you can get one that…

Corn and Black Bean Salad with Malt Vinegar Dressing

During corn season in Vermont, we often have left-over corn we’ve cut from the cobs, perfect in salads, especially with a little accent of craft beer! Actually, sometimes it’s a big container leftover! I’ll usually buy a full dozen ears of corn, and what we don’t eat gets cut off the cob and either frozen…

Smoked Trout and Shiitake Appetizers

A quick little bite that is packed with flavor! This has been the summer of physically distanced mini dinner parties on my front porch. We lugged our houseplants outside, added two long tables together, set up a separate serving area, and added some fans. We’ve made it work, and have been able to enjoy the…

Iced Lemon and Wild Rice Soup

It’s still summer, it’s still nice and warm, and I’m hanging on to the season as long as possible. The calendar says September, and the humidity has broken here in the Green Mountain state. But it’s still summer in my book and that means chilled soups and anything lemon! Pat’s Iced Lemon Soup I had…

Haricot Verts with Cherry Tomatoes and Hazelnuts

With a few little twists, these thin French green beans are company’s-coming delicious on a week night. (subtopic, am I the only one having trouble with this new editor?????) It’s a good day when I find the beautiful little French green beans, called haricot verts, at the market. Straight and thin, tender and quite flavorful,…

Corn and Camembert Frittata with Red Pepper Sauce

You can put just about anything in a frittata, from leftovers to carefully planned ingredients. Sometimes the combination turns out just right! After a physically distant (I use that term because we are not really distant socially, just physically!) mini-dinner party for four last weekend, I had a few choice foods leftover: some Camembert, corn…

Savory Rice Pudding with Corn and Coconut

It’s savory, but also sweet, and bursting with corn flavor. For a while, I’ve been thinking about making a savory rice pudding, something that could serve as a side dish or base for a stir fry or other veggies. Since it is Corn Season in Vermont, the idea of combining rice pudding with corn pudding…

Peach and Raspberry Crisp

A couple touches of ginger make this seasonal treat just a bit different! These are the moments in the New England summer when we think we have everything we could possibly want. There’s corn and tomatoes in abundance, just about every other vegetable, so many treasures it is hard to find enough meals to squeeze…