Archive for ‘Vegetables’
August 26th, 2015

Tomato Bread Soup

In elementary school there was a girl who would eat tomatoes out-of-hand, like most people crunched apples. I would watch her, slightly in awe, slightly in horror, as she reached into her lunchbox and pulled out a whole tomato and take a bite. It was so outré! Come on, this wasn’t a traditional piece of […]

July 15th, 2015

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

This is the type of cake that calls to you. You may find yourself cutting thin slices off whenever you pass through the kitchen. It isn’t too sweet, and it is incredibly moist. I read a lot of recipes, and their are some cake recipes that claim to actually get better with age. I had […]

May 14th, 2014

Ramp Pesto

My husband and I have a tradition. Each year, when the weather finally gets warm, the ground begins to thaw, and little streams erupt, letting water trickle over the rocky landscape– we go foraging for ramps. We will go for a hike, and from past experience, we know where they hide. The first one we […]

April 11th, 2013

Red Salad

I love a slaw. Not the traditional coleslaw, laden with weepy, white cream-based dressings, but a slaw nouveau is what I’m talking about. A bit of cabbage, some acid– be it astringent vinegar, or tangy citrus juice, you can’t forget the olive oil, and some other stuff: nuts, herbs, thinly sliced onion, other vegetables, fruit […]

January 2nd, 2013

Joe’s Special

This is what we had on New Year’s day at my house: And it was perfect! The holiday season is over, and as much as I heartily welcome it each year; I am always ready to bid it farewell in January. Having the holidays fall on a a Tuesday this year really messed with my […]

November 20th, 2012

Baked Beans

I know that it’s almost Thanksgiving. (Gobble gobble, to all of those omnivores out there!) Most of you already are busy planning and cooking your meal. You will have the much-loved side dishes to be paired with the turkey: stuffing is a definite, most likely you’ll have mashed potatoes, maybe you’ll indulge in some creamed […]

November 6th, 2012

How to Roast a Pumpkin

It’s November, and Thanksgiving is early this year. If you’re anything like me, you’re already making mental checklists of everything you want/need (really, is there any difference?) to cook and bake for this holiday that beats all other holidays, culinarily speaking. I’ll be baking a pie this week on local television. (For those of you […]

October 23rd, 2012

Potato Leek Soup Plus

There is something about potato leek soup that is humbling. It’s cold outside and you pour yourself a cup. You slurp it down while wearing fingerless gloves. Maybe you’re in a barn. It is dusk. Dark clouds are rolling in. It is all very Dickensian. Humor me. That might be the potato leek soup that […]

September 20th, 2012

Little Red Hominy with Cheese

I must admit, it was the name of this casserole that got me at the start. It reminds me of nursery rhymes. As I glanced through the list of ingredients, trying to determine how the recipe got its moniker, I realized that the “little red” was in reference to the light tomato sauce that’s made […]

September 4th, 2012

Cream Corn 2.0

Soup or side dish. That’s a difficult one. Cream corn straddles those two food groups. So let’s just call it a soupy side dish. Cream corn is good, some might even say great. It is soothing, comforting; it screams summer. (For those of you that haven’t ever had fresh cream corn, it may scream, “I […]

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