Cold Oatmeal

Ah, winter. Time for hearty, sustaining foods that get us through long dark days. Ironically, it’s the time that I turn to one of my favorite breakfasts, cold oatmeal. I’ve never been a fan of hot cereal – something about the warm, gluey texture just puts me off. But...

Southwest Soft Tacos

Have I mentioned that Mother has been spoiling us with homemade dinner? Ever since Rick broke his foot earlier this year, and now that we’ve also been starting a new business, making dinner once a week has been Nancy’s way of helping out – and it really is a huge...

Creamy Cassoulet

Until a year ago I couldn’t tell you the difference between a Chevrolet and a cassoulet, but after my last two visits to Trealy Farm in Wales I am all about the cassoulet. If you didn’t guess a cassoulet is very closely related to what Americans call casseroles, at...

Coconut Creme & Raspberry Cake

It’s March in Vermont, and as much as I’ve been trying to deny it I’m in the mood for warmer weather. I’ve also been dreaming of the amazing coconut raspberry cake I had last summer while on vacation (in Edinburgh) at The Kitchin, a Michelin-star-rated restaurant that served the...

Fish Tacos

Fish tacos just aren’t something we can find in Vermont, so I developed my own take on these. The cooking method is adapted from the Cook’s Illustrated Crunchy Oven-Fried Fish but the spice profile is decidedly more south-western. This is a great dish for two people to make together,...

Eggplant Casserole

While trying to figure out how to use up some vegetables from our weekly CSA basket, we improvised the following, which was inspired by a time-tested eggplant Parmesan recipe and a cheese-less savory tart that mom makes. Ingredients 1 large eggplant 1 bell pepper, diced 1 medium red onion,...

Moroccan Lamb with Rice

This dish is adapted from several different lamb-with-dried-fruits recipes I’ve found on Food Network. Most of the dishes I came across had a ton of ingredients and so many individual steps that it looked like one would spend an entire day preparing it and dirtying up every food prep...

Vegan Chocolate Cake

Adapted from the Moosewood Restaurant Equipment 9-inch round cake pan Sauce pan and stainless steel bowl OR microwave-safe dish Cake 1 ½ cups unbleached white flour ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt 1 cup sugar ½ cup organic canola oil 1 cup brewed...

Slow-Cooked BBQ Beans

I was inspired to make my own barbecue beans after receiving a gift of Saint Louis BBQ sauce from a former coworker. You can make these vegetarian or carnivorous. It is important to wait until the beans are completely cooked before adding the BBQ sauce, as the acid in...

Easy Vegetarian Cottage Pie

This is a quick and easy dish that captures the essence of the meat-based original. In our home it is often made on the weekend for a few days of quick suppers or portable lunches. INGREDIENTS 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1 Large yellow onion (diced) 2 Medium carrots (sliced...

Cranberry & White Chocolate Holiday Bread

For years I’ve baked cookies for friends and neighbors for the winter holiday season. I enjoy it, but wanted to try something new this year, and decided to go with breads. This recipe is adapted from “Bread Machine Breads” for regular oven baking, and a little richer than the...

Cranberry Relish

My grandfather loved his cranberry jelly in a can; for me that stuff was the one part of Thanksgiving Dinner that was never touched. It wasn’t until I learned to make my own that I understood why this dish is traditional at all. I call this version of “cranberry...

Black Forest Stollen

For some time now I’ve been searching for a Stollen recipe that is authentically German and not overly sweet like the versions I’ve found in American cookbooks. As luck would have it, one of my coworkers is the son of a German baker. With a little pleading I was...

Hearty Vegetarian “Shepherd’s” Pie

This shepherd’s pie gets its heartiness from the mushrooms and its richness from the red wine and butter. Use the vegetable broth version to make it creamier. It is full-bodied comfort food, and guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest carnivores. Serve with a full-bodied red wine or your favorite...

Hearty Lamb Cobbler

Having picked up some lamb from Tamarack Tunis on New Year’s Day, I was charged with making a “lamb dish” by the week-end. Waking to snow on Saturday morning, I knew I wanted to make something warm and filling. Something to remind me of those chilly days on our...

English Trifle

When not traveling for the holidays, we like to host a traditional Boxing Day dinner party at our house. Of course, this being a British tradition, it requires such delights as pudding, brandy, and the pulling of Christmas Crackers. And after having the best and most decadent Christmas dinner...

Holiday Stuffing

I used to use store-bought stuffing mix to make my holiday stuffing, and to be frank, it wasn’t bad at all. But after years of something that felt a bit like cheating, I decided to make my own stuffing this year from scratch. The results were amazing and now...

Lamb Stew

Ingredients: 2 lbs lamb* shoulder, cut into 1″ cubes 4-5 large potatoes, blemishes removed but not all the skin, cut into 1″ cubes 2 large onions, cut into bite-sized chunks 24 ounces organic beef broth 12 oz. dark beer (Guinness, as always, is preferable) 8 ounces water (approximately) 1...

Southwestern Stuffed Peppers

This is a fairly standard stuffed pepper recipe, but I wanted to write it down with the proportions I used, since I just made this off the top of my head. This goes well with fresh guacamole and a little salad on the side. Serves 2-4. Ingredients: 2 Poblano...

Pesto Pasta with Peas

This alliterative recipe is a quick, easy summertime favorite. Serves 4 as a main dish or 8 as a side dish. Ingredients: 1 lb dried pasta, any shape 2 cups fresh English peas, shelled and blanched 1/3 cup fresh basil pesto (adjust to taste) 1 small in-season tomato or...