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Cranberry Relish: A Fruity Accompaniment to a Meal

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 cranberry relish that I understood why this dish is traditional at all. I call this version...

Cold Oatmeal: Filling and Hearty All Year Round

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...

Butternut Squash Soup is a Warm Spicy Fall Favorite

Our favorite fall soup is based on Jamie Oliver’s roasted butternut squash from The Naked Chef. You can double the first part of the recipe below and use the squash as a side-dish for one meal, then use the leftovers to make the soup.

Schnitzel: Local Meats Make Smashing Meals

In mid-October of 2017 we visited Portsmouth, New Hampshire as part of our “Anniversaweek.” For our special dinner out, we booked a table at The Black Trumpet on the suggestion of a friend — and former resident of the city. She is also friends with the chef, and highly...

Moroccan Lamb with Rice – Savory Meat and Fruit

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 implement in...

Creamy Cassoulet: A hearty one-pot meal

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...

Southwest Soft Tacos with a Fusion of Flavors

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...

Fish Tacos that Are Distinctively Southwestern

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 Improv Recipe

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,...

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