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Black bean salad: a southwest staple for potluck perfection

It’s July here in Vermont, and that means it’s BBQ and potluck season. With so many pasta and potato salads out there, I like to mix it up and bring something less traditional to these events. One of my go-to recipes has been this southwest-inspired black bean salad. It’s...

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.

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,...

Easy Vegetarian Cottage Pie for a Hearty Dish

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...

Savory Vegetarian Pie

This savory vegetarian pie gets its heartiness from the mushrooms and its richness from the red wine and butter. It is guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest carnivores. Serve with a full-bodied red wine or your favorite stout. Serves 8 Ingredients: 7 medium-sized red potatoes 1 whole package Gimme...

Vegetarian Southwest Stuffed Peppers are a Meal in Themselves

This is a fairly standard vegetarian 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...

Pesto Pasta with Peas. Bet You Can’t Say it Five Times Fast

Pesto Pasta with Peas. That’s a Mouthful. 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...

Veggie Sausage and Swiss Chard Soup is Meat-Free and Hearty

This recipe is adapted from one found in the Willams-Sonoma catalog. The quality of the soup depends a great deal on the quality of the faux sausage used. Of course, carnivores are welcome to use andouille sausage if they prefer. This soup is a great winter warmer, and can...

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