Pungent Salad

Sometimes what you need is a simple, crunchy, chewy salad with enough pungent flavor to add meaning to the day. Prep time:  10 minutes Serves 4 INGREDIENTS1 bunch arugula, coarsely chopped1 bunch parsley, coarsely chopped1 bunch scallions, white and light green parts thinly sliced 3 tablespoons sliced toasted almondsone apple, Continue Reading

Cherry Tomato Carbonara

Is “exotic comfort food” an oxymoron? Prep time:  10 minutesCook time:  20-25 minutesServes:   6 at least INGREDIENTS1 lb whole grain pasta (your favorite shape)1/2 lb ground beef1 small onion, finely chopped1 clove garlic, crushed1 large egg, whisked 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved1 cup fresh basil, chopped3 TB shredded Parmesan Continue Reading

Matching Wine and Vegetables

                                        Photo by Tod Dimmick Delicate flavors and acids in fresh farm produce make wine matching a challenge.  Vegetables bring natural grassy, green, vegetal, earthy, mineral, floral, flavors.  Cooking adds smoky, baked notes.  But note that these “vegetable” flavors are also used to describe wines!     Vegetable dishes also have Continue Reading

Herbed Potato Pancakes

These savory, rustic pancakes could serve equally well as breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Prep time:  10 minutesCook time:  25 minutesYield:  10-12 pancakes INGREDIENTS2 cups shredded organic potatoes with peels1 spring onion, about 2″ in diameter, with 2-3″ of greens (or one regular onion)2 eggs1/4 to 1/3 cup whole wheat flour1/2 Continue Reading

Off The Beeten Path

This just in from The Trustees of Reservations summer issue of Special Places!  Click on the graphic for the story, or the titles below for the recipes. Grilled Kohlrabi Jalapeño Beet Greens Pasta with Fava Beans, Chard, and Parsley Broccoli and Garlic Scape Slaw

Soba Noodle Stir-Fry

I’ve made this with a huge array of veggies; it’s a great way to use whatever is in the box this week!   Sometimes, we make it with chicken, sometimes not.  I’ve also served it over a bed of lettuce; the sauce from the stir fry acts like a salad dressing Continue Reading

Quinoa Potato Salad

This riff on a potato salad made a wonderful summer meal.  Made without mayonnaise, it would easily transport to a potluck and is delicious warm, at room temperature, and cold.  It improves with a few days in the fridge as the vinaigrette soaks into the potatoes, making it ideal for Continue Reading

Crispy Purple Potatoes with Fresh Oregano + Crumbled Egg

Ingredients:6-8 small purple potatoes, thinly sliced [measures out to about 4 cups]2 shallots, thinly sliced1 farm fresh hard boiled egg, chopped2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil [or other preferred vegetable oil]2 tablespoons red wine vinegarfresh oregano, about 1 tablespoon choppedpinch of crushed red pepper flakes, optionalsea saltcourse ground pepper Scrub your Continue Reading

Beet, Carrot, and Apple Slaw

A delicious, light taste of warmer weather with seasonal fruits and vegetables.  Serve it plain or over greens. Ingredients: 1 golden or chiogga beet (red beets will die the whole slaw red); peeled and julienned1 large carrot, peeled and julienned1/2 apple (such as gala), juliennedjuice of 1 lemon2 Tbsp white Continue Reading