Brussels Sprout Salad

When you come across perfectly fresh, bright green Brussels sprouts, shredding them paper thin for a salad is a wonderful treatment. Use a mandoline for very fine, feathery slices. Omit the cheese for an equally pleasing vegan dish.

Quinoa and Fig Salad

This is a hearty salad with an unexpected and satisfying combination of ingredients.

Fresh Fig and Mint Salad

This simple salad is worthy of a dinner party, but is so easy to make, it’s good for a casual weeknight dinner too.

Whole Grain Caramel Apple Hand Pies

These hand pies are a perfect use for the first local apples of the season. You’ll have extra caramel sauce left after making these: nice for spooning over ice cream (or eating out of the jar!).

Seared Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Broccoli

Sautéed spiced pork tenderloin with broccoli, apples, shallots, and bracing apple cider tastes just like fall. Served with a simple green salad and some good bread, it’s the perfect meal for a cool autumn evening.

Onion and Red Pepper Confit

The longer this confit cooks, the better it tastes. Serve over grilled fish, add to pasta sauce, use to fill an omelet, or spread on top of crostini.

Quinoa-Stuffed Eggplant

This is a substantial meal as is, but the filling can easily be modified for more protein by adding ground beef or crumbled tofu.


Broccoli and Feta Pasta Sauce

This bright green sauce is creamy and tangy, and stirred into pasta is a delicious alternative to tomato sauce or pesto.

Local Yokel Hashbrowns

Spicy and delicious side to a local omlette and if you have leftovers it reheats nicely to be a compliment to your sandwich for lunch.

Potato Soup

Potato soup is a childhood favorite of mine, and this is the first time I've put tangible measurements to this recipe, so above all else, make this in a way that tastes good to you. 

Cream of Mushroom and Mead Soup

This can be made ahead and reheated. I love that this recipe can be adapted for most any time of year, for just about any kind of mushrooms, herbs or roots available.

Green Tomato Honey Pie

A good friend of mine gave me a green tomato pie recipe a few years ago to deal with a season of tomato blight. I've adapted this surprising and tasty dessert to make it totally local.

Shrub-Marinated Beet Salad

I made this up during the spring beet season, and used shrub because I was hunting for vinegar in my cupboard, but didn't have any. It was a happy surprise!

Carrot Pesto Sammies

If you're like me, carrot sticks get borring pretty fast. Adding hummus and other dips only go so far. I love putting a twist to classic recipes by substituting in other ingredients. Give your tastebuds a new adventure! You won't be disapointed!

Garden Ratatouille

When the garden comes in this is the recipe to have on hand. It goes together quickly, and you can easily adjust the vegetables to make more if you have a bumper crop of tomatoes or peppers.

Moroccan Grilled Eggplant

I enjoy this recipe because it can be changed so many ways by adding different herbs and spices and also because it is just as delicious without adding meat.

Chicken with 40 Garlic Cloves

Thank goodness, you don’t actually need to peel the 40 cloves of garlic here. This easy chicken dish is moist and infused with flavor.

Heirloon Tomato Cornbread

This cornbread, topped with sliced heirloom tomatoes and sharp cheddar cheese, is decidedly out of the ordinary.

Fattoush Salad

This classic Lebanese salad packed with toasted pita, summer vegetables, and loads of herbs tends to be a hit with everyone, and is filling enough to serve as a meal.

Greek Lamb with Orzo

Fragrant, saucy lamb is ladled over orzo with loads of chopped parsley, then topped with generous amounts of feta and kalamata olives in this hearty, Greek (-inspired) meal. This crowd-worthy dish is easy enough to make (just two dirty pots!), but doesn’t taste that way.

Smoky Roasted Cherry Jam

This jam could be served with roasted chicken or pork tenderloin, or spread on a grilled cheese sandwich.

Simple Strawberry Compote

This two ingredient compote couldn’t be easier! Serve it on waffles, fresh toast, pancakes, oatmeal, or ice cream. When it’s cherry season, try using pitted cherries in place of up to half of the strawberries. And when fresh strawberries are no longer available, frozen would be a great substitute.

Strawberry Soba Noodle Salad

When the weather turns warm, cold noodle salads always hit the spot. The unusual addition of strawberries here adds a welcome sweet-tart contrast to the salty miso dressing. Serve alongside anything grilled.

Vibrant Spring Socca with Basil-Arugula Pesto

Socca is similar to a crepe, and is made with chickpea flour, which imparts a mild, nutty flavor. This recipe makes one giant socca, but it’s easy to make small ones instead if you’d prefer.