Leek and Spinach Frittata

This hearty egg dish is lovely when allowed to cool a bit before serving, with a dollop of thick Greek yogurt and some torn basil on top. The recipe calls for 10 egg whites plus a couple of yolks, but you can use 8 whole eggs instead with good results. Serve for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Pumpkin Grilled Cheese

These grilled cheese sandwiches are truly decadent, and well worth the time it takes to roast the pumpkin.

Plum Crumble

This crumble is made with not too much sugar, so the sweet-tart plums can take center stage. Serve for dessert on its own, or with some melty vanilla ice cream. It also doubles as a lovely breakfast.

Green Beans with Almond Pesto

Try using a combination of purple, yellow, and green beans for an even more colorful side dish, perfect alongside grilled burgers.

Green Beans with Almond Pesto

Try using a combination of purple, yellow, and green beans for an even more colorful side dish, perfect alongside grilled burgers.

Turkish-style Braised Green Beans

Braising in olive oil is the traditional way of cooking vegetables in Turkey. The long cooking time here intensifies the flavors and turns the green beans tender, and creates a delicious sauce that’s perfect for sopping up with fresh bread.


Mascarpone Cream

This super easy topping is excellent on anything from fruit pie to cobbler to pound cake. 

Roasted Corn with Cilantro and Queso Fresco

If you’re going with fresh corn, choose firm, tightly closed, freshly picked ears of corn, you don’t want any dried out kernels. Frozen is just fine if the super fresh stuff isn’t available.

Green Garlic Crostini

These crostini are topped with an easy, creamy spread that's loaded with spicy green garlic and tangy fromage blanc. 

Coconut Mango Icebox Cake

In this icebox cake, whipped cream is enhanced with cream cheese and cream of coconut, and layered with graham crackers and lots and lots of mango, then topped with toasted coconut flakes.

Duck Egg Cake with Rosemary

This cake is very very easy to make. If you don't want quite as much "ducky" flavor, substitute the duck fat with butter. If you don't like rosemary, omit it altogether, or use lemon verbena, sage, or winter savory instead. For a sweeter cake, increase the sugar to a full cup. Served with whipped cream and fresh fruit, this is a dessert that's sure to please.

Grilled Scallions with Romesco Sauce

This Spanish sauce is also delicious with oven-roasted potato wedges, fries or even grilled shrimp or as a condiment for chicken, lamb chops or meatballs. It makes a great alternative to pesto as well: stir it into soups and stews or toss with pasta. 

Parmesan Drop Biscuits

A simple meal of soup or a roasted chicken becomes a divine repast with the addition of these meltingly tender biscuits. Drop biscuits may not look as perfect as biscuits that are rolled and cut out, but they are just as good, and require less cleanup. 

Swiss Chard and Sweet Potato Gratin

If prepping the Swiss chard is too time-consuming, using 5 or 6 cups of frozen spinach would be a good shortcut - just be sure to squeeze out excess water!

Avocado Fries with Queso Dip

Talk about gilding the lily! Ripe avocados get sliced into wedges, battered, fried, then served with creamy cheese sauce. Note that you do need a fry thermometer for best results.

Meyer Lemon Poppyseed Morning Buns with Lemon-Blueberry Glaze

With layers of flakey dough, a filling of lemon-poppyseed-sugar with a hint of vanilla, and a bright purpley-pink glaze, these buns are well worth the effort of working with yeasted dough. This recipe is a much-speeded-up shortcut of the typical lamination process - it’s still somewhat complicated, but nowhere near as time-consuming as it usually is.

Scandinavian Coconut Cookies

Many of us find ourselves short on time during the holidays with places to go, things to do, people to see. If you find yourself needing to prepare a dessert that looks fancy but takes less than an hour to make, look no further than these easy coconut cookies.

Quinoa Skillet Bread

With quinoa and cornmeal, this quick bread is hearty and rustic, with crispy edges and a creamy, custard-y top, thanks to the addition of heavy cream right before baking. It's the perfect side dish to serve at a big meal during the holidays, or bring to a potluck or picnic.

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.

Apple Strudel

This is a relatively traditional strudel recipe, delicious as is, but it lends itself to improvisation. For best results, make the apple filling the day before.

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.

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!

Heirloon Tomato Cornbread

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