Nut sensitivity

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. 

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.

Toad in a Hole on Mushrooms

Toad in a hole, also known as eggs in a basket, is a pretty simple recipe. The addition of mushrooms in the recipe adds a heartiness to the begining of the day, and you could even use a blend of local veggies, in addition to mushrooms. 

Egg Sandwiches

This is a super quick and easy breakfast on the go, and as a bonus, you get to include fresh and seasonal veggies in your early morning fare.

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.

Betty's Quiche

This is one of my favorite brunch recipes. It is easy to make, and while it bakes you can cut up a nice local fruit salad or get a load of laundry done. This recipe is dear to my heart as my mother-in-law used to make it. Now my husband continues the tradition of making this for a brunch potluck, or for the two of us leaving us with plenty of leftovers.

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.

Fennel and Black Olive Ciabatta Pizza

Using ciabatta bread for pizza crust makes getting dinner on the table fast and easy. This pizza is topped with a tasty and classic Italian combination of sweet cherry tomatoes, fennel, briney black olives and savory parmesan.

Pinto Bean, Kale, and Pasta Soup


This is just the kind of soup to make at the beginning of the week for lunches. It’s hearty enough to keep for several days, and is so delicious you won’t tire of it.

Twice-Baked Potatoes with Kale

Stuffed with a bunch of lacinato kale, these potatoes are tasty and seem indulgent, but have enough green to be wholesome. Serves 3 as a hearty main, or 6 as a side.

Sautéed Chicken with Meyer Lemon

This recipe uses heat and sugar to quickly pickle thinly sliced Meyer lemon. The sweet, sour, and lightly bitter pickled lemon adds tons of flavor to this fast chicken dinner.

Swedish Rye Cookies

These not-too-sweet, shortbread-style cookies are a great basic cookie to have in your back pocket. Barley or oat flour instead of the rye flour could be interesting here, or if you want something more neutral, regular all-purpose would work too!

Potato Leek Au Gratin

Scented with leek and garlic and enriched with cream and Gruyère, this gratin is baked in a low oven, which leaves a crispy crust and buttery potatoes. A mandoline will make quick work of the potatoes!

Fennel, Celery, and Pomegranate Salad

This palate-cleansing salad balances out rich winter meals. The recipe calls for the vegetables to be thinly sliced, and a mandoline would come in handy here.