Green Beans and Arame

Arame is an excellent source of protein and vitamins A & B. It also possesses significant amounts of iodine, calcium and iron. Plus, it's super yummy!

Raw Zucchini Crudo Salad

Another recipe from the ever tantalizing and gorgeously photographed With the legendary (or notorious) bounty of zucchini we get in WI every year, it’s always nice to find new ways to enjoy! Minus the lemon juice, this recipe can be made 100% locally.

“Feel free to change up and play around with your choice of cheese and herbs. Dollops of fresh ricotta with chervil and dill would be brilliant together. I picked the herbs below since they’re growing like mad in our garden right now. Plus, when fresh feta comes knocking at our door, mint is never too far behind.”

Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Tomatillos are a wonderful but perhaps underutilized WI fruit that is available in great abundance this time of year. Experiment with making your own salsa and have fun with Eating Locally!

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon-Fried Green Onions

I’m such a sucker for Brussels sprouts- they are exciting to carry home on the stalk from market, fun to cook, and look like adorable mini cabbages. Here’s another fabulous Brussels sprouts recipe to rock during the Eat Local Challenge!

Farmers’ Stew

Another favorite from cooking goddess Deborah Madison that fits perfectly with the Eat Local Challenge. Her description reads, “It’s such an easy pleasure to make this dish, I always imagine it would be ideal for tired farmers at the end of the day- or tired anyone. While the onions sizzle in olive oil, you’re cutting eggplant and squash into big bold pieces. Into the pan they go, a thigh-fitting lid goes on top, down goes the heat, and the vegetables stew briefly in their own juices until tender. You can be completely relaxed and improvisational with this stew, for it really reflects the generous spirit of the market with all its choice and variety. Any kind of squash, onion, or eggplant will be fine, in any proportion. I find that some of the skinnier eggplants are interesting here: Yellow squash definitely enlivens the appearance; pattypans can be cut into thick wedges; zucchini into 2-inch logs, than halved or quartered, etc.”

Shell Beans and Summer Vegetables Stewed in Their Own Juices

“This humble braise more or less cooks itself. The vegetables are cut into large pieces (quick to prepare) and are meltingly tender when finished. Some might say they’re overcooked, and they are soft, but this only brings out their flavors. Once, when I added some pesto at the end, the familiar flavors told me that I had made a soupe au pisou, only a heartier version.” - Deborah Madison

Roasted Summer Tomatoes

Served with crusty bread, as an accompaniment to the perfect baked/grilled meat or tofu, or as its own main course, you and yours will be astounded at how delicious this beautiful meal tastes!

Fennel Kohlrabi Slaw

Locavores: fennel and kohlrabi are not only available locally in Wisconsin summers, but they combine to make a delicious and colorful (kohl?) slaw. kohlrabi look prettiest in this recipe since they stand out so boldly against the pale fennel bulb, but the color contrast isn't necessary for you to enjoy this lovely side dish.

Beets in Dill Sauce

These sweet and sour beets are delicious hot or cold. Serve them as a side dish or add them to a green salad.

Arugula Pesto

Arugula pesto is a fun and slightly spicy alternative to basil pesto. Another great way to enjoy this delightful green.

Spaghetti with Ramps

Ramps are a delicious wild plant that lends a complex onion-like flavor to dishes. It's native to WI and only available at the beginning of spring. Enjoy this delicious tidbit of nature while you can!

Roasted Kale

Another great way to get nutrient packed kale into your diet!

Phytopia (Kale Pesto)

A lovely alternative to basil pesto, this kale pesto is great on sandwiches, pasta and anywhere else pesto is a plus.

Green Veggie Sauce

This sauce can be eaten as a cold or hot soup, or as a sauce over whole-wheat noodles or brown rice!

Sweet Pickled Carrots

Mmmm... these perfectly spiced sweet pickled carrots are a perfect with salads, on sandwiches, or as a snack!

Lentils with Butternut Squash and Walnuts

Memorable. There is something quietly delicate about this side. This is comfort food that isn't too heavy or difficult to digest, just pleasant and warm on a chilly evening.

Roasted Parsnips and Butternut Squash

A dish you will remember fondly. Bright in their oranges, whites, greens and blacks, these roasted autumn vegetables with parsley and kalamata olives contrast sweet with salty. The olives make this savory side something special.

Steamed Acorn Squash with Lime and Scallion

Almost effortless to prepare, but gratifying. Lime and scallions make unlikely companions for squash, but it works. Lime juice tempers the sweetness of the squash, while scallions lend a savory touch. A nice diversion from more traditional squash recipes.

Delicata Squash with Rosemary, Sage, and Cider Glaze

Exceptional. This fragrant fall dish is a lovely embellishment to any meal, but is satisfying enough to be the main attraction. Savory-sweet crescent moons of delicata squash become intoxicatingly aromatic when sauteed in brown butter and fresh herbs. Particularly lovely when paired with wild rice.

Spicy Celeriac Bake

Tender baked celeriac characterized by a creamy, Indian inspired, spiced sauce. An entree or side that accentuates a salad of mixed greens tossed in a light vinaigrette. Easily altered according to whatever spices suit your fancy. Garam masala for Indian one night, smoked chili peppers and cumin for Southwestern another night. Tasty.

Celeriac Thins

Simple, yet captivating. Thin strips of crisp-fried celeriac are delightful on their own, as featured in this recipe. You might also think about coupling these celeriac thins with slender slices of fried potato, fresh fennel, and onion. Serve in an artful arrangement on a colorful plate for an appealing appetizer. Alternatively, celeriac thins make a great gluten-free and flavorful crouton substitute atop your favorite salad. Inviting, no matter how they're served.

Avocado Mint Salad

This distinctive salad is just the thing to get you out of a dinner rut. Tender bibb lettuce, torn and topped with avocado, ribbons of mint, and a fresh grapefruit juice dressing pleasantly startle and awaken taste buds. Especially delightful in the months of November through February, when Texas Rio Star grapefruit are in season.

Rob Summerbell's Killer Guacamole

A gratifying guacamole with a lot of bang for your buck in the flavor department! Heavy on the garlic and onion, this divine dip will boost your morale as well as your immune system! One bite and you will certainly return for more. And maybe just a little more...

Jicama & Avocado Salad

This salad combines the wonderful flavors of jicama and avocado with refreshing citrus. However, contrasting textures make this recipe really sing. Crisp and refreshing, this salad is a great light dinner on its own, but is also perfect paired with jerked pork (or tofu) for a tropical evening at home. Mango margaritas, anyone?


Guacamole is certainly one of the most beloved of appetizers. This interpretation of the timeless classic uses tomatillos, which makes it a bit unique. Guaranteed to please whatever crowd you're serving!

Not-Quite-Kimchi Bright Eye

This is a classic combination of vegetables used for kimchi, the fermented side dish of Korea. Unlike traditional kimmchi, however, this dish is unfermented, which serves the needs of those wanting immediate gratification for a zippy accompaniment to any meal, particularly one served with rice or rice noodles.

Honey Baked Red Onions

This stunning side dish is a show-stealer. Brilliantly golden concentric rings of onion add sparkle to any plate. Baking the onions sweetens and softens them nicely, as does the addition of honey. A recipe to try at least once.