Butternut squash is excellent paired with pasta, because it gets creamy and rich, and almost coats it like a sauce. Pan-frying all the ingredients at the end deepens the flavor and turns the pasta very slightly crispy and toothsome.
This hearty, healthy salad could be made with quinoa as a base if you’d prefer something gluten-free. A vinaigrette made with lemon juice and parsley is faintly Middle Eastern in flavor and goes wonderfully with the roasted squash, almonds, and creamy goat cheese.
Warm and comforting, this will surely become a new favorite (try it at Thanksgiving!).
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.
This is a hearty salad with an unexpected and satisfying combination of ingredients.
This thick, date-sweetened smoothie is an excellent way to enjoy fresh figs when they’re in season.
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!).
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.
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.
Light, fragrant, and full of the season's most flavorful vegetables, this lasagna will be loved by all!
This is a substantial meal as is, but the filling can easily be modified for more protein by adding ground beef or crumbled tofu.
This bright green sauce is creamy and tangy, and stirred into pasta is a delicious alternative to tomato sauce or pesto.
Topped with decadent dairy-free mayonnaise, these hearty broccoli burgers make a delicious meatless meal.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Potatoes make a great stand-in for pasta in this hearty "lasagna".
This is a fresh, easy, and very colorful salad that's sure to impress.
This hearty salad is easily doubled if you're feeding more than two.
This cornbread, topped with sliced heirloom tomatoes and sharp cheddar cheese, is decidedly out of the ordinary.
A perfectly light and fresh summer tomato sauce to serve over pasta.
Watermelon gazpacho is unexpected, and perfect for pulling out of the fridge when you’re craving something cool and refreshing.
Pure summer in a glass. This recipe is easily doubled.
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.
Adding fresh corn to the batter gives these zucchini fritters a special, summery twist.
Serve with an herby, lemony salad for a satisfying meal, or serve as a side dish alongside something grilled. Try using gluten-free pasta!
This jam could be served with roasted chicken or pork tenderloin, or spread on a grilled cheese sandwich.
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.
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.
This salad is just as good served cold or room temperature.
So many green vegetables would go well with lemon and ricotta, so mix it up with asparagus pieces, green beans, or baby spinach, adjusting the cooking time as needed.
Vegetarian version of this Southern classic!
This grain-free dish is a favorite in the Willy Street Co-op's Delis. If you prepare it with gluten-free Dijon mustard, the final dish will be gluten-free.
Spicy, sweet, and tart, this is a pickle-lover’s pickle. Add to salads or a cheese plate.
Here’s a delicious way to serve rhubarb if you’re not interested in pie. Served warm, it’s incredible served with crème fraîche, whipped cream, or ice cream.
During asparagus’s short season, serving it raw is a great way to enjoy it. Shaving the spears into thin ribbons and briefly marinating them in a quick vinaigrette turns the asparagus soft and almost creamy.
For a satisfying meal, serve these baked, whole onions with a big salad and some bread, or alongside a grilled steak.
This is a great recipe because it's so adaptable to whatever produce is in season. Perfect for picnics and potlucks, too!
These delicious pancakes turn out satisfyingly extra-crispy, thanks to a relatively dry batter, and pressing the pancakes flat in the pan.
Pan roasting the millet here brings out its nutty flavor. If fresh corn isn't in season yet, use frozen corn.
This is an easy tea cake to whip up, and turns out fragrant with citrus and sticky with marmalade.
This is a gorgeous, Thai-inspired pasta dish, rich and creamy with coconut milk, ginger, and garlic, and tinted deep green from spinach and mint.
Here's a simple salad dressed in a light and creamy dressing, full of fresh herbs.
Good springtime asparagus doesn't need a lot of preparation to become a stellar part of a meal.
Sautéeing beet greens in olive oil turns them meltingly tender, making them a delicious topping for crostini.
Toasting the hazelnuts instead of leaving them raw results in maximum hazelnut flavor, so don't leave this step out! This nut milk is mildly sweet, but you could add a teaspoon or more of your sweetener of choice, if it's not quite sweet enough for you.
Double the sugar and chocolate in this easy granola for a super decadent version.
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