Confetti Coleslaw

Cabbage has won a firm place in my affections in recent years. It may be humble but it has hidden depths. Try roasting it and you'll see what I mean - it brings out an amazing, mellow sweetness and a depth of flavor that is as surprising as it is delicious ....more

Gingery Miso Peanut Sauce - Make a LOT!

I like to make a big batch of this nutty, sweet, gingery sauce to use in lots of ways throughout the week - as the dressing for a rice bowl, as a sauce for baked tofu, as a dip for carrot and cucumber sticks, a marinade for grilled chicken, and more.It does require a little slicing and dicing and the use of a food processor but it's really pretty easy, especially if you are in the habit of washing your Cuisinart in the dishwasher.I use garlic - not too much since I don't enjoy the feeling of being a firebreathing dragon after eating a garlic-laced meal. And plenty of ginger - peel it and dice it unless your food processor is magical and can somehow transform something so tough and fibrous into smooth and creamy without some initial assistance. A bunch of miso paste ....more

Carbonated Maple Sap - Fizzy, Cold & Slightly Sweet

The thaw has finally arrived and not a moment too soon. We're getting down to the dregs of our woodpile and I am heartily sick of trying to entertain my kids indoors and of the overlapping symphony of colds, flus and stomach bugs we've been treated to this winter. With the thaw comes maple sugaring season and this simply delightful seasonal beverage ....more

Nutty Forbidden Rice, Roasted Beet & Kale Salad

This is a gem of a salad. I have to thank my friend Margaret Mary for bringing it to a Superbowl Party last month. Although it did not necessarily fit into the theme of deep fried appetizers, it blew me away with its wonderful flavors, nutty heartiness and beautiful colors ....more

Fantastic Falafel from Scratch for Meatless Monday

For some reason, I've had failure after failure with boxed falafel mixes. I follow the instructions to the letter but when it comes time to fry or bake the falafel falls apart and I'm left with a crumbly, oily mess that no one can eat. It's mysterious ....more

Maple Tours, Tastings & Fun - The Sweetest Season

The mercury finally made it past freezing today! Granted, the roads are a mess and will be a mess again tomorrow but what's one more two-hour delay among friends, right? I've given up on getting anything done until Winter finally calls it quits ....more

Raita - Indian Cucumber Yogurt Sauce with Herbs

Like it's Greek cousin,...more

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

It is officially Cold out. To be precise, it was -10° when I started writing this at 7:28 AM and the high today was 11°. Balmy.It's also day 3 of winter break ....more

Potato Rösti

In honor of Aunt Maggie, I've got another potato dish for you to savor. A perfectly browned, buttery potato pancake of epic proportions made with sweet, waxy Yukon Golds - my favorite variety of 'tater.Rösti is a traditional Swiss breakfast food although I usually make it for either brunch or dinner. It's very, very simple and very, very good ....more

What To Say When Someone Dies

I just snuck downstairs in the halflight to try to steal a little time before the boys wake up. It's snowing out there and I don't need to look at my emails or listen to the radio to know that school is closed today. Again.I'm sitting on the floor in front of the woodstove I just fed, listening to the wood catch and pop and the metal creak as it heats up while I try to type with a very affectionate, won't-take-no-for-an-answer cat in my lap.I spent a lot of time yesterday thinking about my aunt Maggie after reading the lovely things people have been writing about her ....more