Mashed Turnips or Rutabagas

A bowl of mashed rutabagas with a potato mashed in the bowl nest to a stick of butter

If you’re not quite sure how you feel about turnips and rutabagas, try either of them steamed, mashed, slathered in butter, and topped with coarse salt and fresh pepper. If that doesn’t convince you to love these humble root veggies, here are three more reasons:   They’re a rugged and resourceful veggie. Both rutabagas and […]

Roasting Winter Veggies

Wedges of potatoes, carrots, and parsnips roasted on a baking sheet

The first winter I was a member of a CSA, I was overwhelmed by the number of root vegetables I received. I learned to make a few family favorites like Beet Salad and Kohlrabi Bake, but I worried I wouldn’t be able to use all the winter veggies I was getting, especially on busy weeknights. […]

Black-eyed Pea Soup (Cajun-inspired, Vegetarian)

Pot of black-eyed pea soup with a wooden spoon

I grew up eating black-eyed peas and cornbread on New Year’s day, but wishing for good luck and prosperity are not the only reasons to try this recipe. It’s simple, substantial, and flavorful. You can also make it with fresh or frozen vegetables. I made this batch with celeriac from the freezer, frozen bell peppers, […]

Fall Tossed Salad

Close shot of salad of mixed greens, mung bean sprouts, nuts, seeds, carrots

Hello, Fall Tossed Salad! When cucumbers and tomatoes are no longer in season, you might find yourself feeling a little less inspired to make tossed salads. To keep things interesting during the colder months, I highly recommend making homemade mung bean sprouts. The process is easy but does take forty-eight hours for the beans to […]

Stewed Italian Plums

A bowl of yogurt topped with stewed plums

When life gives you a bunch of overripe plums, stew them. That’s the advice my mother would give you, and I wholeheartedly agree. This quick and easy technique is a simple solution to less-than-perfect fruit and tastes like home in a bowl. Other fruit that stews well: nectarines, peaches, rhubarb, and apricots.    Spoon stewed […]

Roasted Delicata Squash

Delicata Squash is so sweet and delicious; you don’t need to do much to enjoy it. Just toss it in olive oil, roast it, and finish with a bit of flaky salt. These cheerful little half-moons can be eaten like french fries or added to pasta dishes or salads. Is the delicata squash skin edible? […]

Kale, Apple & Farro Salad

Wood salad bowl with salad forks, filled with small pieces of curly kale, apples, and farro

This salad is a celebration of textures, seasons, and flavors. I like to make it when apples are first in season, but then make some variation of it all winter long. You can load it up with whatever fresh and dried fruit you have on hand, and this tangy Fresh Lemon Vinaigrette will keep it […]

Beet & Citrus Salad

Bowl of chopped beets in a shiny dressing in a turquoise bowl

This is a very simple beet salad with a great combination of complex flavors. You can enjoy it at room temperature or refrigerate and serve it cold. In my experience, this salad is very popular, so it tends to go fast.   Big Picture You’ll steam the beets using a steam basket or in the […]

Curry Lentil Soup

A white bowl of a thick lentil soup next to a loaf of crusty bread.

This recipe is a great option when your vegetable supply is low. Have you heard the term “languishing” to describe our mental health during the pandemic? When I looked at the four homely sweet potatoes in my produce basket, “languishing” seemed like the right word to describe them. Definitely time to make soup! As with […]

Butternut Squash & Black Bean Tacos

Butternut Squash & Black Bean Tacos and fixings

I have to confess, when I was assembling this meal, I was tempted to run out and buy a lime and possibly some salsa and sour cream. Then I reminded myself that running out to the store to create an instagram-worthy meal is the opposite of what Vinegar Home is all about. Instead, it’s about […]