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, […]

Homemade Veggie Scrap Broth

Three mason jars of brown broth

In Top 5 Things to Keep in the Freezer, I introduced the idea of keeping a veggie scrap bag in your freezer, which is how you make my sixth top frozen staple item—homemade veggie broth.  If you have a compost program in your community or a backyard compost, most of your food scraps probably end […]

Fresh Lemon Vinaigrette

Lemon juicer, two juiced lemons, a garlic clove, and a jar of lemon juice on a white background

My favorite use for this lemon vinaigrette is this hearty kale salad loaded with apples, walnuts, and raisins. It’s also tasty drizzled on Mediterranean-inspired salads with feta and olives. Store this dressing in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to a week.  Ingredients (yields 1½ cups)  ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil 5-6 […]

Pico De Gallo

Quesadillo on a wood tray with small bowls of guacamole, pico de gallo, and two glasses of ice water with blueberries

If you have fresh ripe tomatoes, cilantro, lime, and a jalapeno, on hand, it’s definitely time to make pico de gallo. Even if you don’t have all of those ingredients, consider improvising. I like to think of pico season as an invitation to eat diced tomatoes on anything and everything. We particularly love it on […]

Ratatouille

Ratatouille in a black pot

Ratatouille is a French stew that makes the most of everything you might have in abundance at the end of summer: eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini and fresh herbs. Serve it over rice or pair with crusty bread. Not only is summer stew colorful, it’s delicious! Big Picture Let the vegetables you have on hand inform the […]

Summer Succotash with Swiss Chard

Bowl of succotash

Succotash always comes to mind when zucchini and tomatoes are in abundance and I have leftover sweet corn. I recommend cooking fresh sweet corn the same day you get it and making a couple of extra ears while you’re at it—that way you can plan to make succotash the next day. I like to add […]

Garlic Scape & Kale Pesto

Overhead shot of a food processor with partially blended sauce and leafy greens.

Garlic scapes are the stocks that grow from bulbs of hardnecked garlic plants. They could easily be overlooked, but I love that some resourceful cook figured out that they make delicious pesto.    This recipe is cheese-free and, though I’m not a vegan, I like to make it this way because I can serve it […]

Garlic

garlic bulb

Garlic Veggie Type: Root Season: Summer Peak months: June-July Uses: It’s a good idea to always have garlic on hand as it makes any savory dish better. It’s easy to burn, though, so be mindful of how you add it and when. If you have more garlic than you know what to do with, make […]