Homemade Vegetarian Baked Beans

A glass baking dish of vegetarian baked beans

Next time you have dried beans in the cupboard and an empty produce drawer, give this recipe a try. I made this batch with a bag of beautiful locally-grown cranberry beans that I had received in my CSA share. Baked beans are typically made with small white beans, such as navy beans, but as always, […]

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, […]

Two Ways to Roast Butternut Squash

Cubes of butternut squash on a silver backing sheet

There are two common ways to roast butternut squash—peeled and cut in cubes or wedges or simply halved and roasted with the skins on. Peeling squash takes a bit more work, but the roasting time is shorter (20-25 minutes) and you have a lot of serving options. Try peeled and roasted butternut squash as a […]

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 […]

Mung Bean Sprouts

Canning jar full of sprouted mung beans in a refrigerator

I learned about mung bean sprouts from an old friend who became a natural-food enthusiast in the early seventies. Every time I visited her home, I noticed a jar of sprouts in her dish drainer—so I asked her about them. She explained her simple process, and I’m forever grateful to her. I make them frequently, […]

Quick Pickles 101

Three open canning jars filled with sliced vegetables

Quick pickles (or “Quickles”) take very little time to make and will last in the refrigerator for up to two months. Add them to crudeté platters and use them to garnish any sandwich or savory dish that would benefit from a bit of crunch, salt, and acid. I frequently make small batches for tacos, falafel, […]

Basic Black Beans

Ziploc baggie full of uncooked black beans

Yellow or orange bell peppers are particularly nice in this dish. When they are abundant in the summer, I highly recommend freezing as many as you can so you have them on hand as long as possible (see post link below for how to freeze bell peppers). Fresh-frozen celeriac is another way to get a […]

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 […]