Couscous and Carrot Tops Salad

Bowl of cooked couscous with colorful veggies and greens

Every time freshly harvested carrots with their beautiful, green tops still attached are included in my CSA share, I’m inspired to find a creative use for them. When they’re crisp and crunchy, I toss them into salads, and if they’re looking a little “tired,” I cook with them. This crunchy, carrot top-inspired salad has toasty, […]

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 […]

Mock Tuna with Dandelion Greens

A plate of mock tuna salad on seedy toast

One fateful day, I tossed dandelion greens into mock tuna and served it on large-seeded crispbread, and since then, this combination has been in my repertoire. Dandelion greens have a bitter taste so they’re not for everyone, but if you’ve never tried them, I highly recommend them — not just for their taste but for […]

Quick-Pickled Red Onions

Overhead shot of a canning jar with pickled red onions with whole spices visible on top

Quick-pickling or “quickling” is a fast, simple way to pickle vegetables. You can whip these onions up at the beginning of cooking dinner and enjoy them with your meal. They are great on Mexican food, but really can go on anything that would benefit from a zesty tang. Try them on tacos, sandwiches, burgers, eggs, […]

Sauteed Collard Greens

Sautee pan with leafy green vegetables and chopped nuts with a wooden spoon

Collard greens just may be my favorite vegetable (so hard to choose!), so they’re top on my list to buy during the few months of the year when I don’t get a CSA share. I do get beautiful collard greens in my farm shares, but not as often as I crave them.    Big Picture […]

Cabbage & Root Veggie Slaw

Photo of completed coleslaw in a glass bowl

I first made this coleslaw to accompany Butternut Squash and Black Bean Tacos and it just may be my new favorite. It’s a hybrid of the creamy, slightly sweet slaw I grew up on and the lighter, olive oil-based versions that I have gravitated to as an adult. This recipe is the best of both […]

Red Lentil Soup

I keep my pantry well-stocked with dried beans of all kinds. To me, they are the epitome of a resourceful food (next to vinegar of course!). Garbanzo and black beans are my mainstay, but having a variety of beans on hand keeps things interesting. Red lentils don’t need soaking and cook up fast. They get […]

Gingery Carrot & Cabbage Salad

A bowl of gingery carrot and cabbage salad

The Big Picture This is a classic shredded carrot salad with some twists. If you have a food processor, this is a great time to pull it out, but you can also just use a box grater. As always, feel free to get creative and throw in other veggies that you have or change the […]

Sweet & Zesty Winter Kale Salad

I love a sweet kale salad with craisins, oranges and a fresh lemon dressing, but sometimes the ingredients I have on hand are apples, vinegar and radishes. In this winter kale salad variation I added some beautiful purple mu radish (a.k.a. purple daikon) which has a bit of the peppery zest of radishes, but is […]

Simple Quick-Pickled Beets

A small white bowl containing slices of pickled beets on a plate with a quesadilla

This is a mild, slightly sweet quick-pickle and works well as a side dish or you can toss them into salads or sandwiches. Pictured above they are served with kale, cheese and black bean quesadillas.  Big Picture Many quick-pickle recipes do not require cooking first, but this one does. You’ll boil the beets and mix […]