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, […]

Simple Bread & Tomato Salad

Bread and tomato salad in a wood bowl

Think of this salad as a tomato sandwich in a bowl. Bread, tomatoes, and oil are the stars, and you can improvise from there.   How To Make a Simple Bread & Tomato Salad Plan for roughly one part toasted bread, one part tomatoes, any optional additions you want, and a vinaigrette. On this late summer […]

Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Jelly jar on a kitchen counter filled with a balsamic Vinaigrette

Vinaigrettes are often the last thing you whip up before sitting down to dinner, so I think it’s helpful to have a really simple one committed to memory. Depending on your preferences and what kind of salad you’re serving, there are endless ways to tinker with vinaigrettes, but this is my go-to version.  I’ve found […]

Easy Peanut Noodles

Bowl of rotini peanut noodles topped with chopped peanuts and parsley

My daughters grew up on this simple peanut noodle pasta and now it’s the first dish we think of when we’re planning a picnic. Just whip it up in the amount of time it takes to cook the pasta, throw it in an ice chest and go. It’s great warm or cold, has a very […]

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 […]

Roasted Chickpeas (a.k.a. garbanzo beans)

Roasted chickpeas spread across a what surface

Roasted chickpeas become chewy and a little crispy, and you can season them however you like, with your favorite herbs and spices. Try them in salads, pita sandwiches, pack them in lunches or serve them as appetizers.   Big Picture You’ll drain and dry the chickpeas really well, lay them out on a parchment-lined baking […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kohlrabi Bake

Casserole dish of kohlrabi bake

This is a yummy solution to the abundance of Kohlrabi in the winter and is also a great way to use up stale bread.    The Big Picture Kohlrabi is the star of this dish, but you can add potatoes, carrots, root vegetables, parsley, and any sturdy greens you have on hand. This recipe requires […]