Winter Squash Bread, Gratin & Curry Roasted

September 26th, 2012 / Comments 1

Fall has arrived. The chlorophyll is fading and revealing the warm shades of yellow, orange and red and the cool evenings make a fire in the woodstove welcome. falling leaves Winter Squash Bread, Gratin & Curry RoastedAs tomato season ends, winter squash season begins.

Pumpkins, like all winter squash, grow in the summer and are harvested when the fruit and seeds have matured fully and the skin has hardened into a tough rind. Summer squash is in the market all winter and winter squash is available in the late summer, fall and winter. … read more

Bread & Butter Pickles

September 14th, 2012 / Comments 1

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Tomato Sandwiches by Don & Charles

When I was at Fable Farm picking up our CSA share, I got a basket full of cherry tomatoes that Charles and our friend Don used to make a plate full of amazing tomato sandwiches with just a smear of mayo and an artful sprinkling of fresh dill. The pile of zucchini there reminded me of the first time I made pickles with my cousin Sis and her mother, Aunt Ann, who we called Antenna. It was a hot, sticky day in late August and they invited me to the cool cellar to help.

There were baskets of pickling cucumbers, bunches of fresh dill, dill seeds, garlic, jugs of vinegar, boxes of mason jars, rubber rings and lids, enough supplies for a small factory. The cellar was primitive, with two large laundry sinks and two gas burners that were used exclusively for pickling or canning.

I was the cucumber-sorter, a perfect job for a hot day. I stood on an up-turned box, up to my elbows in cold water. Cucumbers floated in cold water in the deep sinks. … read more

Tomato Pie with Rye Crust

September 1st, 2012 / comments 2

I’m an impulsive cook, often inspired by the contents of my fridge and pantry.

Rye Tomato Pie with Rye Crust Being a shareholder in the Community Supported Agriculture offered by Fable Farm in Barnard has meant that there has been even more inspiration in my kitchen. This week’s share included cherry tomatoes, squash and onions – the perfect combination for a summer quiche.

Sometimes inspiration in the kitchen isn’t enough. There were only a couple of eggs in the fridge and I didn’t have any cream or Swiss cheese and I had used the last ready-to-bake piecrust for a plum tart earlier in the week. Rather than drive to the grocery store for the missing ingredients, I improvised and made a vegetable tart with what I had. Unfortunately, when I lifted the lid of the ceramic pot that I keep flour in, I saw that I had forgotten to buy flour. … read more

Whole Milk Ricotta from a Vermont Kitchen

August 7th, 2012 / comments 3

Wine c egbert Whole Milk Ricotta from a Vermont KitchenWine is often used to add flavor in cooking, but whining is not a good addition to any dish, EXCEPT when it results in a new and wonderful recipe. Here’s the story:

I was complaining to my son, Noah, that peach season had finally arrived and I couldn’t find fresh ricotta anywhere. “If I were in Sicily, I’d to walk to the market, and get as much as I wanted and, I’d have a cappuccino and maybe even a cannoli on the way.”

With absolutely no sympathy, he said, “Why don’t you make your own, instead of whining about it? It’s really easy. You only need whole milk and white vinegar and, if you make it in the microwave, clean-up is a breeze.”

I wasn’t convinced that any ricotta made in Vermont could compare with what I was missing but, decided to give it a try. Using Noah’s recipe, I made my first batch in less than five minutes and cleanup was a breeze. Here’s how I did it: … read more

Kohlrabi Fritters from a Vermont CSA

July 10th, 2012 / Comments 0

Our weekly CSA pick-up at Fable Farm is an opportunity to see friends and vegetables both old and new.

potluck sign Kohlrabi Fritters from a Vermont CSAWe look forward to sharing a pot luck meal with old friends like Shoshana and T and their daughters Tess and Devi, both discerning vegetarians, and new friends whose names I hope I’ll remember the next time I see them. … read more

Kumquat Syrup & Soda in my Vermont Kitchen

June 14th, 2012 / comments 2

I found bright orange kumquats at the market made and used them to make kumquat syrup to combine with to soda water to make  kumquat soda.

kumquat syrup c egbert Kumquat Syrup & Soda in my Vermont Kitchen … read more

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