Lila’s Fresh Cucumber Pickles

Growing up during the Great Depression my grandmother, Lila, was raised on thrifty, economical cooking.  The recipe below is one of those thrifty recipes that has survived being passed down through the decades due to its subtle, fresh flavors and easy preparation. This is not a recipe for traditional pickles, but a recipe for a…

Cucumber Tzatziki

My garden cucumbers are ready to be harvested.  A good thing, since I am hoping that most of them will outgrow the blight that is starting to spread onto some of the older leaves.  With Vermont’s short growing season I can usually get away with this.  The blight rarely has the opportunity to encompass the…

Grilled Potatoes with Chard

This au gratin inspired dish is arranged into a potato rosette, sitting on a bed of sautéed chard and mushrooms, and sprinkled with a sharp cheddar cheese.  It falls short of being an au gratin since the top of the dish will not brown on the grill, but its rich cheese and potato flavors mimic…

Shaved Asparagus with Caraway

A light asparagus salad dressed in a lime vinaigrette and studded with caraway seeds and shaved asiago.  The caraway seeds imparts an interesting twist to the brightness of the lime and the strong flavor of the asparagus. Ingredients: 1 lb shaved and blanched Asparagus the juice from 1 Lime 2 tbsp Olive Oil 1/2 tsp…

Grilled Beets with Tahini

Grilled Beets (because it’s too warm out to roast them in the oven and boiling them is a pain) + Tahini (to add a level of richness that contrasts with the sweetness of the beets) = a hearty summer dish! Ingredients: 4 Beets – peeled and sliced into round of about 1/4″ thickness 1 tbsp…

Potato Salad with Pickled Red Onions

It is the time of year when BBQ prevails, and most meals revolve around whatever meat gets thrown on the grill and a selection of the expected cold sides.  While I do like a mayonnaise based potato salad, by the time July comes around I have usually had my fill.  There is also something about…