Category Archives: veggies

Roasted tomato and farro gratin

A few weeks ago, on a whim (and because Deb Perelman never steers me wrong), I tried Smitten Kitchen’s Slow-Roasted Tomatoes. They’re drier than the oven-roasted tomatoes I’d made before, but more moist than sun-dried tomatoes. The flavor is sweet, … Continue reading

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Sharp cheddar and summer vegetable tart

When considering what to make for dinner these days, I’m building meals around vegetables. My peppers, chiles, and tomatoes are all producing madly. I do want to roast some of the tomatoes to stash in the freezer, but for now … Continue reading

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Broccoli with lemon and feta

Great produce, straight from the garden, is wonderful. Here in Wisconsin, where the growing season is so brief, gorgeous, straight-from-the-earth produce is  a gift. I’m lucky enough to work with Brigid Ferkett, one half of the team that runs organic … Continue reading

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Zucchini, bell pepper and wheat berry pilaf

I need to apologize for my absence. Our one and only child graduated from high school last week. We’ve spent the last few weeks attending awards ceremonies and graduation parties, and planning our own celebration. Here is our wonderful Luke … Continue reading

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Crunchy carrot salad for the 21st century

As I’ve said before, we adore carrots in all their myriad forms here at Rivertree Kitchen. I’ve cooked them with honey and chiles, tossed them in with a roasting chicken, shredded them into Thai peanut noodles, even baked them in … Continue reading

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Pasta with kale and walnuts: lunch in 20 minutes

Sandwiches are perfectly fine. I have nothing against them, and do partake now and then. But give me a nice bowl of soup or pasta for lunch any day. After a few days of less-than-healthy eating (fast food, way too … Continue reading

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Garlicky zucchini noodles

I had a honkin’ big zucchini from a friend’s garden. Actually, that’s what led me to search for a new recipe, that baseball bat of a squash lording over the tiny cherry tomatoes on my kitchen counter, issuing a challenge. … Continue reading

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Fresh pea and spinach salad

Our brief, glorious growing season is underway here in Wisconsin. Spring onions, lettuces, ruby-red strawberries, and peas are all available at farmers’ markets. Frozen peas are a kitchen staple for most of us, and for good reason. They hold up … Continue reading

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Roasted red pepper soup, for Laurie

Our friend Laurie is at home recuperating from a tonsillectomy, OD’ing on popsicles and Jell-O. Solid food is distant on the horizon. Feel better soon, Laurie! I thought something savory might be a welcome break, but it needed to be … Continue reading

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Zucchini with pepitas: Too much is just enough

When is a vegetable cooked properly? Should it retain some crunch, or  be cooked to melting tenderness? Tom and I are often at odds on this subject. We both prefer our carrots to be steamed (or roasted, or braised) nearly … Continue reading

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