September 26, 2014

Mercury Rising

Mud season is well behind us, the days are longer and the mercury is rising. I am often asked if there is anything to do in the area and I always respond……there is as little or as much as you want to do. From napping in a hammock, curling up with a book in a […]

September 26, 2014

Locally Foraged Mushrooms!

Fantastic. It has been a banner year for mushrooms! One of the pluses of cooking in Vermont is the natural variety of the seasons. First the Morels and now the boom of the Chanterelles and the Black Trumpets. The Hen of the Wood and the Chicken of the Wood will makes the scene soon. Menu […]

September 26, 2014

Dressing Down Salad Dressings

Why is it that we spend so much money on Salad Dressings that have such lackadaisical taste? Have you read the ingredient lists for these mass produced and mass marketed monsters? Mono-di-what? Hydrogenated who? M. S. Gee Whillikers, no thanks! Theres enough poison floating around in the air why would I put it in my […]

September 26, 2014

June’s the Best!

June is the best month of the year for me. There’s that special early-evening glow on my back deck about 6 pm when the hummingbirds are dining at my feeder and I’m settling in with my favorite summer cocktail. I just heard that Killington was open for 199 days this winter! WOW! But some of […]

September 26, 2014

State Parks To Explore

While the chefs spend most of their time working their magic in the kitchen, every once in a while they actually have some free time as well!! There are a number of Vermont State Parks within a 40 mile radius of Dorset, Vermont that provide free access for great fishing & hiking. Here are some […]

September 26, 2014

The Pressures and Pleasures of Planning a Wedding!

Tis the season in Vermont to be looking for a spot to hold your wedding or to be putting on the finishing touches. There are site visits, budgets, tastings, music, photography, flowers… A lot goes into make a very special day and it can seem overwhelming. Make a list of the aspects of a wedding […]

September 26, 2014

Spring in Vermont

Spring in Vermont (or “Mud Season”) can actually be a great time of year. Many are put off by the melting snow and resulting mud puddles, but you’d be surprised at how many engaging things there are to do once those temperatures start rising! Aside from Spring being the Maple Syrup Season (yes, please!) there’s […]

September 26, 2014

Basil & Goat Cheese Panna Cotta

makes about 24 bite-sized pieces 4 ounces goat cheese, at room temperature 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin 1 cup cream 1/2 cup whole-milk yogurt 1/4 cup finely-minced chives, plus extra to garnish Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 1 Bunch of Basil Leaves Chop or crumble the goat cheese finely into a bowl and set […]

September 26, 2014

Stalking the Wild Asparagus

“Stalking the Wild Asparagus” is a book written in 1962 by Euell Gibbons. As the title might suggest it is about foraging wild edibles. When I moved to Vermont from Denver Colorado back in 1998 I had no idea of nature’s grocery store that was located out my back door. Then one day I stumbled […]

September 26, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day Fun

Monday night, green-wearing, shamrock-rocking St. Patrick’s day celebrants joined us for our annual St. Patrick’s Day party. The first Feast of St. Patrick in the 1600s honored the patron saint of Ireland and the arrival of Christianity in the country. Since then, the holiday has morphed into a celebration of Irish culture world round with […]