The Slow Sweet Season

I can say with absolute certainty that I've never appreciated springtime more than this moment. In this blog I've written about snow melting and ice thawing, and the world coming back to life. But I found out the hard way that in Vermont, spring is slow and sweet. There's a lot of mud, rain, even… Continue reading The Slow Sweet Season

Praise for the Roadside Market

One of the most exciting things about being in Vermont is the wide availability of local foods. Whether it's maple syrup, artisan cheese, smoked meats, honey, bread, or beer, one of the best places to find these products is at the many markets that can be found along the state's winding, wooded roads. It's rural… Continue reading Praise for the Roadside Market

Killing and Growing

At its most basic, the story of life on earth is the competition among species to capture and store as much energy as possible---either directly from the sun, in the case of plants, or, in the case of animals, by eating plants and plant eaters." Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma (21) January in Vermont. Fog… Continue reading Killing and Growing

The Bounty and Beauty of Winter Farmer’s Markets

Lost Barn Farms root vegetables and garlic varieties. We finally made it to a Vermont farmer's market and we were utterly enchanted by the experience. I mistakenly thought that since we moved here in November, we had to wait to enjoy farmer's markets until the warmer months. But our new area is quietly bountiful even… Continue reading The Bounty and Beauty of Winter Farmer’s Markets

The Alchemy of Fat

Tomorrow is the winter solstice, but today it was mercifully warm in Vermont. As the old snow and ice coverings melt, disappear, and reappear in the fluctuating temperature, I am reminded of one of my favorite culinary pursuits: rendering fat. It's the perfect activity to symbolize this time of year because fat behaves and looks… Continue reading The Alchemy of Fat

Woodfire Cooking

It is remarkable what a value is still put upon wood even in this age and in this new country, a value more permanent and universal than that of gold. After all our discoveries and inventions no man will go by a pile of wood.” Henry David Thoreau, Walden One of the purposes of this… Continue reading Woodfire Cooking