Brussels Sprout Salad

Brussels Sprout and Farro Salad

The greenmarket is a constant source for inspiration. Right now it’s full of Brussels sprouts on their stalks. I recently picked one up and made this salad of raw and roasted Brussels sprouts with farro and parmesan. I liked it enough to put it on the list of possible Thanksgiving side dishes this year. Use…

Quinoa Bake

Cheesy Quinoa Bake

This versatile little savory cake is redolent with the familiar flavors of spanakopita; dill, spinach, and feta. It makes a great side dish, but also keeps and travels well, and is good at room temperature, making it perfect picnic and potluck fare.

  • Servings: Serves 6 to 8
Roasted Vegetable Tart

Roasted Vegetable Tart

We used to call this a quiche, but that word has become very outmoded, even if the idea hasn’t. This portable make-ahead treat (which we now like to call a tart) can be a main course or an hors d’oeuvre or part of a buffet – it never fails to satisfy. Piment d’Espelette, otherwise known…

  • Servings: Serves 4 to 6
Winter Minestrone with Farro

Winter Minestrone with Farro

Farro gives this minestrone a hearty but healthy taste for those winter days when a thin soup just won’t do the trick.

  • Servings: 6 to 8
Crudités with Wasabi Dip

Crudités with Wasabi Dip

Nonfat Greek yogurt blended with fresh goat cheese and spiked with wasabi makes for a luscious, thick, tangy and addictively spicy dip. In addition to the vegetables listed below, try raw kohlrabi, chayote and endive, and wax beans that are blanched until crisp-tender.

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Servings: 4
Thai Seafood Chowder

Thai Seafood Chowder

Here’s an Asian stew with a New England sensibility. Sweet fresh corn is a natural with this spicy coconut milk-based stew. It is also unbelievably easy and fast to make. It’s a great dinner party dish, but if you want to double the recipe, it is easier to make in two pots rather than one…

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Servings: 4
Corn Basil Butter

Grilled Corn with Basil Butter

Fresh corn on the cob is one of the sweetest and classic tastes of summer, but if you want a little change, the grown-up tang of basil is just the thing. Blending it with butter captures its flavor and color, which are released by the heat of the grilled corn.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Servings: 8
Autumn Minestrone

Autumn Minestrone

This thick version of minestrone soup is usually re-cooked with stale bread to thicken it, becoming Ribollita. Here, it’s topped with a parmesan and rosemary crust and baked in the oven.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Servings: 4
Grill-Steamed Clams with Spaghetti

Grill‑Steamed Clams with Spaghetti

If your idea of a good barbecue involves holding a cocktail or summer ale with one hand while performing minimal tong activity with the other, this is your dish: the delicious and sophisticated spicy clam (or mussel) broth cooks itself in a disposable foil pouch. You can dedicate most of your attention to the beautiful…

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Servings: 4 as a starter
Tomatillo-Poblano Guacamole

Tomatillo-Poblano Guacamole

In this lightened version of guacamole, tomatillo puree replaces some of the rich avocado, adding a bit of sweetness and tang; roasted poblano contributes a little heat. Stretching the recipe with roasted peppers, cherry or grape tomatoes, or diced jicama, mango or papaya would lighten it even more. This dip deserves the best homemade, oven-baked…

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Servings: 6 One Serving: 117 cal, 15 gm fat, 2.3 gm sat fat, 11 gm carb, 5.5 gm fiber