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I love quotes that add meaning to my life. Here are a few to live by:

Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce.
—Michael Pollan

Feeding nine billion people in a truly sustainable way will be one of the greatest challenges our civilization has had to confront. It will require the imagination, determination and hard work of countless people from all over the world. There is no time to lose.
—Jonathan A. Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment, U of MN

The surest way to capture the flavors, colors, and textures of a culture is by using authentic products.
—Lidia Bastianich, from Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen

The most important habit you can develop is to taste as you are preparing something. Take a sample and taste it critically at different stages of the cooking, then correct the seasonings…
—Marion Cunningham, from Learning to Cook

Plant a vegetable garden if you have the space, a window box if you don’t.
—Michael Pollan

A Farewell To The Green Mountain State

A Farewell To The Green Mountain State

I miss my wonderful assistant, Natalie Lovelace. She spent her last year and a half as an undergraduate at the University of Vermont running around the northern stretches of Vermont with me talking to people about food. What a delight it was to have her as my blog manager. Natalie often, not only wrote, but […]

fresh blog posts

Join me In the Kitchen with Bronwyn, to continue the tradition of American kitchens. Through these blog posts we will do it with good food and good conversation. Let’s share our stories, inspire each other, and in the process, define together the food we love.

Zabby & Elf’s Stone Soup, Part II

Zabby & Elf’s Stone Soup, Part II

Read the second part to the post on Avery Rifkin & Tim Elliott’s Stone Soup here.

Zabby & Elf’s Stone Soup

Zabby & Elf’s Stone Soup

Read more about Burlington’s iconic Zabby and Elf’s Stone Soup.

We Don't Do Restaurant Reviews

We Don’t Do Restaurant Reviews

Read about the charming new resturant in Burlington’s Old North End, Butch + Babe’s!

Gratitude

Gratitude

Read about the issue of food insecurity and food waste in Vermont.

Food Entrepreneurs Part V: Brio Coffeeworks

Food Entrepreneurs Part V: Brio Coffeeworks

Read about Vermont’s up and coming coffee scene featuring Brio Coffeeworks, located in Burlington’s South End.


featured recipes

The "Zetterburger" Recipe

The “Zetterburger” Recipe

Here is the recipe for “The Zetterburger”, Tom Zetterstrom’s version of the classic hamburger with an addition that makes it one of the healthiest meals of the summer.

Homemade Fresh Mozzarella Recipe

Homemade Fresh Mozzarella Recipe

This cheese recipe comes with my thanks to Lindsay Harris of Family Cow Farmstand for her wonderful introduction to making fresh mozzarella.

Potato Salad Two Ways

Potato Salad Two Ways

The story of potatoes continues! This week, I have two recipes for potato salad as well as a new video shot by my friend, Janet Biehl, late last summer showing those two ways to make potato salad.


Author`s Corner

I’m a writer, myself, and so love to read what other food writers have to say. I hope you enjoy reading about cookbooks and books about food as much as I do!

MIndful Carnivore by Tovar Cerulli

The Mindful Carnivore

I first met Tovar Cerulli, a former vegetarian, when he was in the process of publishing his new book about his decision to hunt game rather than eat commercial meat. I was struck by the emphasis Tovar places on mindfulness, and on the consideration we need to have about everything we eat.


Simple Asian Meals

Simple Asian Meals

Who isn’t cooking Asian these days? I just had friends over for a dinner of our grass-fed beef short ribs only to be reminded at the last minute that one of them was a vegetarian. Out came my wok, frozen shrimp from my freezer, some snow peas, green onions, red peppers and a variety of soy, oyster and fish sauces, along with some cooking sherry. I improvised and my hungry friend seemed satisfied with the end result, a quasi-Chinese shrimp stir-fry. But, if I’d had Nina Simond’s book, Simple Asian Meals, I might have cooked a dish that would have made my short-rib eating friends jealous.


Spoon Fed Stories

Some of us, home cooks—and I include myself in this group—love food so much we find our lives structured and embellished by our food experiences. Spoon Fed Stories are our stories, the stories of family and friends. Think of this as the kitchen table where we share the fun and the adventures we’ve had with food.

The Venerable Shojin Ryori Cuisine of Japan by Hiroko Shimbo

The Venerable Shojin Ryori Cuisine of Japan by Hiroko Shimbo

Cookbook author and friend, Hiroshi Shimbo, writes about the special 7th century vegetarian cuisine still practiced today, Shojin Ryori, which I enjoyed on my visit to a Zen temple in Japan this spring.


From the Sea Cloud to the Cloud Nine of Dining

From the Sea Cloud to the Cloud Nine of Dining

Guest blogger Margo Davis returns with a story about her recent trip to one of the best places to eat in the world, San Sebastian, Spain. Enjoy her story of Michelin three-star restaurants and cultural icons!


Imagine Who Is Coming to Dinner

Imagine Who Is Coming to Dinner

by Margo Davis
Imagine cooking for the food maven of all times, Judith Jones….


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featured events

Food events that have caught my eye.

ArtsRiot Truck Stop!

ArtsRiot Truck Stop!


Dinner Club at Agricola Farm

Dinner Club at Agricola Farm


TASTY PICKS

Good Food & Noteworthy Businesses

Hardwick Beef Ad #2

 


a La Carte Videos

Bronwyn Dunne and Judith Jones Prepare Two Potato Salads at Bryn Teg. See the recipes


Gateau de Crepes- In Molly’s Kitchen.
See recipe from the Smitten Kitchen



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