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

We can dramatically increase global food availability and environmental sustainability by using more of our crops to feed people directly and less to fatten livestock.
—Jonathan A. Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment, U of MN

Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
—Michael Pollan

Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.
—Craig Claiborne

People who eat according to the rules of a traditional food culture are generally healthier than those of us eating a modern Western diet of processed food.
—Michael Pollan

Seven joys of urban farming

Seven joys of urban farming

It’s mildly self-inflating to describe myself as an “urban farmer…” but my husband and I have a pretty legitimate operation in the works.  I am growing 19 different fruits and vegetables, 17 of which were started from seed!  We recently adopted 6 darling ducklings, soon to be egg-laying machines.  We also have two terrariums setup as […]

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.

Wild and Untamed

Wild and Untamed

In need of a vacation, I took a weekend to escape to the wild and beautiful Northeast Kingdom. It is calm in the way only rural areas can be, while also offering adrenaline-fueled mountain bike trails and an unrivaled bike community.

5 Mistakes of a First Time Gardener

5 Mistakes of a First Time Gardener

Learn how to avoid home gardening mistakes! Last year I attempted my first ever home vegetable garden. There is definitely a learning curve, especially for Vermont’s short growing season, and I learned some valuable lessons…

How I Failed in Boston

How I Failed in Boston

A journey to find the perfect burger in Boston. What starts out as a solo adventure ends with good friends enjoying good food at Boston’s Craigie on Main.

Love your FOOD | Love your FARMer

Love your FOOD | Love your FARMer

Farming in the news! From organics to local dairy farms, this week was rich with farm stories. Love your food? Love your farmers!!

Poor Poh-tay-toe...

Poor Poh-tay-toe…

With an overabundance of potatoes, I found the perfect recipe for group brunch just in time for Easter! It is easily made with on-hand ingredients and includes lots of substitution options, be creative!


featured recipes

Chicken Dijonaise – Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever

Ingredients: 3-4 pounds chicken parts (breasts, thighs, legs, or combination), skin removed salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 4 cloves garlic, minced 8 ounces cippolini onions 1 pound button mushrooms, cut in half 16 oz package frozen artichoke hearts, defrosted and quartered 1/2 cup dry white wine 1 1/2 cups […]

Winter Root Soup - Nourishing Traditions

Winter Root Soup – Nourishing Traditions

Ingredients: 3 medium onions, peeled and chopped 2 leeks, washed, trimmed, and sliced 4 carrots, peeled and sliced 2 turnips, peeled and sliced 1 rutabaga, peeled and sliced 3 parsnips, peeled and sliced 4 tablespoons butter 1 1/2 quarts chicken stock several thyme sprigs, tied together 4 cloves garlic, peeled and mashed pinch cayenne pepper […]

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.


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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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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