Culinary expert, eco-stylist, and food enthusiast, Kerry Dunnington has assembled a lengthy collection of her family’s best recipes and compiled This Book Cooks, Farm-Fresh Traditional Recipes for Healthy Contemporary Cooking. The book features nearly 200 superbly-seasoned, beautifully presented, eco-friendly meals that she’s selected to serve as the center of any occasion, from an intimate family dinner to a large holiday celebration.
Below is a sample of some of her best summertime offerings:
Summer Corn Pancakes
“When fresh corn is abundant during the summer months, it seems I am always gratefully decobbing and making these tasty pancakes. I chop half of the corn kernels because they are a great contrast to the whole corn kernels. Bacon and fried green tomatoes are delicious accompaniments.”
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons neutral oil
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup yellow corn flour
- ½ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups fresh corn kernels
- Butter and syrup
Spring is here and it’s time to get out and enjoy the beautiful outdoors by dining alfresco! Whether it’s your basket overflowing with breads, cheese, and desserts, or a meal out on your porch, here are few recipes perfect for picnics to consider.
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It’ll be here before we know it, and the ooey gooey, sugary inspiration is already making its way across some of my favorite food blogs. Here are a few of the tasty treats I’m crushing on so far!
Double-Chocolate Mascarpone Raspberry Pie from BHG. Get the recipe!
Bacon jam pizza with maple syrup and arugula. Recipe created by InSockMonkeySlippers, featured on Jamie Oliver’s site.
Chocolate filled raspberries – perfect for a Valentine’s Day snack! Get the recipe from AddAPinch. and a red polka dot art print from RosieAndViolets.
Burlap Bunting Pennant Banner from MsRogersNeighborhood for Valentine’s Day.
Divine red velvet hot cocoa from Heather’s French Press. Get the recipe!
Fall is here, and it’s time to bring out all those yummy harvest veggie recipes and comfort foods.
Lexi Stolz of South Fork & Spoon + Ango recommends this Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe for cool days. Give it a try!
Stuffed Acorn Squash
Yields 8 servings.
- 4 Acorn Squash, ideally 1-2 lbs each, halved lengthwise and seeds removed
- 5 teaspoons or more to taste, Salt
- 2 teaspoons, Ground Black Pepper
- 2 cups wild rice
- 3 oz Grapeseed oil
- 1 teaspoons fresh ground pepper
- 1 Tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 cups thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms (stems removed)
- 4 cups cleaned and rough chopped kale
- 2 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
- 2 Tablespoons chiffonade ( cut like ribbons) mint leaves
- Medium sized pot
- Fine meshed strainer
- Baking sheet
- Pepper mill
- Sauté pan
- Large Bowl
- Pre-heat the oven to 475 degrees.
- In fine meshed strainer, place rice and run under cold water until clean.
- In medium sized pot, add rice, 2 teaspoons of salt and 4 cups of cold water. Cover the pot with a lid and bring to a boil on high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat until rice is simmering. Simmer for 30 to 45 minutes or until the rice has absorbed the water and is cooked. (Note: rice can be cooked up to two days in advance).
- On baking sheet, place squash flesh side up and rub with 1 oz grapeseed oil, 2 teaspoons of salt, and fresh ground pepper to taste. Place in the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until tender. Use a fork to test for tenderness.
- In a separate sauté pan heat 1 oz grapeseed oil on medium-high heat. Add shiitake mushrooms, garlic, a dash of salt, and sauté until mushrooms are cooked but not browned. Remove from heat and place in large bowl.
- In the same sauté pan used for the mushrooms, heat 1 oz of grapeseed oil on medium-high heat. Add kale, a pinch of salt, and cook quickly using tongs or a spatula. Keep the kale moving so it doesn’t brown. Once wilted, remove and place in a bowl with shiitake mushrooms.
- In bowl, add cooked wild rice and sesame seeds, and mix together.
- Taste rice mixture and season accordingly.
- Fill the cooked squash halves with the rice mixture, and garnish with mint!