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Vermont's Local Banquet brings you recipes in one easily indexed, online format so you can return to the dishes, desserts, and appetizers over and over again.

  • Time: 20 minutes prep
  • Complexity: easy

Baby Food—Puréed Green Peas

Baby Food Pea Purée

Parents who make their own baby food appreciate knowing exactly what they’re feeding their baby, they are glad to be avoiding additives, and they enjoy feeding their baby the same fresh foods that the rest of the family eats.

 
  • Time: 20 minutes prep
  • Complexity: easy

Baby Food—Apples

Baby Food Applesauce

Parents who make their own baby food appreciate knowing exactly what they’re feeding their baby, they are glad to be avoiding additives, and they enjoy feeding their baby the same fresh foods that the rest of the family eats.

 
  • Time: 20 minutes prep
  • Complexity: easy

Baby Food—Winter Squash

Winter Squash Baby Food

Parents who make their own baby food appreciate knowing exactly what they’re feeding their baby, they are glad to be avoiding additives, and they enjoy feeding their baby the same fresh foods that the rest of the family eats.

 
  • Time: 20 minutes prep
  • Complexity: easy

Mama Ganoush (or Move Over, Baba)

Mama Ganoush

For our “Mama Ganoush” we start by roasting all of the overgrown zucchini we can rustle up. Keep the mixture cold and enjoy this summer treat. It’s up to you if you want to tell your friends that it’s not made with eggplant.

 
  • Time: 20 minutes prep
  • Complexity: medium

Mutton Gyros

Mutton Gyros

Supporting mutton will expand your culinary reaches while saving you money. It will also add a revenue stream to the balance sheets of local sheep farmers, making their enterprises more competitive and sustainable. Mutton may be a vanishingly small piece of the culinary landscape of Vermont now, but a few people expressing interest in mutton by talking to a sheep farmer at the farmers’ market or calling a few nearby sheep farms could start the ball rolling.

 
  • Time: 10 minutes prep
  • Complexity: very easy

Shoots & Sprouts

green sprouts

Here are some ways we enjoy eating shoots and sprouts. Shoots, sometimes called micro-greens, are seeds grown on soil in trays that are harvested at a small size for eating. Sprouts are not grown on soil, but are simply germinated seeds allowed to grow to an optimal size, at which point they are eaten roots and all.

 
  • Time: 10 minutes prep
  • Complexity: very easy

Sea Buckthorn Oxymel

seaberries

This is a potent way to preserve sea buckthorn’s medicinal qualities. At the first onset of feeling sick, take 1 teaspoon oxymel, 3–5 times a day. Recipe courtesy of Whole Systems Design..

 
  • Time: 10 minutes prep; cooking time 30 minutes
  • Complexity: advanced

Baklava

Baklava

Here is a recipe for baklava, a very sweet Middle Eastern treat that has the sweetness of honey, the tang of citrus, the taste and texture of walnuts, and the crunch of filo pastry. The combination is irresistible.

 
  • Time: 10 minutes prep; cooking time 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Simple Spring Pasta with Dandelion Greens

Simple Spring Pasta with Dandelion Greens

Original recipe by Helen Labun Jordan. If you have the time homemade pasta enhances this dish.

 
  • Time: 10 minutes prep; bake 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Vinegar Reduction Sauce

Vinegar Reduction Sauce

Nick Cowles of Shelburne Orchards says, “This is best with pork tenderloin or boneless pork chops. Yay, meat!”

 
  • Time: 30 minutes prep; bake 30 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Stuffed Quince

Quince

Quince originated in the Caucasus region of Europe and predates apple cultivation. It may even have been the fruit of temptation in the Garden of Eden. To honor this, I adapted a recipe fromJerusalem: A Cookbook, by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi (2012).

  • Time: 30 minutes prep; slow cook 4–5 hours
  • Complexity: medium

Pot Roast with Tomatoes, Cinnamon, and Allspice

Pot Roast

Here’s a favorite grass-fed beef recipe for a busy after-school meal. I love using my crock pot for it! Adapted from Deborah Krasner’s Good Meat: The Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2010).

  • Time: 30 minutes prep; 90 bake minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Beer-Can Chicken

Beer Can Chicken

Use your favorite homemade or store-bought spice rub for this chicken and use whatever convenient non-soda drink that comes in a can (I like juices). The important part about the beer can is the can and the liquid, not so much the beer. Original recipe by Claire Fitts.

  • Time: 30 minutes prep; 30 bake minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Cornbread Casserole

Cornbread Casserole

Sausage is a tasty step up from hamburger. It is plenty versatile and usually reasonably priced. Recently I was standing in a local food co-op eyeing some particularly tasty-looking local cornmeal and trying to figure out how to work it into me and my man’s dinner plans; we also needed a dish that would make some leftover lunches. Original recipe by Claire Fitts.

  • Time: 20 minutes prep; 25 bake minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Fall Apple Meatballs

Fall Apple Meatballs

Meatballs are infinitely adaptable to whatever ingredients are in season or on hand and are a fantastic way to stretch a single pound of ground beef or pork into little balls of yumminess. Original recipe by Claire Fitts.

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