• News & Commentary: SNAP Data in Court
  • Looking Back on a Decade of Maple Innovation
  • Listening to Farmers’ Voices in the Ecosystem Services Discussion
  • News & Commentary: SNAP Data in Court

    Last week, Civil Eats ran an extended article on a battle that’s gone to the Supreme Court over access to retailers’ SNAP benefits data. The article points out the many possible implications of this data release, including how plays into the conversation around whether (or, how) to use SNAP to shape Americans’ diets.

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  • Looking Back on a Decade of Maple Innovation

    Back in 2007, Local Baquet ran an article by Bonnie Hudspeth on maple innovation and production in Vermont. Since then, maple production in Vermont has tripled to 1.8 million gallons a year and innovation seems to have entered a new golden (or perhaps amber) age. We did a quick maple innovation news round up for 2018 / 2019 to help everyone keep up with the some of the trends. 

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  • Listening to Farmers’ Voices in the Ecosystem Services Discussion

    In 2015, the USDA funded a project for UVM researchers to engage in discussions with Vermont farmers about the idea of being paid for ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are things farmers do that improve the environment for everyone, a common example is grass-based farms capturing carbon in the soil as a way to combat climate change. Some services happen naturally through sustainable farming, others take more of an incentive to implement, and either way some policy makers believe that farmers shoudl be compensated for their contribution. 

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Recipes starting with P

  • Time: 20 minutes prep; 20 minutes on stove
  • Complexity: very easy

Poutine Gravies—Classique Gravy

Poutine

My husband says that his family’s restaurant uses a different ratio of beef to chicken stock “than everyone else,” but he won’t tell me the ratio. I guessed. Feel free to do your own guessing, too. Most answers aren’t wrong.

  • Time: 20 minutes prep; 20 minutes on stove
  • Complexity: very easy

Poutine Gravies—Sausage Gravy

Poutine

I’m pretty sure that pork is the state meat of Québec. It’s everywhere. So it’s only fitting to make a poutine gravy with pork sausage. Fitting and delicious.

  • Time: 30 minutes prep
  • Complexity: easy

Prosciutto-Wrapped Pickled Asparagus

Prosciutto-Wrapped Pickled Asparagus

This is the perfect make-ahead party food: Have your pickled asparagus spears on hand and it takes just minutes to wrap them, rewarding you with an elegant presentation and a salty, tangy take on the classic app.

© Cultured Foods for Your Kitchen: 100 Recipes Featuring the Bold Flavors of Fermentation by Leda Scheintaub, Rizzoli New York, 2014

 
  • Time: 30 minutes prep
  • Complexity: easy

Pink Pickled Baby Turnip Carpaccio

Pink Pickled Baby Turnip Carpaccio

While winter turnips typically make their way into cold-weather soups and stews, small, delicate baby turnips are among the first early-season roots that lend themselves to pickling. For this dish I thinly slice the turnip pickles to reveal their rose-petal-pink interior and elegantly arrange them on plates so they can be properly admired before digging in.

© Cultured Foods for Your Kitchen: 100 Recipes Featuring the Bold Flavors of Fermentation by Leda Scheintaub, Rizzoli New York, 2014

 
  • 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; 30 minutes to cook
  • Complexity: medium

Pork Tenderloin with a Cassis & Soy Sauce Reduction

Pork Tenderloin  with a Cassis & Soy Sauce Reduction

Recipe by Claire Fitts.

  • Time: 30 minutes prep; 30 minutes to cook
  • Complexity: medium

Pesto Potato Salad with Green Beans

Basil

From Bon Appétit, July 2004

  • Time: 5 minutes prep; 30 minutes to cook
  • Complexity: very easy

Poached Quince

Quince

Following is a recipe for poached quince.

  • Time: 20 minutes prep; bake 30 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Pumpkin Tarts

Pumpkin Tarts

These festive treats are delicate to handle and are surprisingly healthy for a dessert that has a custard-like filling and a tart-style crust. Serve them with a dollop of local whipped cream on top. Original recipe by Raechel Barone, On The Rise Bakery in Richmond, VT.

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