• Updated Website Address: LocalBanquet.org
  • Looking Back on a Decade of Maple Innovation
  • Listening to Farmers’ Voices in the Ecosystem Services Discussion
  • Updated Website Address: LocalBanquet.org

    We've changed our website. Please update your bookmarks to LocalBanquet.org LocalBanquet.org is where you will now find the latest Local Banquet stories, a new Story of the Day update feature, features from the archives, and information on how to contribute to Local Banquet if you're interested in writing about Vermont agriculture. 

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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 tagged with: Vegan

  • Time: 20 minutes prep; 60 minutes in oven
  • Complexity: medium

Sylvia’s Spiced Butternut Bread

Sylvia’s Spiced Butternut Bread

This recipe makes one large loaf, but for a special occasion, it doubles nicely. If you can’t find butternuts, substitute black walnuts or any favorite nut. You can also use a mixture of different nuts.

  • Time: 10 minutes prep; 30 minutes ion stove
  • Complexity: very easy

Birch Glazed Carrots

Glazed carrots

Here’s a favorite recipe that’s in our brochure. Credit goes to Jeff at Klondike Kate’s restaurant in the Yukon.

  • Time: 10 minutes prep
  • Complexity: easy

Ginger Sesame Salad Dressing

Salad Dressing

This delicious salad dressing adds an Asian flare to salads. Serve it with mixed greens or perhaps on a chicken or noodles.

  • Time: 10 minutes prep
  • Complexity: easy

Tahini Garlic Salad Dressing

Salad Dressing

This salad dressing gets a hint of creaminess from the addition of tahini. Garlic and lemon combine to give it a Middle Eastern flavor. It's wonderful served with kale or mixed greens.

  • Time: 30 minutes prep; 20 minutes on stove
  • Complexity: easy

Alu-Mattar-Gobi

Alu-Mattar-Gobi

Try cooking this simple yet healthful meal. It is a favorite for kids and adults alike!Try cooking this simple yet healthful meal. It is a favorite for kids and adults alike!

  • Time: 30 minutes prep; 20 minutes on stove
  • Complexity: easy

Vegetable Stew with Okra

Vegetable Stew with Okra

One of our “go-to” okra recipes to prepare in September (when we have a little more time) is a vegetable “gumbo.” We sauté onions and garlic, then add okra, zucchini, tomatoes, hot pepper, and sometimes eggplant. We season this with fresh basil, parsley, and oregano. Make a big batch and, after eating your fill, freeze the rest up for some mid-winter veggie therapy!

  • 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
  • Complexity: very easy

Roasted Beets with Walnuts, Pear, and Endive

Roasted Beets with Walnuts, Pear, and Endive

Adapted from Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse Vegetables, Harper Collins Publishers, 1996.

  • Time: 30 minutes prep
  • Complexity: easy

Horseradish Mustard

Horseradish Mustard

Adapted from Mrs. Restino’s Country Kitchen by Susan Restino (Chelsea Green Publishing, 1996)

  • Time: 30 minutes prep
  • Complexity: easy

Horseradish—Preserved

Horseradish

Here is a recipe for four half-pint jars.

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

Maple Apple Upside-Down Cake

Maple Apple Upside-Down Cake

It is said that Pineapple Upside-Down Cake was devised to promote the use of canned pineapple! Why not use a local fruit and sweetener instead? This vegan version of the old classic relies on a baking soda and vinegar rise, so don’t combine wet and dry until you are ready to pour it into the pan and bake. The maple/apple combination creates a gooey decadence. Original recipe by Raechel Barone, On The Rise Bakery in Richmond, VT.

  • Time: 20 minutes prep; bake 20 minutes; 15 minutes on stove
  • Complexity: medium

Buckwheat And Cornbread Stuffing

Buckwheat And Cornbread Stuffing

This recipe starts with a Vermont variation on traditional cornbread—one that adds buckwheat flour and maple syrup for a rich flavor and moist texture. It’s so delicious it’s almost a shame to crumble it for stuffing! Try making it again sometime as a side dish.This recipe starts with a Vermont variation on traditional cornbread—one that adds buckwheat flour and maple syrup for a rich flavor and moist texture. It’s so delicious it’s almost a shame to crumble it for stuffing! Try making it again sometime as a side dish. Original recipe by Raechel Barone, On The Rise Bakery in Richmond, VT.

  • Time: 20 minutes prep
  • Complexity: easy

Kale Pesto

Kale Pesto

Adapted from: The Phytopia Cookbook, by Barbara Gollman and Kim Pierce (Phytopia, Inc., 1998).

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