Local In Season
Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts Print
Right Food for the Season - Early Winter
Written by Michelle Lahey   

When I was little, I said I didn’t like Brussels sprouts because everyone else said they were “gross.” But I never even tried a Brussels sprout until I was well into my twenties – it was roasted to perfection, and ideally salty. From that moment on, my opinion of Brussels sprouts was forever changed. 

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Brussels sprouts – which look like little baby cabbages - are one versatile leafy green vegetable, but my favorite way to prepare them is by roasting. Roasting any vegetable brings out their natural sweetness, and Brussels sprouts are no different. Roasting also gives them a delightful crispiness and texture.

Although the roasting method makes Brussels sprouts just sweet enough, adding a little maple syrup – this one from Ithaca, N.Y. – doesn’t hurt. The touch of maple syrup also gives the sprouts a glaze that’s borderline addicting. In this particular recipe, I also threw in some dried cranberries and roasted sunflower seeds for added texture, flavor, and color. The end result is a winter-friendly side dish that can be served with a variety of main dishes.

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Greek Lentil Salad Print
Right Food for the Season - Early Spring
Written by Michelle Lahey   

The warmer weather can only mean one thing: cookout season is almost here.

Most barbecues I attend feature grilled meats and veggies, with the typical salads to accompany them: pasta, potato, and/or a simple green salad. And although these

 nostalgic dishes are welcome cookout accompaniments, I’m looking to amp things up this year. Specifically with this Greek Lentil Salad.

Chocked full of spring-friendly green onions and fresh parsley, this protein-packed salad has all the flavors and textures you need for a satiating side dish. The salty olives and feta mixed with the fresh lemon juice and spicy onions makes each bite borderline addictive. The lentils are also like tiny little sponges that soak up every single flavor in the bowl.

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Almost Summer Corn Soup Print
Right Food for the Season - Late Spring
Written by Michelle Lahey   

The act of shucking fresh, locally grown corn is not only therapeutic, but it also signals that it’s [almost] summer. And although we may be a little early on the corn front, we found some beautiful cobs at the Union Square Farmers’ Market last weekend.

Unfortunately, our grill had cooled down a bit too much before we put the cobs on, resulting in a rather al dente finished product. Faced with a fridge full of perfectly good corn cobs, I decided to turn them into a silky, flavorful soup – perfect for filling the time (and fresh corn void) until summer comes along. 

The key to this soup is the corn stock. Like just about any homemade stock, this corn-based version is packed with fresh flavor – plus a kick of heat thanks to the peppercorns and crushed red pepper flakes. I used the greens from leeks that I had in my freezer, but feel free to throw in a chopped onion instead, if you so choose. Some fresh herbs (like thyme) would also be great in this stock, if you have them on-hand. 

No matter what ingredients you use in your corn stock, I highly recommend serving this healthy soup with some crusty bread for dipping, or even alongside some grilled burgers or sausages. It’s on the thinner side, so a satiating entrée will complement it beautifully.

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Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero Print
Local Libations - Local Libations
Written by Michelle Lahey   

Spring is playing a cruel, cruel joke on us right now. Here in New England, we’re having sporadic 60-degree days with plenty of sunshine, followed by several days of rain, wind, and cold. What gives?

Clown Shoes beer

The only thing making me slightly OK with this colder weather is that stout season is still here. Nothing makes a wet, dreary day brighter than a full-bodied, delicious, dark stout.

One I am currently loving is Clown Shoes Beer’s Chocolate Sombrero. Clown Shoes brews out of Mercury Brewing Co. in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and their mission is to produce beer without pretension. That’s a goal I can get behind, especially when it comes to alcohol. 

Clown Shoe’s Chocolate Sombrero is a Mexican-style chocolate stout that clocks in at 9% abv. This year-round brew packs a punch of rich chocolate flavor combined with the subtle spice of ancho chiles. The chiles are further cooled down with the help of a little cinnamon and some sweet, apparent vanilla extract. The sweet and spicy combination is spot-on in each sip, making this fairly strong beer a little too easy to consume. 

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Curry Pumpkin Apple "Pitzas" Print
Right Food for the Season - Late Fall
Written by Lizzy Butler   
Although we don’t associate this time of year (tell me how it came to be the end of November again?) with bountiful harvests from the garden, there are still some edible gems left in the surviving vines that keep us going throughout the winter. They are the brave warriors who withstand the cold fall nights when other vegetables bow out until next season.
 
I’m talking about winter squash of course, and they’re about to take center stage on your table during the holiday season.
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