Happy 100, My Vermont Kitchen!

Even though I’m sad to say goodbye to summer, the outside light this time of year is always incredible.

One hundred posts. I can’t believe it! To think when I began this blog, it was the winter of 2011, I was stuck indoors with a March blizzard, and my first post was my lunch, Matzo Ball Soup. In 18 months, I’ve brought you pies, soups, book reviews, more soups, salads, and everything in between. You read about me creating the best apple pie for a pie contest (I didn’t win),  my Julia Child 100th birthday dinner (the electricity went out), and tips for cooking and hosting a (somewhat) stress-free Thanksgiving dinner. You’ve been inside the kitchen with me when it’s been so hot I can’t even look at the oven and so cold I want to get in the oven! Through the seasons I’ve tried to bring you recipes that are the essence of the months, while being on the healthy and easy side for each meal.

I try to bring you the best of the best. But believe me when I say, dinner at home isn’t always delicious or homemade; many a dinner is just spaghetti and canned sauce! And while this sounds lovely, there have been gaffs through the months and with that I say, mea culpa. Like when I gave a recipe for bean soup, and completely left them out of the recipe. Or when I gave a grave error in measurements for matzo balls. Or when my pie crust was a heart attack in a pie plate; in this case, too much butter.

Some weeks I wonder what in heaven’s name I’m going to write about. Other weeks I have too many recipes on my plate (no pun intended!). I wonder with each upcoming season if I’m going to have enough creative energy to keep going, have enough recipes to fill a season. But at the end of last winter, I drew up a list of about ten recipes I have yet to write about. So the possibilities are endless indeed.

I thought in celebration for old fans and new readers, I’d give you my best ten recipes that I’ve posted throughout the months. I had a fun time selecting recipes to highlight, and came up with a list longer than ten! But I chose to go with some old-time favorites, family recipes passed down, and some that are my own. A lot of these are the top ten from my house that make the rotation whichever month we’re in.

So thank you so much for reading, commenting, and sticking through my creative cooking process! Here’s to 100 more!

Appetizers
Baked Artichoke Dip
: Wherever I take this dip, it is always a hit! A bit on the fussy side, but it’s definitely worth the work!

Soups
Creamy Cheesy Cauliflower Soup à la Irene
: I’ve made more soups than I can shake a stick at, but since we’re getting into fall, this is a perfect weeknight supper soup that is warm and comforting.

Salads
Gigi’s Chicken Salad
: This is a summertime staple in our house. Adding some walnuts adds some great protein, too.

Main Dishes
Scallops with Tomatoes and Olive Vinaigrette
: Whenever scallops go on sale, this is on the menu! It is a great and simple dinner which can also be made for a special occasion.

Pesto: I make a batch of this about once a week in the summer and place it in small containers to freeze for a pinch of summer in the colder months.

Vegetarian Spring Rolls: While all the chopping and slicing gets a bit old, this is so healthy and delicious, it’s worth the work when you bite into one of these!

Side Dishes
Farro with Brussels Sprouts and Beans
: I had forgotten about the recipe, but when I saw it, I’m happy we’re getting into Brussels Sprouts season!

Desserts
Crumbly Peach Pie
: I make this at least once a summer. The butter, sugar, and nutmeg is heaven on a plate. And only one crust to make!

Miscellaneous
Pickles
: Check out my friend Deb’s recipe for quick pickles and dilly beans and make some before this summer’s crop is gone!

Granola: Forget store-bought granola, make your own! That way you know what you’re eating, a healthy blend of grains and nuts. I’m sure it’s a bit on the high calorie side, but just a little bit in yogurt is all you need.

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12 thoughts on “Happy 100, My Vermont Kitchen!

  1. Your passion for food and cooking shines in every post. I have been so lucky to watch you perform your magic in your Vermont Kitchen. So very proud of you.

  2. Congratulations, Honey!! I don’t do a whole lot of experimenting myself now that I’m older, but I love your sense of adventure in the kitchen. And I look forward to the next 100 episodes.
    Love, Mom

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