More and more cooks are turning to their own gardens or to local farmers’ markets to find inspiration for their meals. Eating fresh, local produce is a hot trend, but lifelong Vermonter Marie Lawrence has been cooking with produce from her gardens, buying milk from the farmers up the road, and lavishing her family and lucky friends with the fruits of her kitchen labor since she was a kid. In this book she includes recipes for everything from biscuits and breads to pies and cookies, soups and stews to ribs and roasts. Also included are instructions for making cheese, curing meats, canning and preserving, and much more.
Organized by month to coordinate with a farmer’s calendar, cooks will find delicious recipes including orange date bran muffins and old fashioned pot roast in January, hot spiced maple milk and fried cinnamon buns in March, mint mallow ice cream in July, Vermont cheddar onion bread in October, and almond baked apples with Swedish custard cream in December. Other recipes include grilled chicken with peach maple glaze, veggie tempura, raspberry chocolate chip cheesecake, and dozens of other breads, salads, drinks, and desserts that are fresh from the farmer’s kitchen.
In addition to the recipes, readers will find old-fashioned household hints, a harvest guide, and a place to record your own favorite family recipes. Whether you have your own farm and garden or support your local farmers’ market, this book will make seasonal cooking a true pleasure.
This cookbook is a nice addition to our collection. We don’t use a lot of preserved food and there are a lot of recipes in here for that sort of cooking. There are some good old fashioned recipes in the book that we have book marked. My husband is a good baker so he’s pretty interested in the pie recipes and some of the other desserts. There’s an easy recipe for Shepard’s Pie and some snack recipes like soft pretzels and biscuits. There are also a lot of recipes for home made sauces, frosting, dips and stuff like that. The back of the book has some great old fashioned house hold hints, weight and measurement conversions, and substitutions list. This is a really nice down home cook book that would add value to any cookbook collection.