Potato Leek Gratin

2tablespoons unsalted butter, more for greasing the pan; 2large leeks, trimmed and halved lengthwise 1 ½pounds peeled Yukon Gold potatoes 1teaspoon kosher salt ½teaspoon ground black pepper 2thyme sprigs 1cup heavy cream 1fat garlic clove, finely chopped 1bay leaf ¼teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg ¾cup cheese of choice, grated –Heat oven to 350 degrees and butter a 2-quart gratin dish. Wash the leeks to remove any … More Potato Leek Gratin

Veggie Tacos!!!

Olive oil 1-2 cups of roughly chopped mixed veggies (carrots, zucchini, peppers, etc)   · 1/2 medium onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, chopped   · I large, hot padrone or jalapeno pepper (optional), pinch of chili flakes works too! Salt · Pinch of ground cumin, oregano, or other desired spices/herbs · 4 corn tortillas 1 small to … More Veggie Tacos!!!

Southern Collards

We know that lots of folks aren’t too keen on Collards, but hopefully this recipe will win you over. Bacon is optional. 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon butter, 1/2 large onion, chopped, 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 clove garlic, finely chopped, 1 pound collard greens, chopped, 3 cups vegetable or chicken stock, 2 tomatoes … More Southern Collards

Spinach and Beet salad with Blue Cheese and Nuts

1 bunch beets, peeled, trimmed, halved, and cut in 1/2-inch wedges 1/2 sweet onion, finely chopped 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (divided) 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme 3⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper 1 1⁄2 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar 1/3-1/2# chopped Spinach 3 ounces … More Spinach and Beet salad with Blue Cheese and Nuts

Mini Eggplant Pizzas

3 small/medium eggplants, sliced into thin rounds 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 2 medium/large thinly sliced tomatoes 1/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese salt and ground black pepper to taste Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Arrange eggplant rounds on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Top eggplants with a little … More Mini Eggplant Pizzas

Mixed Blessings

Mixed Blessings. Lots of folks keep telling us “we must be thrilled to finally get some rain.” For brevity’s sake we answer with “oh, definitely”, which for the most part is true, but also hides some deeper anxieties. In the broadest sense, we are grateful that the bioregion is receiving some much-needed respite from the … More Mixed Blessings