Whole-grain Chapati

Whole-grain Chapati

Chapati (pictured on the left) are traditionally served alongside Indian meals and are a delicious vehicle for stews and braised dishes. In our test kitchen, we used them for tacos and to make some very nontraditional grilled cheese sandwiches. If you have a griddle, it will speed up production immensely.

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Walnut Pear Breakfast Cake

Walnut Pear Breakfast Cake

This recipe (pictured above, in the center) is adapted from one my mother gave me. Originally known as “Babe’s Apple Cake,” it’s been modified to feature pears and the amount of sugar has been reduced. It’s still a sweet start to the day, but is an easy everyday dessert. Glam it up with a scoop of ice cream for extra points at the dinner table.

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Quick Pickles

At the Red Fire Farm Strawberry Soirée Feast in the Fields dinner begins simply, with bread and cheese. To add some brightness and spark to the cheese platter, I made up a batch of spiced strawberry jam and a HUGE vat of pickles. 

While I used a bushel of farm-fresh vegetables in my batch, these quick pickles are a great way to use up little bits of vegetables that might be floating around your vegetable crisper. I pickle various types of vegetables all in one jar or tub. The only exception I make is for beets––unless you want everything to be a wonderfully lurid shade of magenta, pickle beets in their own container. 

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