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Cook/writer/farmer Susie Middleton's latest cookbook is Fresh From the Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories (Taunton Press, Feb, 2014)

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From Broccoli Leaves to Kalettes, New Vegetables to Cook and Grow in 2015

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 2:04 PM

As both a vegetable farmer and a cookbook author (Fresh From the Farm), I get pretty excited about new vegetable varieties. We have our market favorites we grow every year, but we always try something new--or at least new to us, or a...
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Dressing up Roasted Brussels Sprouts for the Thanksgiving Table

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 2:53 PM

Every year around Thanksgiving time I start jumping up and down about one of my favorite cooking techniques--quick-roasting vegetables. I love it because the veggies can conveniently cook after the turkey comes out of the oven and while the bird is resting. (And of course, this easy method yields deliciously...

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A New Cookbook Asks You to Live Your Dream--And Eat Your Beets, Too

(2) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 1:35 PM


I had a pretty simple mission when I wrote my first cookbook -- to help people learn to cook vegetables so that they could really and truly enjoy them. I wanted to inspire people with the versatility of vegetables; I wanted to share...

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Beautiful and Practical Lessons From a Small Farm Start-Up

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 1:30 PM


When I left my job as chief editor of Fine Cooking magazine six years ago, I had no idea I'd be writing to you now from a small farm, my third cookbook (based on our life as farmers, no less) about...

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Golden Galette Tops the List of All-time Favorite Potato Recipes

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 9:14 PM


As the author of three "fresh" cookbooks, I'm supposed to say kale is my favorite vegetable. Or Brussels sprouts. Honestly, I like these veggies; but I would lie down on the train tracks for a potato gratin, a plate of...

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Eating Locally, Slowly But Surely

(8) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 5:53 PM

It didn't happen overnight. But one day not long ago I looked down at my cutting board and realized that everything on it -- each ingredient for the soup I was making -- was grown right here on the island; some in my own backyard, some a mile up the...

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Problem-Solving Veggie Side Dish Recipes for Thanksgiving

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 9:42 AM

Problem: The oven is full. The turkey's in there, maybe a pan of stuffing, too. But wait, you've got a second oven! Only you still have to bake the pie -- and the lasagna you always offer along with the turkey. So, um, where will the vegetables go?

Here are...

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Keeping It Simple: Three-Ingredient Veggie Dishes

(20) Comments | Posted May 19, 2011 | 2:23 PM


I've been thinking a lot about simplicity lately. The simpler my life gets, the happier I am. I've had to bang my head around a good deal to get this message through my thick skull, and it hasn't been pretty. But now that I've...

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Eating Less is Good, But How About Eating (and Cooking) at Home?

(20) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 3:00 PM

As the author of vegetable cookbooks, I am certainly happy about at least one aspect of the government's new dietary guidelines: the recommendation that we fill half our plates with vegetables. And in general, I applaud the straightforward advice to "Eat Less" and move more. But something has...

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Call Me a Vegivore, Call me Whatever, Just Cook Something, Please! (Recipe Included)

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2010 | 3:25 PM

Well, I don't know what to think. One minute my hopes are dashed, when I read that Americans are eating less vegetables than ever. (And I was particularly annoyed that I had to find this out from my very favorite New York Times reporter, Kim Severson. I hate...

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Farm Stand Economics: From a First-Time, Micro-Grower's Point of View

(8) Comments | Posted August 6, 2010 | 2:38 PM

I've had vegetable gardens in the past, but this is different. This year, I have a market garden, and I'm selling vegetables at a farm stand. It's supposed to be kind of a part-time gig, but that -- as you can imagine -- is a joke. I thought I just...

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Fast, Fresh & Green Hits Home With Easy, Delicious Vegetable Recipes

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2010 | 11:59 AM

2010-07-12-FastFreshGreenCOV1_1_1.jpgLast week, I watched a goat give birth. It was maybe the most amazing thing I've seen in my whole life. On Wednesday, I harvested potatoes and peas and arugula from my very own "market" garden -- and made $22 selling them at the farm...

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Fresh Eggs, Grace, Rebirth, & Popovers

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2010 | 11:37 AM


Some days I let gratitude slip away. I forget to be thankful for all the amazing little things in my new life. But most days I pinch myself when I wake up, just to make sure I haven't passed on to another world.

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Friday Night is Pizza Night--At Home

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2010 | 9:56 AM

Yeah, I know, I know, you've been good all week. Making dinner every night, bringing your lunch to work; no donut stops (well, almost none). So now it's Friday, the last weekday in The Week of Eating In, and you're probably thinking, well, I kind of deserve to...

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My Go-to Eat-In Pan: A Cast-Iron Skillet For Veggies

(9) Comments | Posted February 24, 2010 | 9:35 AM


Lately I have been stuck (I mean blessed) with massive amounts of turnips, carrots, potatoes and onions. It's that darned (I mean wonderful) winter CSA share I've got. I've also been on deadline, a little short on time...and surprised when dinner hour arrives sooner...

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Eat Your Veggies--Deliciously (Try a Carrot Stir-Fry for Starters)

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2010 | 9:23 AM

As a food writer and cookbook author, my mission in life is pretty much to encourage people to cook more at home. So I would be really remiss if I didn't post during Eating In week. In fact I'm a little embarrassed that I'm just getting around to...

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You, Too, Can Join the Food Revolution: Cook Dinner at Home!

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2010 | 4:32 PM

Where I live, McDonald's is not an option. Nor is Applebee's or Dunkin' Donuts or Pizza Hut. In fact, not only does our one and only local diner close at 7 pm on weeknights this time of year, but unless you wanted to swim six miles, after 9 o'clock at...

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Frost on the Turnip: Eating Green in January

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2010 | 2:28 PM

I did feel kind of silly--the day after Christmas, instead of standing outside of Target or Bloomingdales like the rest of mankind to rush inside for The Big Sale, I was standing outside my local farm stand waiting to rush inside and buy local meat. The farm stand (I should...

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The Meat-Eaters Guide to Eating Less Meat

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2009 | 9:17 AM

Secretly, I could live on chocolate and coffee. But don't tell anyone, since I make my living writing about vegetables. And my darkest secret is this: My favorite thing in the whole world is (or was) chicken pan drippings. This is the stuff the French call fond, though growing up...

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Where the Wild Things Grow: The Zen of Foraging

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2009 | 10:49 AM

A few weeks ago, I pulled on my muddy boots and trekked around Chappaquiddick Island, following after a character named Russ Cohen with a couple dozen other food crazies. Russ is an expert on foraging for food in the wild, and I figured maybe I'd finally learn to identify the...

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