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Strawberry Season!

   Strawberry Season in Vermont:

Our Official Beginning of Summer

Strawberry Season! It is one of Vermont’s official seasons, the one that comes after Black Fly Season and Trout Season.

This is the time I wait for all year! First of all, the roses are blooming. A morning stroll in the garden with a steamy cup of coffee, a few quiet moments in the Gazebo at dusk, and the scent of roses fills the air. Life is good. The farm stands are filled with everything from quirky little garlic scapes to vine-ripened tomatoes, and every kind of green imaginable! We can pick a rainbow at the counter, and feel virtuous with every meal.

When strawberries are in season, you know that summer is really here, and now they are coming fast and furious. Blueberries are poised for their debut, and local cherries have already made their way to a large jar of brandy for use next year.

It's Strawberry Season in Vermont, a special kind of hunting season...

It’s Strawberry Season in Vermont, a special kind of hunting season…

I spent an afternoon this weekend making and canning my conventional strawberry jam recipe, to pull out all winter long. I just follow the basic powdered pectin instructions, and since this year the strawberries are nice and sweet, the jam is terrific. Some years, the strawberries are watery, and I’ve found it is hardly worth the time of putting them up because the flavor will be lacking. Sometimes I add a little orange zest and juice for an extra element, but when the strawberries are as good as this year, that is not necessary.

I also made a quick fresh jam this past weekend, with the addition of a little lavender balsamic vinegar. It was great, and it was done in 20 minutes. I was using up the last of a quart of strawberries, and it this hassle-free version will keep in my refrigerator for about a month (assuming, of course, that it lasts that long…). And it’s not just for toast, I put it on roasted chicken the other night for supper, and it was a hit with all. Here’s the recipe>.

Our guests have feasted on Strawberries Romanoff, Strawberry Soup, Strawberry Smoothies, Strawberries and Cream, and Strawberry Shortcake Waffles.

When we are not wiping strawberry juice off our chins, we are enjoying all the wonderful things Vermont has to offer in the summer: long, long daylight hours, peepers at dusk, fireflies, hiking, boating, swimming, garden tours, chamber music, plays, art and crafts fairs, book sales, antiques, fine dining. You name it, we have it!

 

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My Grandmother’s Tourtiere, French Canadian Meat Pie (& other recipes)

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An old family recipe that has been traditionally served at Christmas Eve.

Mémé’s Good Times Tourtiere

           Meat Pies, (or tourtiere) are a traditional French Canadian dish, a treat that was served in our family on Christmas Eve and other special occasion. There is nothing better than a family recipe that has been handed down, and this one takes a little time, but is worth the effort, and you can even make it vegetarian! This is my version as I have substituted the local ground turkey for the beef and pork, but if you eat red meat, you may use it here; there are many options for locally raised, sustainable meats.

            This makes two bountiful pies, and they freeze well.

One large luscious onion, diced

1 tbsp. duck fat or olive oil

2 pounds Vermont ground turkey

1 pound fresh Vermont pork sausage, broken up

1 tbsp. poultry seasoning

1 tsp. dried sage, or 1 tbsp. fresh, minced

½ tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground cloves

1 tsp. hot Hungarian paprika (my addition!)

Salt and pepper to taste

1 large bay leaf

Chicken stock or water to almost cover, about two cups (homemade is best!)

One sleeve crackers smashed into crumbs

1 cup local, organic diced potatoes, precooked but still a bit firm

2 Double butter crust pastry recipes

Egg wash

 

Sautee the onion in the fat in a large pan. Add the turkey burger, sausage, spices, and enough stock to just cover with bits poking their heads up. You can also use just plain water here, that’s what my grandmother used. Bring to boil, cover, reduce, and slow cook on low heat, covered, about an hour, stirring now and then. The house will smell like Christmas Eve!

Remove the lid, stir, and remove some of the fat and liquid that has accumulated. Add crackers and potatoes. Stir well, and spoon back a little of the liquid if need be. The mixture should be very soft and moist, but with no visible pools of liquid.

Pour into two prepared bottom crusts and make smooth. Add the top crusts, and always a little pastry decoration. This is, after all, holiday food, so it should look as pretty as it tastes. I like to decorate with little leaves made from the pastry trimmings. Brush all with an egg wash made of an exquisite organic egg and a little cold water.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 to 50 minutes. It should be golden brown! Check when the house starts to smell really good.

Let set at least 20 minutes before cutting. Traditionally, this was served with a brown gravy, but I like it much better with a wild foraged hen-of-the woods mushroom gravy on the side.

I’ve also made this with the Gimme Me Lean Soy Sausage in place of the meat, and I’ve made it with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Baking Mix pie crust. It will works!

 

My grandmother Dolora around 1930. Many of her recipes, from her own mother, have been handed down in our family.
My grandmother Dolora around 1930. Many of her recipes, from her own mother, have been handed down in our family.

 

Other tempting and popular recipes

from Readmore Bed & Breakfast Inn:

*Please click on the title or the photo for the complete recipe.

 

Fiddleheads and Poached Eggs, here’s a recipe featuring a New England Delicacy!

New England's spring delicacy, fiddlehead ferns! Enhanced with local mushrooms and first-of-the season asparagus, topped with poached eggs for great flavor.
New England’s spring delicacy, fiddlehead ferns! Enhanced with local mushrooms and first-of-the season asparagus, topped with poached eggs for great flavor.

 

Mom’s Secret Recipe Baking Powder Biscuits

Light and fluffy, these baking powder biscuits can be enhanced with cheese or herbs.
Light and fluffy, these baking powder biscuits can be enhanced with cheese or herbs.

 

OK, you’ve got the biscuits, now you need some Zesty Lemon Curd to enhance them!

One of our favorite enhancements at Afternoon Tea at Readmore.
One of our favorite enhancements at Afternoon Tea at Readmore.

 

 

Maple Baked Egg Cups, a recipe for success!

Maple Baked Egg Cups - A little sweet, a little savory, a lot of Vermont flavor!
Maple Baked Egg Cups – A little sweet, a little savory, a lot of Vermont flavor! 

Quick Strawberry Balsamic Jam

It's Strawberry Season in Vermont, a special kind of hunting season...

It’s Berry Season in Vermont, a special kind of hunting season…Above, Brandied Cherries will come alive in about six months, and strawberry jam will be appreciated all year long.

 

 

 Afternoon Tea? A Primer for the Unexperienced

High Tea? Afternoon Tea? Cream Tea? What in the world are we talking about? And how can we entertain with elegance and simplicity?
High Tea? Afternoon Tea? Cream Tea? What in the world are we talking about? And how can we entertain with elegance and simplicity? 

Local Cheese Platter: How to Create a lovely presentation

A platter of local cheeses is always quickly devoured at a party, or even a simple family supper.
A platter of local cheeses is always quickly devoured at a party, or even a simple family supper.