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This week's Recipes

Meal 1

Chard and Sweet Corn Gratin


Extra-virgin olive oil

1 generous bunch (3/4 to 1 pound) Swiss or rainbow chard, stemmed and washed

Salt1/2 red bell pepper, diced

2 large garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary

1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

Black pepper

3 eggs

½ cup milk

2 to 3 ounces Gruyère, grated (1/2 to 3/4 cup), to taste

Kernels from 2 cooked ears sweet corn (1 1/2 to 2 cups)

1 ounce Parmesan, grated (1/4 cup)

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Oil a 2-quart baking dish or gratin.

  2. Blanch chard: Bring a large pot of water to a boil while you stem and wash the chard leaves. When the water comes to a boil, salt generously and add chard leaves. (Set aside stems for another use, or discard.) Blanch 1 to 2 minutes, until tender but still bright. Transfer to a bowl of cold water, then drain thoroughly and squeeze out excess water; chop medium-fine.

  3. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium skillet and add red pepper . Cook, stirring, until pepper is soft. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds to a minute, then stir in rosemary, thyme and chopped blanched chard. Season with salt and pepper and stir over medium heat until chard is nicely coated with oil, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.

  4. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, milk and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir in chard mixture and Gruyère. Stir in corn and mix well. Scrape into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle Parmesan over top and drizzle with remaining olive oil.

  5. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, until nicely browned on the top and sides. Allow to sit for at least 10 minutes before servin

Butternut Squash Soup II


2 tablespoons butte

1 small onion, chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped

1 medium carrot, chopped

2 medium potatoes, cubed

1 medium butternut squash - peeled, seeded, and cubed

1 (32 fluid ounce) container chicken stock

salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Prep25 m

Cook45 m

Ready In1 h 10 m

Melt the butter in a large pot, and cook the onion, celery, carrot, potatoes, and squash 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Pour in enough of the chicken stock to cover vegetables. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover pot, and simmer 40 minutes, or until all vegetables are tender.

Transfer the soup to a blender, and blend until smooth. Return to pot, and mix in any remaining stock to attain desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.


These mini corn muffins are extra moist thanks to the sour cream in the batter. Add fresh rosemary for a slightly different take on your standard cornbread.

Author: Lynne Webb

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12-24 muffins

Category: Baking


  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

  • 1/2 cup plain yellow cornmeal

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 large egg

  • 1-1/2 cups sour cream

  • 1-1/4 cup corn kernels (if frozen, thawed slightly and patted dry)

  • 1-2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh rosemary (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Arrange 12 – 24 silicon muffin cups (these are great for easy clean up, but certainly regular muffin cups will do) on a baking sheet and set aside.

  2. In a bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda.

  3. Next, whisk together egg, sour cream, corn and rosemary. Then mix with flour mixture until smooth – but don’t overmix. All I needed was a wire whisk.

  4. Spoon the batter into the silicon cups and bake until the tops have just begun to brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean – about 12 to 15 minutes.

  5. Let stand for about 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack. Once the muffins are completely cool, you can transfer them to storage (since they’re moist, you’re best off with an airtight container).

Butternut Banana Mash


2 lbs. butternut squash, cubed

2 Tbsp. olive oil

3 Tbsp. maple syrup

Sea salt

2 bananas, ripe or overripe, mashed

1/4 cup brown sugar (optional)

3 Tbsp. butter, melted

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place cubed squash in baking dish; drizzle with oil and maple syrup. Lightly salt.

Roast the squash, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes, until soft; cool.

In a food processor, combine the squash and the rest of the ingredients and mix well. The brown sugar is optional, depending on how sweet you like the mash.

Heat and serve

Meal 2

Mushroom Vegan Pot Pie


6 potatoes, peeled and diced

3 cloves garlic

1 tablespoon Pompeian Robust Extra Virgin Olive Oil

¼ cup diced shallot

2 whole carrots, sliced

2 stalks of celery, sliced

1 lb portobello mushrooms, sliced

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon rosemary

1 teaspoon thyme

2 cups veggie broth

2 tablespoons flour

1 tablespoon Pompeian Organic Balsamic Vinegar

1 bunch of spinach

2 tablespoons olive oil

⅓ cup almond milk

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon fresh parsley


Place potatoes and garlic in a deep skillet or a large saucepan and cover with water. Place pan on medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook until potatoes are soft, about 10 minutes; drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat oil in an oven-proof skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and cook for 3 minutes. Add carrots and celery to the pan and cook an additional 5 -7 minutes or until vegetables soften. Add mushrooms to skillet and season skillet with salt, oregano, rosemary, and thyme. Cook mushrooms until they begin to soften, or about 5 minutes.

Combine the vegetable broth and flour, whisk. Pour broth mixture into the skillet along with vinegar, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes or until sauce thickens. Add spinach; stir.

In a bowl, combine the potatoes, olive oil, almond milk, and parsley. Mash mixture until you reach the desired consistency. Dollop potato mixture over the mushroom mixture.

Heat oven to broil. Place the skillet on a middle rack and broil for 5-7 minutes or until the top is golden.

Rosemary Corn Soup

Total Time Prep: 30 min. Cook: 30 min. + cooling

Makes 8 servings


  • 2 cups chopped onions

  • 1/2 cup diced carrot

  • 1/2 cup diced celery

  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 7-1/2 cups fresh or frozen corn, divided

  • 6 cups chicken broth

  • 1 Tblsp minced fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped

  • 1 cup half-and-half cream

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large saucepan, saute onions, carrot and celery in 2 tablespoons butter until tender. Add 3-1/2 cups corn, broth, rosemary, garlic and cayenne. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Cool; process in batches in a blender or food processor until pureed. Return to the pan.

  3. In a small skillet, saute red pepper in remaining butter until tender. Add to corn mixture. Stir in cream and remaining corn; heat through, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 239 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 789mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 5g fiber), 8g protein.

Mexican-Style Lettuce Salad


8 cups torn romaine (approximately 1 heart)

1 cup frozen corn, thawed

2/3 cup black beans, rinsed and drained

1 tomato (large), chopped

1 celery rib, chopped

1 carrots, sliced thin

2/3 cup salsa

4 tablespoons sour cream

4 tablespoons ranch dressing



25 mins

  • Tear Romaine into bite size pieces and place in a large bowl.

  • Add the corn, black beans, tomatoes, celery, and carrots to the lettuce; toss to mix ingredients together.

  • Combine the salsa, sour cream, and ranch dressing; stir together until well mixed.

  • Just before serving, pour enough dressing over the salad to coat the lettuce to your taste. Use only as much as is required to coat the dressing the way you like it. You may not need to use all of it.

Serve immediately.

Brown Butter Plum/Pluot Upside Down Cake


1 ½ cups flour

1tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

1 stick of unsalted butter, browned

2T unsalted butter, softened

½ cup white sugar

½ cup brown sugar, plus 2T brown sugar for the bottom of the pan

½ cup milk of choice (I used 2%)

1tsp vanilla

1 egg

2 pluots and 2-3 plums cut in half and then sliced into thin slices


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • Brown the stick of butter and set aside to cool.

  • While butter is cooling, grease the bottom and sides of an 8” round cake pan and then line the bottom with wax paper or parchment paper. An easy way to do that is to trace the bottom of the cake pan on a sheet of the paper you are using and then cut it out. It will fit perfectly.

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream ½ cup of brown butter (I added the browned butter solids too, but you may not want to if you don’t like the flavor of them), the softened butter and the sugars together. Add the egg, vanilla and milk and mix well.

  • In another bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking powder together. Add ? of the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and gently stir in, continue with the second third and then the last of the flour.

  • Sprinkle 2T of brown sugar all over the bottom of your pan. Begin to place the fruit slices in a pretty patterned circle around the edge of the pan. Fill in the center of the pan with more fruit slices. Sprinkle any extra fruit over the top of the fruit pattern. Drizzle ? cup of the brown butter over the fruit.

  • Pour the batter over the fruit and gently spread it out evenly.

  • Bake in the center of the oven for 30 minutes until the top is evenly browned and the middle of the cake has set.

  • Let it cool for at least 15 minutes and then turn out onto a plate. Enjoy!

Meal 3

Roasted Butternut Squash and Swiss Chard

Prep Time: 45 mins Cook Time: 45 mins Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes Yield: 4-6 servings


A wonderful combination of flavors and colors from roasted butternut squash, Swiss chard, garlic, shallots, dried cranberries and pine nuts.


  1. 3 cups butternut squash, large cubes (about 1 large squash)

  2. 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, separated

  3. 1 – 2 large shallots quartered, about 1 cup

  4. 4 large cloves of garlic, skinned and left whole

  5. 1 ½ teaspoons seasoned salt (we used Lawry’s brand)

  6. 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary

  7. 1 large head Swiss chard, stems 1 inch diced and leaves roughly chopped (about 6-8 cups)

  8. ¼ cup toasted pine nuts

  9. 1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage

  10. ½ cup dried cranberries

  11. ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. Peel and seed the squash and cut into large bite size chucks. Coat with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of the seasoned salt, and the rosemary and place on a sheet pan. Roast for 30 to 45 minutes until tender and caramelized. Turn squash half way through.

  3. Coat shallots, peeled whole garlic and the remaining ½ teaspoon of seasoned salt with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and place on another sheet pan. Roast for 20-30 minutes turning half way through. (Note: The squash and the garlic can be roasted at the same time.)

  4. When about 10 minutes remain until the roasted vegetables are caramelized, heat a large skillet over medium high heat and sauté chopped Swiss chard stems in the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. After 3 minutes, toss in the chopped chard leaves and chopped sage and cook for another 1-2 minutes, turning the chard as it cooks with a pair of tongs. Do not over cook.

  5. Add in roasted vegetables, toasted pine nuts and cranberries. Toss over heat to incorporate ingredients for one more minute.

  6. Remove from heat and add in crumbled goat cheese. Serve immediately.

Corn, Tomato, Celery and Onion Salad – Gluten-Free

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Makes 4 – 6 servings

Serving Size: 1/2 cup


15 Ounces Corn Kernels, canned, drained

3/4 Cup Diced Tomato, drained

1/4 Cup Celery, chopped

1/4 Cup Sweet Onion, chopped

1 Teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Salt, or minced fresh garlic + salt

1 Dash Ground Pepper

1 Sprinkle Balsamic Vinegar


Combine ingredients.

Adjust seasonings to taste.

Chill and serve.

Glorious Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms


2 whole Portobello Mushroom Caps

Olive Oil

½ lb Bulk Italian Sausage, Or Links w Casings Removed

2 teaspoons Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

1 whole Onion

1 bulb Fresh Fennel

1 whole Bell Pepper, Any Color

3 stalks Celery, With Leaves

4 cloves Garlic

3 sprigs Rosemary

¾ cups White Wine (can Substitute Stock/broth)

½ cups Shredded Monterey Jack, Plus Extra For Sprinkling

4 slices Good Sandwich Bread, Toasted And Cubed

1 whole Egg, Lightly Beaten

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 450F.

Wipe the portobellos clean with a paper towel and scrape out the gills with a spoon. Drizzle enough olive oil in the bottom of a glass baking dish to coat. Place portobello caps in the baking dish, top down, drizzle with oil, and set aside.

Brown sausage in a large skillet with a little bit of olive oil and the crushed red pepper over medium high heat.

While the sausage is browning, dice the onion, fennel, and bell pepper, chop the celery, and slice the garlic as thin as you can get it.

Remove the rosemary leaves from the stems and finely chop. Add the veggies and garlic and rosemary to the skillet and saute with the sausage until crisp-tender, about 5-7 minutes.

Add the wine to deglaze the pan and allow to cook for another 5 minutes or so.

Stir in the shredded cheese and bread cubes. The bread cubes should soak up whatever wine remains in the pan.

Taste it at this point, and add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste (or more red pepper!). Stir in the beaten egg. The stuffing mixture should seem a little wet.

Mound stuffing mixture into portobello caps. It’s ok to pack it down a little bit to make sure that it stays in place.

Sprinkle with a little extra shredded cheese. Bake at 450F for 35-40 minutes, or until the portobello is tender and the stuffing is golden brown.

Rosemary’s Plum Gin Cocktail


1/2 a fresh plum, sliced into chunks

1 sprig of rosemary

1.5 ounces gin

.5 ounce St. Germain

2 ounces and a splash of soda water


  • fresh rosemary sprigs

  • slices of plum


  • In a cocktail shaker, combine the plum chunks and rosemary sprig with a splash of soda water. Muddle until you begin to smell the rosemary (less muddle is more - press your muddler down and give it a few gentle twists to start.)

Add several ice cubes, gin and St. Germain to the shaker. Shake or stir vigorously. Add ice cubes to a glass, then strain shaker mixture over the ice. Garnish with plum slices and/or rosemary sprigs as desired.

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