Southwestern Falafel Sandwich with Guacamole

Andrea Meyers - Southwestern Falafel Sandwich with Guacamole

I remember my first falafel in Saudi Arabia, thinking how it was like a hush puppy, only different. Perhaps a silly response, but it’s true. The texture and flavor are different, but the general idea is the same. Instead of fried balls of soaked cornmeal, it’s fried balls of soaked fava bean or chickpea meal…. 

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Steamed Asparagus with Red Onions, Almonds, and Raisins

Andrea Meyers - Steamed Asparagus with Red Onions, Almonds, and Raisins

Last spring we planted an asparagus bed, and it has really taken off. At first we only saw small tips peeping up from the soil, then they shot up to tall spears almost overnight. Now the wispy fern sways in the breeze on long thin stems and will stay around for the summer. Asparagus needs… 

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Baby Chard Salad with Asparagus, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Hot Bacon Vinaigrette

Andrea Meyers - Baby Chard Salad with Asparagus, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Hot Bacon Vinaigrette

We’ve been growing chard for a couple years now, and fortunately our chard comes back each spring. The baby leaves are as tender as any salad bowl lettuce and full of flavor, and it’s so satisfying to see the chard sprout, then pick the small, tender leaves and have them on the table in just… 

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Steamed Baby Carrots with Ginger-Garlic Butter

Andrea Meyers - Steamed Baby Carrots with Ginger-Garlic Butter

There’s something about whole baby carrots steamed with the tops on, fork tender and sweet. I adore that delicate flavor and crunch and think they really add beauty to a plate. They are like the little black dress of carrots. And many times they are insanely easy to prepare, like this recipe from Cooking Light.

Chrysalis Vineyards: A Warm Winter (Puff Pastry Breakfast Braid with Eggs, Ham, Potatoes, Mushrooms, and Goat Cheese)

Andrea Meyers - Puff Pastry Breakfast Braid with Eggs, Ham, Potatoes, Mushrooms, and Goat Cheese

It was a warm winter. Each time there was snow in the forecast, I would get excited and get my camera gear ready to set out early in the morning to visit the farms, hoping to catch some snow on the ground, clinging to the trees and vines, and resting on the fences. Instead, it… 

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Sweet Potato Souffle

Sweet Potato Souffle - Andrea Meyers

Sunday dinner, or “supper” as we called it, was always a special time for my family, the one meal that we made sure to sit down and eat together. My mother would make pot roast or fried chicken or one of our other family favorites and all the kids would argue over who got the… 

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Roasted Butternut Squash Polenta with Smoked Gouda and Sauteed Mushrooms

Andrea Meyers - Roasted Butternut Squash Polenta with Smoked Gouda and Sauteed Mushrooms

Polenta isn’t typically the first dish I think of for Thanksgiving dinner, but after tasting this baked polenta with the roasted butternut squash and smoked Gouda, I’ve changed my mind. This dish would make a delicious substitute for traditional stuffing and has a lovely rustic appearance. The combination of the roasted squash, smoked Gouda, and… 

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Country Captain Chicken

Andrea Meyers - Country Captain Chicken

Country Captain sounds like such an unusual name for a chicken dish, but once I learned the origins it made sense. A “country captain” was a captain of native troops paid by England in the colonial days, and it’s very likely that this dish or something very similar was introduced to England by a native… 

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