Author: Alison Boyd

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Savory, Spring

Risotto Primavera

When late April hits and we have a few warm days, I start scouring the roadside stands for signs that fresh asparagus has arrived. I had my heart set on making a spring vegetable risotto for May and the press deadline left little wiggle room for finding my prize. A knock on the door and […]

Sesame Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Spring, Stew, Vegetarian

Let Plants Nurture You

As we head into spring, I am craving lighter meals with a comfort factor to see us through this fickle weather. Both of this month’s featured recipes are plant-based and quickly prepared with store cupboard staples. One-bowl, one-pot chickpea and spinach stew is vibrant with spices and the first of the local spinach. Hearty organic […]

Pizza Rustica
Savory, Spring

Easter, Inspired By Family & Friends

I have been enjoying my friend Patty Zelinski’s Italian-influenced comfort dishes for more than three decades, and this month she shares her family recipe for Pizza Rustica. For me, nothing compares to her magnificent Easter feasts, and I particularly enjoy this delicious pie. In fact, I must restrain myself from consuming too much, as I […]

Coffee & Pecan Cake with Baileys Buttercream
Cake, Dessert

Coffee and Pecan Cake with Baileys Buttercream

In a surprise twist, this coffee cake actually includes coffee in the ingredient list! Based on a traditional British favorite, I have substituted pecans in place of walnuts and added Bailey’s Liqueur to the buttercream frosting. This rich and moist cake is best served in small slices, with a fresh brewed cup of your favorite […]

Lunch, Vegetarian, Winter

Wonderful Polenta!

The bleak days of winter call for warm and comforting dishes. After the festive feasting, let’s take a leaf from our forebears’ book and embrace nourishing staples that store well over the winter and can be turned into inexpensive and filling meals.  The Italians gave us polenta, yellow flint corn that is coarsely ground and […]

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Breads, Soup, Winter

Spice Up Your Soup for a Fortifying Winter

In amongst the holiday feasting, I make space for simple suppers of salads and soups and bread. This vibrant sweet potato soup combines festive spices with creamy coconut milk and a touch of ginger, garlic, and turmeric to boost your immune system in the colder months. The oatmeal soda bread mixes up and bakes quickly […]

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Cake, Dessert, Winter

A Perfect Cake for the Holidays

by Alison Boyd-Savage If you are looking for one great cake to carry you through the holidays, then look no further. Even if you are not a fan of fruit cake, you will love this wonderful recipe that bears no resemblance to the typical offerings you may be familiar with, which are so dense they […]

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Autumn, Featured, Vegetarian

Chickpeas to the Rescue

Lately I have been making vegetarian dishes a main part of my diet. With overconsumption of meat being a major driver of climate change, going meatless for at least some of your meals is an important choice we can make for a sustainable future.   Living here on the North Fork, we are blessed with […]

Paella Ingredients
Fish, Lunch

Spanish-Style Seafood Stew

Perfect for early fall, this Mediterranean-style fish stew is a combination of some of my favorite flavors and is perfect for a celebratory meal with friends or family. Succulent local squid, clams and monkfish, paired with shrimp and mussels, are simmered in a rich garlicky sauce of late-season tomatoes. The scarcity of this wonderful dish […]

A Corn and Onion Tart
Autumn, Lunch, Pies, Savory, Summer

A Late Summer’s Tart

There’s nothing more satisfying in late August and early September than a warm picnic that can be brought with you on excursions with friends to our myriad local beaches, parks and hiking trails, or simply to a cosy backyard where social distancing is still a comforting option. Savory tarts are a great base for experimenting […]