Starters & Party Snacks

Parsnip “Popcorn”

You know how parsnips taper dramatically from top to tail, becoming slender halfway down? This snack is a perfect use for the lower skinny ends…

Fermented Miso

Tomato Miso Bread


1 loaf of sourdough or fermented bread from a local bakery
4–5 ripe heirloom tomatoes (can be from the freezer from summer harvest)
1 cup miso, matured at least 6 months if homemade
1 cup unsalted butter, softened….

Caponata Stuffed Baby Bell Peppers

This makes a great small-plate appetizer or a first course. If you have larger peppers in your garden, this can be made into a main course, paired with a soup or salad…

Lentil Tahini Wraps

For the lentils

1 cup caviar black or pardina brown lentils
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon olive oil
Salt to taste…

Dharma Ridge Farm Beet and Mystery Bay Goat Cheese Napoleon


3 large Golden beets
12 ounces Finnriver Fire Barrel cider
1⁄4 cup granulated sugar
6 ounces Mystery Bay goat cheese, softened
4 teaspoons minced fresh chives
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
4 turns freshly ground black pepper
3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
kosher salt, to taste
chopped, toasted hazelnuts for garnish…


This classic leek tart comes from the Picardy region of Northern France. I’ve changed it up a little by omitting the traditional top crust, adding a little cheese to the bottom crust, and sprinkling some pancetta and chives into the leek filling for greater depth of flavor.

Smoked Salmon and Quinoa Sliders with Herbed Sour Cream

These mini sliders are an addictive little patty packed with protein and vitamin-rich salmon and quinoa, perfect for special weekday lunches or substantial party snacks.

Smoked Trout Bruschetta with Fennel Dill Slaw

This appetizer comes together quickly and easily. The fennel dill slaw is the true star here, and often I’ll prepare it as a simple salad to start a meal. Toasted slices of baguette are lathered with creme fraiche, then topped with smoked trout — or smoked salmon if you prefer…

Hazelnut Lemon Thyme Crackers

This simple cracker recipe is essentially a savory twist on the old-school refrigerator cookie—as easy as it gets. Different types of thyme can be used for slightly different flavors. I have regular thyme, lemon thyme and even lime thyme in my garden…

Crisp Freekeh Zucchini Cakes

Here’s my advice: Make a double batch of these addicting whole-grain patties; they’re a crowd pleaser. They’re wonderful warm with a sprinkling of finishing salt, or served alongside a hearty soup for a light lunch or dinner…

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