Butter Cookies with Christmas Jam

How to Host a Holiday Cookie Swap

Cookie Break Holidays can be a hectic time. Between the hustle and bustle of shopping, decorating, and spreading holiday cheer, who doesn’t deserve a cookie break? But with everything going on, spending hours in the kitchen cooking batch after batch of all your favorite holiday cookies just sounds exhausting. If you’d rather spend your time decking… more

cranberry orange scones recipe

Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe

Scents of the Holidays… There are certain aromas that become inextricably linked to the holidays. The fresh, sharp smell of a fir tree decorated with care. The spicy, sweet scent of gingerbread men cooling on the counter, waiting to be frosted. The warm, inviting fragrance of mulled apple cider, ready and waiting to thaw winter… more

Vermont Country Store Christmas Food Catalog

The Christmas Foods That Time Forgot

Why is it that some Christmas foods… have become beloved traditions while others have fallen out of favor and landed on the Isle of Misfit…Recipes? Take mincemeat pie, figgy pudding, and fruitcake for example. Despite heated debates over fruitcake in particular, these earthy, spiced desserts show up on dessert tables around the world. And if… more

Cheddar Popover

Cheddar Popovers: Impress Your Guests

Although seen traditionally as an accompaniment for roast beef, popovers are a versatile alternative to breads and rolls at mealtime and they’re easy to make. When you’re pinched for time putting together Thanksgiving dinner, let popovers be your secret weapon. Mix up a batch quickly and put them in the oven, which will give you… more

illustration of the Vermont Country Store in fall

Lost and Found Apples

How many kinds of apples are there? If you’re like most people, you can think of a half-dozen or so: Gala, Granny Smith, McIntosh, Red Delicious…you know, the ones you see in the grocery store. You might even guess that there are a few dozen more varieties that you don’t see that often. Not even… more

3 chocolate acorns cookies

Easy-to-Make Cookies Inspired by Fall

Leaves are falling and so are we…for these delicious fall inspired treats! When fall settles in, the air in Vermont takes on a crispness that’s felt even on the warmest days. When the sun is shining in brilliant blue skies, and the trees are heavy with apples and fire bright leaves, that crispness feels just… more

apples from the orchard

Spicy Applesauce

We’re at the start of apple season in Vermont, and orchards across the state are getting ready to greet thousands of people who pick their own. You almost always pick more than you can eat, so it’s helpful to have some go-to apple recipes that are simple, tasty and healthy that everyone loves. Applesauce fits… more

Vermont woods

Wild Spring Greens with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Preparing a salad with wild greens and herbs is a tasty way to learn about foraging in Vermont. Dandelion greens, a wild chicory, are ubiquitous; purslane grows in everyone’s gardens; and watercress can be found in local streambeds. Blend these with wild herbs such as mint, thyme, and parsley and then combine with early spring… more

Clam and Cod Chowder

Clam and Cod Chowder

It may come as some surprise that Vermonters are quite fond of seafood. Despite being the only New England state without a coast, fish and other fruits of the sea sneak their way into our diet fairly frequently. One tasty, satisfying and economical way to enjoy it in the winter is with a hearty chowder… more

Vermont Shepherd's Pie

Vermont Shepherd’s Pie

The ultimate comfort dish, shepherd’s pie is easy to make ahead, loved by kids and adults and satisfyingly filling. As many version of shepherd’s pie exist as there are layers of an onion, and variations are found in almost every cuisine around the world. In Vermont and traditionally, shepherd’s pie is made from lamb (when… more