Medeiros’s New Book “The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook”

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A Culinary Adventure
Author Tracey Medeiros is shown here at a book-signing event at the Woodstock Inn & Resort last Saturday for her new book, “The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook,” published earlier this month. The book, with 125 recipes, is designed to take you on a culinary adventure throughout the Green Mountain State and emphasizes the importance of healthy, fresh food. More information is at www.traceymedeiros.com or on Twitter: @tmedeirosvt. Noella May Pickett Photo

Turkey Recipe To Help You With Those Leftovers

Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most anticipated meals of the year.  This Green Mountain Sandwich with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette will transform your leftover turkey into a delicious, exciting meal.

The earthy caramelized onions and maple balsamic vinaigrette add a subtle sweetness to the sandwich.  The peppery flavor of the arugula provides the perfect balance alongside the tart apple slices and roast turkey.  This dressing makes more than you will need for the sandwiches.  Use the leftovers as a marinade for chicken or as a dressing for local greens.

Green Mountain Sandwich with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

From The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook (Skyhorse Publishing, Oct 2017) by Tracey Medeiros.

Makes 4 sandwiches

Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Makes about 3 cups

2/3 cup high-quality balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (equal parts grainy and smooth, combined)

1 1/4 cups sunflower oil, preferably non-GMO

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Caramelized Onions

Makes about 1 cup

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 pound yellow or white onions, halved and sliced into 1/8-inch-thick half-rounds

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Green Mountain Sandwich

4 slices of Vermont cheddar cheese

2 1/2 ounces thinly sliced roasted turkey, for each sandwich, homemade or store-bought*

1 Granny Smith apple, cored and cut into 1/8-inch slices

1 1/4 cups packed arugula

8 slices of bread, such as rye or multigrain, toasted

Pickles, optional

To make the dressing: Place the vinegar, maple syrup, and mustards in a blender and pulse until combined. While the machine is running, slowly add the oil until a creamy vinaigrette forms. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Note: If you are roasting the turkey yourself, caramelize the onions while the turkey is roasting in the oven.

To caramelize the onions: Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Reduce the heat to low and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft and caramelized, about 60 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove the onions from the heat and set aside.

To assemble the sandwich: Evenly divide the cheese on 4 slices of bread; top with turkey, apple slices, caramelized onions, and arugula. Drizzle each with the maple balsamic vinaigrette to taste. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with the remaining bread slices. Serve with a pickle on the side, if desired.

Variation: Note: You will need to brine the turkey for 3 days before you intend to serve the sandwiches.

Brine

4 cups vegetable broth

1/2 cup kosher salt

1/2 cup organic cane sugar

1/4 lemon, cut into thin slices

1/2 tablespoon molasses

1 pound local antibiotic- and hormone-free turkey breast

To brine the turkey breast: Combine the vegetable broth, salt, sugar, lemon slices, and molasses in a medium stockpot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from the heat and let cool on the countertop for 30 minutes, then refrigerate until the brine is cold, about 30 minutes. Place the turkey breast in the brine, cover, and refrigerate for 3 days, turning the meat halfway through brining. Remove the turkey breast from the brine and pat dry with paper towels, discarding the remaining brine. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook the meat until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit, about 70 minutes. Allow the turkey to rest for 15 minutes, then thinly slice the meat, as needed, for sandwiches.

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Easiest Thanksgiving Side Dish

BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH A CREAMY SRIRACHA DIPPING SAUCE

From The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook (Skyhorse Publishing, October 2017).

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This dipping sauce is smooth and creamy with a tangy heat and a hint of sweetness that pairs perfectly with the earthy Brussels sprouts.

Serves 4 as a side dish

Brussels Sprouts

1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise

3 medium garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil, melted 

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Creamy Sriracha Dipping Sauce

Makes about 1/2 cup

1/4 cup sour cream

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/2 teaspoon prepared horseradish

1/2 teaspoon sriracha sauce

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or chili powder

To make the Brussels sprouts:  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the Brussels sprouts, garlic, and oil until well combined.  Place the Brussels sprouts on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer, cut side down.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Bake in the oven, stirring occasionally, until crispy and golden brown, about 20 minutes.  Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper to taste.

While the Brussels sprouts are roasting, make the dipping sauce: In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream, mayonnaise, horseradish, sriracha sauce, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper, until well combined.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve the Brussels sprouts at once with the creamy sriracha dipping sauce on the side.

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Eggs-cellent Quiche at Nest Coffee & Bakery

If you need a place to sit with your computer or over coffee with friends, go to @NestCB, Essex Junction.  At this 20-seat spot, you can expect wooden tables (including a long communal table), comfy chairs, and big sofas.  It is a casual spot where you order at the counter.  This coffee-focused bakery serves egg sandwiches in the form of a muffin, espresso cookies, quiche, and more. Today, I enjoyed the house-made quiche which was generously filled with potatoes, caramelized onions, and corn.  This savory dish had the perfect balance of flaky crust, creamy custard, and rustic appearance.  It pairs well with the Nest's perfect pour over coffee. 

Nest Coffee & Bakery: 17 Main Street, Essex Junction

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A Breakfast Recipe To Get You Out Of Bed!

COCONUT BANANA FRENCH TOAST WITH STRAWBERRY GINGER BUTTER

AND VERMONT MAPLE SYURP

"This recipe is dairy-free and gluten free. Turmeric and banana work together in this recipe to mimic eggs that are normally the basis for French toast batter.  The bananas act as a binder, and the turmeric gives the batter a yellow tint.  At the cafe, we use a millet bread, which works great and smells amazing when it's cooking." - From The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook, recipe contributed by: Trevor Sullivan, owner, Pingala Cafe & Eatery  #eatlocal #vtmaple @vermont_maple

Click here for the recipe: https://www.traceymedeiros.com/recipe-2-coconut-banana

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NEED DINNER INSPIRATION?

Need dinner inspiration? Look no further! Check out The Farmhouse Tap & Grill's Spiced Lamb Burgers with Feta and Olive Relish and Herb Yogurt recipe featured in The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook!  These succulent and vibrantly flavored lamb burgers have a Greek twist reminiscent of a lamb gyro pita sandwich. Get the recipe here: 
https://www.traceymedeiros.com/recipe-11-spiced-lamb-burgers 

Enjoy! #eatlocal #neighborlyfarms @FHTGburlington @skyhorsepub 

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Maple Oatmeal Tart paired with 14th Star Maple Breakfast Stout and more at Oktoberfest Vermont's Meet Your Maker VIP Benefit Dinner

What a delightful way to celebrate the last day of summer - a delicious four course dinner, some of the finest craft beers on the market, which have been paired with an amazing selection of savory dishes, topped off by a breathtaking view.

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The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook Launch

I’m so excited to announce THE VERMONT NON-GMO COOKBOOK FARMHOUSE DINNER with Chef Jason Tostrup on Saturday, September 23 at Okemo Mountain Resort's Coleman Brook Tavern (with featured partners: Blake Hill Preserves, Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company, and SILO Vodka)!  Hope you can join me - it is going to be a delicious night!

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One of the country's leading artisan preserve and marmalade makers, Blake Hill is a third generation English fruit preservatory in Vermont and will be serving their scrumptious products at the event!

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Through a marriage of authentic cheese making practices and innovative and playful partnerships within their community, Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company (VFCC) is creating a new generation of award winning artisanal cheeses.  VFCC is the feature cheesemaker at the event! Image below: Blueberry Windsordale cheese.

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SILO Vodka is made from non-GMO corn grown by Grembowicz Farm in North Clarendon, Vermont.  Their vodka is twice distilled, bottled and labeled right in their barn in Windsor and the featured distillery at the event!

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Out and About

James Beard Foundation presents the Connecticut Farm Table Feast

On April 12, 2016 a stellar team of Nutmeg State chefs were invited to cook at the esteemed James Beard House in New York City.  The CT chefs created a meal that was inspired by The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook, a parting gift for guests at the end of the evening.  Check out the full menu from the dinner below.

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In the James Beard kitchen, featuring chefs from Arethusa Al Tavolo, Bar Sugo, Mill Street Bar and Table, South End, and Oyster Club.

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Moments before the most wonderful feast! With good friend, Claudia Baudo, Founder of Klaus & Baudo SMACKAROONS.

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Out and About

One Saturday, September 26, we had a wonderful time in the Celebrity Green Room at The Greenwich Wine + Food Festival discussing lots of food related things, including favorite ingredients, kitchen tools, and of course, cooking with my coauthor Christy Colasurdo, executive chef Erik Erlichson of Chez Vous Bistro, and editor Amy Levin-Epstein of Serendipity Magazine!

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The Greenwich Wine + Food Festival is presented by Serendipity Magazine. Proceeds from this great event benefitted Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, which serves children with serious illnesses and their families, and Greenwich Parks & Recreations.  To learn more about Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp go to: www.holeinthewallgang.org.