Virginia Willis Blog

Recipes: Vegetables

Chill Out: Summer Small Plates

Whew. Last week was a blur in NYC. I had a great time hosting Cooking Today for Martha Stewart Radio interspersed with various meetings and eatings. The meetings went great and the eatings were delicious. Stay tuned for more exciting events this fall! Dining was mostly low key, but a couple of the highlights included… Read more »

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4G Summer: Glorious, Gardening, Grilling, & Garlic + Three Condiment Recipes

Life is Good This summer has been glorious. Life is good, love is good, work is good. I am happy. The past weeks have been filled with lots of gardening and grilling. I absolutely love to dig in the dirt. It’s so therapeutic. I can’t tend a houseplant to save my life, but vegetables? Love…. Read more »

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Three Asparagus Recipes and Four Centuries of Cookbooks

Simple Things The first time I saw asparagus growing I couldn’t believe my eyes. My friend Tim and I were touring the kitchen gardens at Monticello and there it was, popping up out of the ground one spear at  a time. I was awestruck. Sometimes the simplest of things can be absolutely astonishing. Hanging on the… Read more »

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Twilight: End of Summer Garden

It’s that twilight time in the garden and at the farmer’s markets. The magic in-between time that gently divides the seasons. The summer darlings such as heirloom tomatoes, vibrant peppers, and the last stubby fingers of okra sit adjacent to mottled wild pears, aubergine-colored scuppernongs bursting with sweet juice, and tender, young winter squash. The… Read more »

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