Virginia Willis Blog

Recipes: Vegetables

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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Labor Day Appetizers and Summer’s Sweet End

I’ve spent the summer in New England. It’s been an eye-opener on many levels. First, I was told all about the corn. “Our corn is the best in the world,” she said. In my mind, I silently dismissed it. “Oh-okay,” I responded. The half acknowledgment that conveys the unspoken sentiment, “You really don’t know what… Read more »

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Simple Summer Suppers: Everyday to Entertaining

Tonight, I’m visiting friends in Westchester, NY. It’s a somewhat cool night. Well, mostly and at least to me, who is used to Georgia in July. It is in the 90s in Atlanta and it’s in the upper-70s here. Indoors is too warm for comfort without AC, but dinner on the porch was quiet and… Read more »

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