SPILLING THE BEANS

Inching toward a plant-based, whole grain life.

For a really super bowl, start with Cincinnati Sans Carne

This vegetarian take on a traditional, spicy Cincinnati Chili uses mushrooms instead of meat, and spaghetti squash instead of spaghetti.

North African spices, heat add zip to butternut stew

The gentle thickening with cornstarch created a wonderfully silky sauce, and the squash retained it shape and texture.

Pork pie recipe forges a new path to a delicious tradition

This quest was passed to my brothers who, in turn, tried their hand at creating that most elusive, perfect meat pie, the one from our childhood, the one to which all others must be compared.

World peace just may start with pie

If John Kerry called and asked me to help end Syria's civil war, I'd bring this coconut custard pie.

Sausage gravy: It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas

My favorite recipe calls for an extra shot of poultry seasoning and hits of nutmeg and hot sauce in the gravy, suspending the sausage in a creamy, decadent blanket of Christmas.

Aunt Iris' penuche — brown sugar fudge that makes one sweet gift

With a butterscotch and subtle maple flavor, it's so decadently sweet, really just a lump of sugar studded with toasty walnuts, but it's so delicious.

In Turkey Tetrazzini, Thanksgiving leftovers go from burden to blessing

It combines common holiday leftovers with some delicious add-ins to create a dish you can freeze, then, sometime in January, bake and enjoy the delayed fruits of your labor.

New meets old in a pie made with squash and oatmeal

Butternut squash pie seems to have fallen by the wayside but when I was a kid, we never ate pumpkin pie. It was always squash.

Feeding the wild vegetarian at your holiday table

You don't have to shove tradition aside entirely, you just have to add some delicious food that doesn't contain meat, and some other great meatless dishes that don't call for dairy products.

Make room for farro at your Thanksgiving table

This coarse, hulled wheat with an Italian pedigree brings a rather neutral flavor, but a delightfully chewy texture to the party.

Believe what you read: Tortellini soup is as good as it sounds

It isn't always true that when I have that reaction to a recipe, I am rewarded with deliciousness when I prepare it. But sometimes, as with this soup, my gustatory instincts are spot on.

Sam I am, I do like green pea soup with ham

Pea soup, for me, is a natural choice this time of year. It's inexpensive. It's easy to make. And it helps me remember that I should never judge anything by what it looks like.

Herb harvest inspires pesto and frozen cubes of fresh flavor

So now that I'm staring down the throat of winter and feel the first frost looming like a full moon over Fishers Island Sound, the thought of losing one flavorful leaf is unbearable.

Hoorah for the crimson! You just can't beat beets

I prefer them roasted, which preserves all that umami sweetness and royal purple-pink color.

Two birds, one stone: Baking and freezing zucchini bread for the holidays

You're going to need hostess gifts and a little something for teachers, co-workers, friends and family, so why not turn the overabundance now into thoughtful, delicious presents you'll be so happy to have on hand later.

When it comes to summer squash, make mine crookneck

My mom and dad anticipated the arrival of those bright yellow, bumpy gems the way the rest of us looked forward to Christmas.

It's a relish! It's a sauce! It's a miracle! It's eggplant caponata

This sweet-and-sour relish that's also a very fine pasta sauce, crostini or pizza topper will convert even the most eggplant averse.

Leftover sweet corn? That's just crazy talk

But when it happens, cut the kernels off the cob, put them into a zip-top bag and freeze them for the cornless months, which always come much too soon.

Maine Blueberry Cake is almost as good as being there

This light cake, thanks to the beaten egg whites, is as delicious for breakfast as it is for dessert.

A crunchy, spicy salad that's better than a bunny in your living room

When you're having one of those days, you really appreciate something delicious to help realign your universe.