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Recipe Index

The recipes come from our blog Rappahannock Cook & Kitchen Gardener. There we also chronicle happenings in the kitchen garden - tracking its progresses (or set-backs) throughout the seasons, growing & cooking tips, seasonal recipes, occasional visits to other kitchen gardens, food discoveries in the Virginia Northern Piedmont area & locavore musings… and other topics related to “real” food. The recipes use local ingredients, but not exclusively and I freely use local food that has been home-preserved, such as frozen fruit, jam, canned tomatoes etc- food that’s home-grown but used outside of its original season.

Click on the recipe name to be taken to the recipe page. You may then need to scroll down the page, past the introduction, to see the recipe.  If you use a recipe, do post a comment on how it turned out for you! Feedback’s always appreciated.


Updated: November 9, 2012


Appetizer/ First Course

© Deviled Eggs

© Green Salad with Baked Goat Cheese on Croutes

© Melon & Virginia Country Ham Salad with Combava (Kaffir Lime) Leaf Dressing

© Pork Rillettes

© Tomato Tatin



© Apple & Carrot Soup

© Fennel Scented Carrot Soup

© Leeks & Sunchoke Soup

© Mushroom & Spinach Soup

© Oxtail Soup

© Cream of Radish Leaf Soup

© Vietnamese-Inspired Rice and Chicken Soup

© Tomatillo Chicken Soup

© Tomatillo Corn Chowder

© Early Fall Tomato Soup

© Sorrel Vichyssoise


Vegetable (Side or Main)

© Roasted Cauliflower with Ginger & Garlic Dressing

© Fall Salads

© End of Winter Green Salad with Duck Breast & Potatoes in Duck Fat

© Reunion Island Onion & Lemon Salad

© Morels in Cream

© Spicy okra

© Homemade Sauerkraut

© Vegetarian Winter Stir Fry with Buckwheat Noodles

© Fall Rainbow Stir Fry (with Chicken)

© Really Good Spaghetti (Tomato) Sauce

© Savory Oven Tomato Preserve

© Rougail Zucchini (Fresh Spicy Zucchini Relish/Salsa)




© Summer Sandwich Buns



Meat, Poultry & Seafood


© Roast Chicken (and meals for one week)

© True Coq au Vin



© Smoking Bacon

© Pork Rillettes

© Pork Roast: Spit Roasting a Whole Pig

© Chayote Shoots with Ginger Pork

© Pork Chops with Chunky Pepper Tomatillo Sauce



© Red Cooked Beef With Sweet Potatoes

© Oxtail Soup

© Beef Tongue



© Spit-Roasting a Whole Lamb also see the March 2011 Newsletter (approx. 300 KB):



© Fried Oysters



© Roasted Rabbit

© Venison Chili with Vanilla Bean & Cocoa



Beverages: Juices, Syrups, Smoothies & Cordials (Liquors)

© Autumn Olive Juice

© Sour Cherry Liqueur

© Elder Blossom Lemonade

© Elder Blossom Syrup

© Ruby Lemonade

© Lemon-Verbena Syrup

© Homemade Lemon Liqueur (Limoncello)

© Peach Liqueur

© Rhubarb Syrup

© Rhubarb Cordial

© Super Easy Smoothie (also snack or breakfast)

© Lemon-Verbena Strawberry Liqueur

© Cranberry Shrub


Sauces, Condiments & Pickles

© Jerusalem Artichoke Pickles

© Sweet & Sour Pickled Lime

© Spicy Pickled Lime Réunion Island Style

© Peach Chutney

© Peach Salsa

© Spicy Peanut & Lemon Basil Pesto

© Gusto’s Hot Pepper Sauce

© Sylvie’s Hot Red Pepper Sauce

© Pickled Peppers & Marinated Peppers (2 recipes + preserving peppers)

© Quick Pickled Radish Salsa

© Fresh Simmered Tomato Sauce

© Tomato Paste

© Tomato Paste (another version)

© Thoughts on Canning Tomatoes (Tips & Tricks)


Desserts & Sweets

© Classic Chocolate Mousse

© Pawpaw Parfait

© Lemon-Verbena Poached Peaches

© Rhubarb Compote

© Greek-Style Yogurt with Vanilla Bean & ‘Tristar’ Strawberry Compote

© Homemade Yogurt

© Vanilla Crepes with Almond Creme and with Maple Caramelized Apples



© Sour Cherry Cake

© Chocolate & Almond Cake (Reine de Saba)

© Cookies: Butter Cookies from Brittany

© Cookies: Cornmeal Cranberry Lemon Thyme Cookies

© Rustic Summer Fruit Tart

© Tiny Jam & Fruit Tartelettes

© Nectarine & Almond Cake

© Very Easy Rustic Peach Tart

© Ginger Custard Pear Tart

© Upside Down Pineapple Cake  (for a crowd as well as individual sized cake)

© Maple Vanilla Baked Custard

© Upside Down Plum Spiced Cake

© Rusty’s Italian Plum Cake

© Reine de Saba Cake

© Fresh Strawberry & Ginger Rhubarb Tart


Sorbets & Ice-Cream

© Minty Green Apple Sorbet

© Peachy-Wild Berries Jubilee

© Minty Wild Blackberry Sorbet

© Blueberry Ice-cream

© Blueberry Sherbet

© Ginger Ice-Cream With Sautéed Asian Pears

© White Peach Sorbet

© Tequila Yellow Plum Sorbet

© Quince Ice-Cream

© Honey Rhubarb Frozen Yogurt

© Sour Cherry Ice-Cream (without an ice-cream maker)

© Strawberry Sorbet

© Lavender Wineberry Sorbet


Jam, Jelly & Other Confections

© Autumn Olive Jam

© Red Currant Jelly

© Ground Cherry Jam

© Fig Jam with Lemon and Sweet Wine

© Meyer Lemon Curd

© Meyer Lemon Marmalade

© Pumpkin Ginger Preserve

© Green Tomato Jam with Baby Ginger




© Quick Chicken Broth

© Kaffir Lime Dressing

© Homemade Farm Cheese

© Two-herb Mongolian Green Sauce

© Four-Herb Mongolian Green Sauce