July 15, 2020

Crabapple Cake

Native to the Northern Hemisphere, the crabapple, also known as wild apple, is commonly used in apple orchards to help with pollination. Every sixth or seventh tree is often a crabapple, its fragrant … [Read more...]

Pickled Cabbage

Cabbage generally elicits one of two responses. Eeeew would be one and yummy would be the other. I tend to fall into the camp of the latter. I love cabbage. Which was what prompted me to first … [Read more...]


It is, perhaps, appropriate that one of my favorite pickles is jardiniere. The word is French, the feminine form of gardener, which gave me a chuckle. In English, one of the uses of the word is for … [Read more...]

Bread and Butter Pickles

The origins of this simple recipe comes from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook, which came out in the 1950s. My mother got this cookbook as a newly married woman, and her adjustments to … [Read more...]

Dilly Beans

You can pickle just about anything. This is true of green beans, sporting a whole lot of dill with just a hint of bite in this recipe, which got its start in the Ball Blue Book of Preserving. I … [Read more...]

Peach Freezer Jam

This recipe came off the bottle of pectin powder. Most pectin has recipes attached, so follow those instructions if you see they are different from these. And my ruling on this recipe: It's like … [Read more...]

Brown Bread

I've always been told this brown bread recipe was more than 100 years old. A little detective work on the history of All-Bran (what better way to spend a Friday night?), has led to the discovery that … [Read more...]

Blueberry Kuchen

It is blueberry season in Maine and showcasing this jewel is always a treat. You could go for the traditional pie, fresh or baked, but there are lots of ways to enjoy this fruit. I had three … [Read more...]

Fruit Muffins – Blueberry Edition

Sitting in the front cover of the oldest cookbook we own is this recipe on a small, slightly yellowed envelope. It’s written in my grandmother’s hand and doesn’t actually list the ingredients but … [Read more...]

Carrot Top and Basil Pesto

This may be one of the more vague recipes ever written. The original came from Ryan at Parker Family Farm. He is at the Hampden Farmers Market every Friday and had the recipe attached to the … [Read more...]