Category Archives: Canning and Preserving

Biscuit and Jam – The Biscuit Contract

I woke up this morning to my car cloaked in a glow of pink.  The sun had not yet broken the horizon and my snow-covered car received it’s kiss as it rose to greet the day. Fitting that today should also be Biscuit Contract Day on our office calendar.  This contract was agreed upon and […]

Peach Vanilla Jam – Last Days of Summer in a Jar

While we can’t hold back the tide or the change of seasons, we can bottle it for a moment and pull it off the shelf to spread on our scones in the middle of winter.  This column has one of my favorite jam recipes and thanks to a dear friend in Boothbay who has a […]

Maine Today! – Thank you, Susan

The venerable Susan Axelrod of Maine Today and the blog Spoon and Shutter visited us for our Camden Windjammer Festival trip. The skies were a perfect blue and the winds gave her a wonderful romp on the bay.  We had a great time together and she left with elderberry stains on her hands, a host […]

Elderberries – Takes Me Back

Okay, these shrubs are huge.  When I think shrub, I imagine bushy, low to the ground, reachable… manageable even.  In contrast, the reality of my elderberry bushes are heading-to-the-sky enormous and this is only year three.  On the other hand, I have a huge amount of juicy, aubergine berries to go with my out-of-control shrubs. […]

Dear Grandma, Can I tell you about my Elderberries?

Dear Grandma, Well, the moment I’ve been dreaming about and waited on for so long has arrived and I’m about to go out to harvest my first crop of elderberries.  When I do, I’ll don a white, long sleeved shirt that Jon tossed into the rag pile, only it won’t go down to my knees […]

Ginger Thyme Granola

Good morning to my cupboard barren of cereal.  Good morning to my refrigerator bereft of milk.  I have things that I can make without going to the grocery store.  I can go one or two more days without spending money.  Today I will have Cheddar Cheese Polenta (Or maybe its grits if you are having […]

Cooking with Apple Cider – Pork Tenderloin with Apple Cider Reduction

Fresh apple cider has a very short shelf life and even changes flavor over a few days.  It is possible to use cider that’s beginning to ferment, “cider that tastes like ginger ale” as my daughter describes it, in your cooking such as with the below recipe.  The other possibility is to make apple juice, […]

Cook the Book: Nectarine Jam, Plum Preserves, and Red Pepper Jam

Nectarine Jam   This jam shouldn’t be canned due to the lower amount of sugar. 1 pound nectarines, peeled, pitted and sliced thin 1 1/4 cups sugar 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice Bring all the ingredients to a boil in a non-reactive skillet. Reduce heat and simmer until it begins to look syrupy.  Skim off any foam […]

Keeping Bees in Maine – Put to bed for the winter

Our two hives struggled this summer with a swarm, mites and robbing each other of honey, yet they still managed in their first summer to draw comb for two hives, both with two deeps (the lower boxes) and one super (the upper box.)  While we were able to harvest only a disappointing pint… total, it […]

Gifts from the Kitchen – Yummy Cookies or Granola

It’s only taken thirteen years, but I feel as if our household has finally gotten the hang of a simple Christmas, planning ahead, not taking on too much and really enjoying the days of baking and making gifts.  The girls helped me make a slew of cookie dough which we then wrapped in plastic wrap […]

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