Yep, it's Spring!

It's easy to live a vintage life in the country.  For example, our house comes with some property and on it, a little forest....more

Pecan Maple Cream Tassies

It's the first Thursday of the month which means it is time for our monthly Fill the Cookie Jar post, where a group of bloggers get together and post a cookie recipe based on a monthly theme. And the theme for November is Thanksgiving. I bet you didn't see that one coming. And what do we have for dessert in most American households on Thanksgiving? ...more

Maple Syrup Season Has Arrived

Three years in a row now we have been tapping the maple trees on our property to produce maple syrup. We do it to get just enough for us and to give a few bottles away. This year started later than usual because of our ridiculously cold weather. It's March and we have had nights close to zero and days barely above 20 degrees. We really need it to be below freezing at night and above freezing during the day to get the sap running. This year we tapped 20 trees and we boiled down approximately 18 gallons. We now have around 50 ounces of yummy maple syrup....more

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecan and Maple

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with a Maple VinaigretteLast weekend, I was searching for a flavorful side to go with pork tenderloin. I wanted something that was savory because I find pork tenderloin to be somewhat bland. I turned to a cookbook entitled, Ottolenghi: The Cookbook. The recipes in this cookbook are wonderful because the full flavor of each ingredient is distinctly tasted. As Yotam Ottolenghi states in the forward to the cookbook, the recipes represent all the different aspects of their restaurant’s food – “vibrant, bold and honest.”...more

Sweet and Savory Breakfast Bread Pudding

Brunch, that combination of breakfast and lunch, is a very popular way of entertaining.  I wondered what the origins of brunch were. As it turns out, there is no clear cut answer to this question. Some food historians say the roots come from England’s hunt traditions.  Multi-course meals were served late in the morning after a hunting expedition. Others say the roots stem from the Catholic tradition of fasting before mass and then eating a large breakfast after mass....more

Fall Baking: Apple Cake With Maple Praline Glaze

Fall is my favorite time of the year; and by my estimation the best season in the northeastern part of the country. The air is crisp and clean, which allows me to sleep with the windows open. The leaves start to don their crimson and gold color; and the apple trees are laden with their sweet juicy harvest. ...more
Thanks Ahnea.  I hope you'll try the cake it is really delicious.  P.S.  I love Polish pottery, ...more

Maple Syrup: It's Benefits and Uses

When I am cooking for my children and the recipe calls for sugar, I usually avoid adding overprocessed, white sugar.  I am always looking for ways to sweeten cookies, muffins, and pancakes with alternatives like applesauce, honey, and maple syrup.  The more and more I use maple syrup, the more I like it! ...more

Mashed Maple Sweet Potatoes With Toasted Pecans

[Editor's Note: For those of us in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Giants World Series win was a holiday in itself. Their run for the World Series inspired this orange-themed sweet potato dish, which would be just as much at home on a Thanksgiving table as it would have been at a Giants celebration. --Genie]...more
This looks great and I'm putting this recipe on my "to-do" list.  It's been great sharing the ...more

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Fresh Herbs

I really don’t know why brussels sprouts have such a bad rap. It’s like somewhere along the line all the other veggies got together and said, OK let’s gang up on our small green friend. And for no good reason! Poor brussels sprouts!...more

Maple Cayenne Roasted Cauliflower

You guys. I have a secret...I don't like cauliflower.Scratch that. I didn't like cauliflower. Until now....more