Donalyn Ketchum

I'm 58, and along with my husband of 37 years, I live in rural Upstate NY. 

I blog about our adventures in gardening and cooking, as we work to grow and produce as much of our own food as possible.  I believe that anyone can learn to make great food for themselves and for their family, and do it without the use of prepackaged or highly processed food.  I create recipes using the freshest ingredients I can lay my hands on, and share with my readers how they can recreate these simple but deeply satisfying dishes at home.

In addition, I seek out interesting products to share with my readers, often partnering with small, interesting companies to showcase their products.  I also blog for the Great American Spice Compay, creating recipes using their products.  I am available for recipe development for other companies, so long as they are not direct competitors of companies I am curretnly partnered with. 

I have been working with some local food based companies, photographing their products for use on their websites, and at their locations, and I have done some photography for menus and publicity materials for them as well.

I also enjoy photography [my photography site is donalynketchum.com] and in addition to our vegetable gardens, I have large flower and perennial gardens where I work off my small frustrations with life.  We have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and two grandkids - all fabulous beyond description.   Family is very important to us, and part of that is passing along our gardening and cooking mojo, which is enduring through the generations.

5 Things to Do When Faced With Frost

In upstate NY, where I live, frost is expected in fall, and by Thanksgiving we are more concerned if there will be snow--and how much. Unlike my climate, many parts of the deep South and far West don't get temperatures below freezing very often. However, my gardening friends in these areas are facing the threat of frost this week, and to hear them talk you'd think the zombie apocalypse was coming. Don't panic, I tell them, you can survive this. Just remember these five tips....more
Great tips Kathy!more

Top 6 Odd Holiday Gifts

The other day I got a Hammacher Schlemmer Last Minute Gift 2013 catalog in the mail. As I perused the catalog with great amusement, I was struck with all the neat items they sell, like a fold-away pool table for small spaces or a cassette-to-CD converter (which I would love!). Admittedly, looking through this catalog or even the Sky Mall catalog can be fun. ...more
My favorite thing is that the Groundhog Day Hats come in a pack of four so you can share the fun ...more

Food Bloggers Fight Back With Ecards: How to Share Recipes Online

Food bloggers far and wide share their passion for cooking on the Internet each and every day. They love getting in the kitchen to create new dishes and can’t wait to write down the recipe, photograph it and share it all with their friends and followers. They love when they are shared again and again, as long as it’s being shared properly. You may be asking, why am I bringing this up? Images: Courtesy of Ecards ...more
@CarolynMullin  For some of us, it is not just a hobby, but how we make our living.  Not that is ...more

Damn You, Amazon.com

My mom got a new Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas. You might be thinking...Good for her! That's AWESOME! I, however, was filled with dread when I heard the news on Christmas morning. The only thought in my head was...Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! ...more
I have figured out how to solve this problem.  I always recommend that my folks buy whatever ...more

The $100 Question: Tell Donalyn from Dlynz Your Favorite Thing to Cook

Welcome to The $100 Question, where fellow BlogHers are asking questions ... and every answer could be worth one hundred dollars! Let's meet today's host: Donalyn from Dlynz.com. ...more

I am enjoying all of these great responses - what we love to cook is such an elemetal part of ...more

If You're Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner This Year, There's Plenty of Help on the Web

Thanksgiving is the most food-centered holiday of the year, which means food writers all want to weigh in on it. Every year newspapers, food magazines, food sites, and food blogs all offer tips, suggestions, and menu ideas for the big day. For a few weeks now I've been watching for Thanksgiving advice to show up on my favorite food blogs and food sites. ...more

Thanks for the heads up for me to come add my link Kalyn  - you can find it here: more

5 Dishes I Wouldn't Feed a Dog … But I Do Eat to Be Polite on Thanksgiving

5. Pumpkin Pie. It's not that I find pumpkin pie particularly vile. Especially if it's homemade pie. I just feel like I have already eaten enough of it in this lifetime. I move we ax it from the lineup immediately and replace with a new tradition: Thanksgiving shortbread. 4. Cranberry Sauce. ...more

What - none of that green bean casserole?  Always have that stuff at the in-laws, but ...more

5 Dishes I Wouldn't Feed a Dog … But I Do Eat to Be Polite on Thanksgiving

5. Pumpkin Pie. It's not that I find pumpkin pie particularly vile. Especially if it's homemade pie. I just feel like I have already eaten enough of it in this lifetime. I move we ax it from the lineup immediately and replace with a new tradition: Thanksgiving shortbread. 4. Cranberry Sauce. ...more

I've made them 3 more times since the original prep for the blog post - I tell myself I am ...more

5 Dishes I Wouldn't Feed a Dog … But I Do Eat to Be Polite on Thanksgiving

5. Pumpkin Pie. It's not that I find pumpkin pie particularly vile. Especially if it's homemade pie. I just feel like I have already eaten enough of it in this lifetime. I move we ax it from the lineup immediately and replace with a new tradition: Thanksgiving shortbread. 4. Cranberry Sauce. ...more

Thanksgiving dinner is my favorite meal of the year  - BUT!  I really don't like ...more

BlogHer's Top 10 List of Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Wouldn't it be fun to play Family Feud with the topic of Thanksgiving side dishes? If you haven't seen this American TV game show, two sets of extended family members square off against each other to try to predict what the most common responses are for a particular topic. I'm guessing the number-one response for Thanksgiving side dishes would be mashed potatoes or stuffing, but after that, who knows?...more

Thanksgiving dinner is hands down my favorite meal.  I can't possibly choose my favorite ...more