The Creekside Cook

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.

How to Cook a Fresh Pumpkin

Cook a fresh pumpkin for pies, muffins and cakes – it’s easy! October is always SO busy for us. We become slaves to the garden and the freezer and canner – have to get all that fresh produce taken care of, before it goes bad! ...more

Margherita Roasted Potatoes

I’m working to get the last of our summer produce “put up” before it’s too late. Kind of a bummer to have to interrupt my taking photos of pretty leaves and pinning things in Pinterest to can more tomatoes, but tomatoes won’t wait! I try to also find as many ways as I can for us to enjoy the veggies we have while they are still fresh ....more

Skillet Pumpkin Fudge Brownies

This recipe solves a pesky little kitchen problem that I will bet anything you have run across. It goes like this: You find a great recipe for something pumpkin muffins, or maybe pumpkin doughnuts. You open a typical grocery store can of pumpkin puree, measure out the one cup needed for the recipe – and don’t they all just need that ONE cup – and then thriftily scrape out all of the remaining pumpkin into a refrigerator dish and pop in in the fridge ....more

Fresh Tomato Vinaigrette

You will love the flavor in this Fresh Tomato Vinaigrette! The weather has just been SO odd this year. After a horrible summer growing season, the fall has been totally summer-like ....more

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts

Plus – you can win a 5qt Artisan Series KitchenAid Mixer! After a weirdly spring-like summer, we’ve been having a weirdly summer-like fall. The weather feels confusing to us, but the garden seems to know what to do ....more

Goat Cheese Spread with Tomatoes

We have just wrapped a few weeks of family visits, and it was, as always, a blast! My Mom was here for a couple, and though we were sorry that my Dad didn’t feel up to it, we were glad that she was able to come. It was her first time seeing her latest great grandchild, Evelyn, and it has been a few years since she was able to see Mark & Anna, so they are like whole new people almost ....more

Pumpkin Raisin Yeast Bread

It is getting to be that time of year. You know – when there is pumpkin everything, everywhere you look! I confess, I don’t really “get” pumpkin coffee drinks at all – I guess probably because I’m not particularly fond of sweet coffee, unless it also involves chocolate ....more

Lemon Garlic Salt

It has been a busy couple of weeks here at home. Larry retired at the end of August, and though you might think that would mean we have more time, we actually seem to have less than ever. A lot of things got put off all summer, because we kept saying “We’ll have more time in September.” Well September is here, and we have to get it all done now ....more

Apple Ginger Green Smoothie

It is just the beginning of apple season here in Upstate NY. I know that a lot of people think only of the city when they hear the words “New York”, but here where we live, there are way more cows than there are people, and LOTS of apples. NY is the second largest producer of apples in the United States, and we live just on the edge of the Finger Lakes, which is the most prolific apple growing part of the state ....more

Quinoa and Black Bean Stuffed Zucchini

Full of fresh late summer veggies! I keep telling myself I have to stop putting zucchini recipes on here this summer, but then, the next thing I know, there is a plate of some sort of new zucchini thing sitting in front of my camera. It’s like the zucchini are taking over everything – my garden, my mind, my blog, and most especially my dinner! ...more