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.

Five-Cheese, Fifteen-Minute Stovetop Mac n Cheese

Plus, a review of Back Around the Table: An “In the Kitchen with David” Cookbook As we get into these shorter winter days, I think we are all looking for meals that will comfort and warm everyone up when they come to the table. I know that is how we feel about dinner time around here – cozy comfy meals that take the chill off the long evenings. So, when QVC asked me to review their own David Venable’s cookbook, Back Around the Table: An “In the Kitchen with David” Cookbook, I was happy to see that is contains a good number of the kind of food we most want to eat this time of year ....more

Sour Cherry Almond Bars

As I have mentioned a time or two [or 50!], my husband is rather fond of cookies. When our house is in a state of no cookies, it makes him a sad, sad man. So you can probably imagine that he is a huge fan of this time of year ....more

Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies

It really is beginning to look like Christmas! We’re in the middle of a 3-day winter storm that promises to bring us multiple inches of snow which is currently being blown about in a very festive fashion. Which is good, because we are under a bit of pressure here ....more

Chocolate Espresso Spritz Cookies

Chocolate Espresso Spritz Cookies with Kahlúa Cream Filling I love spritz type cookies. They have been a lifesaver for me more times than I could ever count. I’ll bet everyone with kids has had this conversation, usually held at 9:45PM: “Mom, I am supposed to bringing cookies in for my class” “Okay, when?” “Tomorrow!” This is when spritz cookies come to your rescue – you can churn out a good sized batch of buttery, cute cookies in no time at all ....more

Vermicelli with Shrimp and Fresh Herbs

Plus Growing Herbs with Miracle-Gro AeroGarden This is a sponsored post from Kitchen PLAY and Miracle-Gro AeroGarden,but all opinions are my own. You might remember that last month, I wrote a post, Gardening all Year with AeroGarden. I’ll just say again that I was just thrilled to get the chance to try out a Miracle-Gro AeroGarden, because we had thought about getting one for the last couple years ....more

Molasses Apple Cobbler

A perfect last minute Thanksgiving Dessert Things are pretty exciting around here right now. We had barely finished our fall cleanup chores, when deer season started. Then we ordered a half of a pastured pig ....more

My Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

I like Thanksgiving. A lot. It’s partly because some of my absolute all time favorite foods are always on the menu ....more

The Best Turkey Gravy

A nice dark roux is the secret! As I’ve mentioned in a few other posts recently, we’ve updated some of our Thanksgiving recipes in the last few years. We have all become better cooks over the years, plus our tastes have changed somewhat and of course there is always that food blogger gene that can never let well enough alone ....more

Chili Roasted Butternut Squash

Time for another piece of the puzzle – the Thanksgiving Dinner puzzle! How does your family “do” Thanksgiving? Do you have the same treasured old stand-bys year after year, or do you like to find the latest trends? ...more

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Every year, I do the same thing. We haven’t seen a trick or treater in these parts since the girls were small – we live out in the middle of nowhere, we have a rather long driveway, none of the neighbors have little kids anymore, and we don’t turn on the porch light. I leave the porch light off mostly because of Riley, who is not fond of strangers ....more