The Creekside Cook

I live in rural Upstate NY, with my husband of 40 years. 

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 Company, 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 currently 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 four 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.

Rainbow Veggie Slaw

AKA Rainbow Cabbage Salad If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my post about a version of this salad at the end of last year. I was talking about how happy I was to be making a Veggie Slaw in December entirely from vegetables we grew ourselves. Some of that is due to plain luck – having fresh sweet peppers from the garden is not usual in December in Upstate New York ....more

Pumpkin Bread with Walnuts and Raisins

{Or plain old Pumpkin Bread if you prefer!} If you’re like me, you are deep in the midst of last minute Christmas prep, and not really looking for one more thing to do. Or maybe, even more like me, you are near the end of Christmas prep, because you’re leaving in a few days, and you realize you are short a few baked gifts for the neighborhood? Yup – that ....more

Pork Loin Chops with Apples and Onions

Pork Loin Chops with Apples and Onions. Sounds kinda fussy, doesn’t it? Reality: nothing could be further from the truth ....more

Applesauce Quick Bread

Though the main part of my food preservation season is winding down, there are still a few things left to do. [Like make Applesauce Quick Bread, which we’ll get to in just a moment!] We have apple trees, but don’t get many apples from them, so it’s fortunate that we can find a lot of them locally. This time of year, apples are a very good buy, since a lot of seasonal places are looking to get rid of what they have before closing for the season ....more

Veggie Frittata

An easy weeknight meal! When you have a lot of chickens, a meal made from eggs is a no-brainer. Though there are times when our customers run us right out of eggs, usually we have a dozen or two in the fridge ....more

Concord Grape Preserves {no pectin recipe}

Concord Grape Preserves with Deeper Flavor, and Less Sugar It has been a crazy summer around here – lots of work outdoors, training a new puppy, doing Farmer’s Market every week, and still finding time for family visits, and getting all of our produce saved for winter. It’s not left much time for blogging I’m afraid, but now that things are getting a little calmer, I am feeling like sharing some recipes again. The grapes that went into these marvelous Concord Grape Preserves, came from vines that Larry’s Mom planted something like 45 years ago ....more

Quick Pickled Radishes

It does not get much more seasonal that fresh radishes. We’ve been enjoying a bumper crop of them this spring. A few springs ago, I shared this Sauteed Radishes with Sea Salt & Lime recipe, that we still enjoy at least a few times each spring ....more

Back to blogging

I can’t believe that this much time has gone by since my last post. Crazy. Things are good here – very good, in fact ....more

Avocado, Bacon and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

March is the month when I really get over winter – like completely over it. I am ok with winter in November, December, January and even February. It’s supposed to be cold and snowy, and I don’t mind staying in and making big pots of stew ....more

Pumpkin Yogurt Crunch Cake

Things have been really busy around here so far this year. Lots of visits with kids and grandkids, with more to come, lots of poring over seed catalogs and gardening books, and lots of cooking. Lately I have not felt that a lot of the recipes I’ve worked on have been blog-worthy ....more
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