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.

Fresh Corn Fritters

Here in Upstate NY, this is really the best time of year for sweet corn. Nothing really compares to that first early corn that we crave so much after a long winter without it, but for the absolute best stuff, August and early September are when you find varieties that have the most flavor. Later varieties usually have ears that stay tender and sweet, even as they get huge – those are perfect for getting in the freezer for wintertime soups and side dishes ....more

Kale Walnut Pesto

One thing that enjoys a cool summer is kale. Man, do we have kale! Usually, we have a lot of kale early in the summer, and then again in the fall, but this summer the spring kale never tried to go to seed, so it is still going strong ....more

Tasty Bite makes a tasty meal!

This post brought to you by Tasty Bite. All opinions are 100% mine. Now, you know me, right? ...more

Homemade Corn Tortillas

You might wonder why I would be posting a recipe for Homemade Corn Tortillas in the first place. There is nothing new about this recipe – it’s the same recipe that many people have enjoyed, probably for centuries. It’s a method of long standing because it works so well ....more

Brown Butter Pecan Cookies

Do Moms still do this? Bake a batch of cookies while the kids are at school so that the house smells amazing when they walk through the door? Our weather seems to be making an early turn toward fall, which has me thinking about those first days of school every year, both from my own childhood, as well as the girls’ ....more

Creamy Vegan Zucchini Dill Soup

We are still on a zucchini kick around here. Nothing wrong with that as far as I can see. It’s a good year for squash, with plenty of rain and nice sunny days in between ....more

Blueberry Margarita

Alright, so it’s Monday. I have to admit to finding Mondays not-so-terrible myself. It would be downright churlish of me to complain about the start of a new week of doing something I love ....more

Lemon Garlic Zucchini

Do you know what special event we are celebrating today? I bet you don’t… It is “Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night”. Woohoo! ...more

Blueberry Cheesecake Mousse

Sometimes, I have grand plans for a new recipe, and it all falls apart somewhere, leaving me wondering why I ever thought that was going to work in the first place. That happened with a quick bread a few weeks ago, that morphed into a cake, that ultimately ended up being a completely failure. Then we have recipes like this one ....more

Buttermilk Siracha Chicken Burgers

There is something about summertime that makes me feel compelled to grill up some kind of meat and slap it on a bun, surrounded by some fresh garden veggies. It is kind of irresistible to me. You see – we can only grill in the summer ....more