The Creekside Cook

I live in rural Upstate NY, with my husband of 39 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 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 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 three 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.

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

Sweet and Smokey Braised Cabbage

We are probably peasants at heart. I think only peasants like cabbage as much as we do. I’m okay with that though ....more

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

You may not think that the world needs another chocolate chip cookie recipe. But, with the year we have had, I have to disagree. We’ve needed all the tasty, melty, creamy chocolate chunks surrounded by caramelly, chewy cookies that we could get ....more

Bowtie Pasta with Roasted Broccoli

I do love the holidays, and all that it takes to get ready to share special times with our family and friends. But – it can get really hectic sometimes. And for a lot of people, add in stuff like kids to take care of, a full time job and other obligations – it’s easy to see why so many people just put their heads down and wish for January to get here ....more

Longfield Gardens Amaryllis for Christmas

Plus a Fantastic Giveaway and Coupon Code! My Mom would the first one to tell you that the family green thumb skipped over her entirely. Her family comes from a pretty long line of farmers and devoted gardeners ....more

Pumpkin Beer Bread

One of the nice things about doing a local Farmer’s market this past summer, was getting to know the other growers, entrepreneurs, and makers in our area. They are, without exception, people who work hard, and take a lot of pride in the products that they produce. We are, as you know if you read here very often, big believers in sourcing food as locally as possible, whenever possible ....more

Homemade Greek Yogurt

I love yogurt, especially Greek yogurt. Thick, creamy, rich – yum. And, it’s really good for your tummy ....more

Butternut Sausage Soup

Looking back over the recipes on my blog by the month, this time of year, everything seems to be orange. And I am okay with that! Pumpkins are orange, winter squash is orange, even oranges are orange ....more

Essential Oil Facial Scrub

It will surprise no one who knows me that I have begun to develop Essential Oils recipes. I just can’t help myself. No matter what we are talking about, I never stop thinking about better ways to do things ....more

Lemony Carrot Muffins

We are getting this first snow of the year as I am writing this today. Just some flurries, and I doubt we will see much in the way of accumulation, but still. The day it first snows is not my favorite day of the year ....more