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.

Garlic Scape Chimichurri Sauce

While I was away, Larry had to cut all of the garlic scapes from our over 200 heads of garlic. Garlic scapes are the flower of a garlic plant, and leaving them in place robs the garlic bulb of growth, as the plant will put more energy into growing a flower, which is nature’s way of growing more garlic. Our way is to separate the cloves and plant them, but nature takes a more direct approach, which is why we cut the scapes – we want bigger bulbs of garlic ....more

Fresh Cherry Almond Muffins

Darn, I so wish we could grow sweet cherries. Alas – all of our attempts to date have failed, resulting in scraggling, pathetic trees that eventually give up entirely and die. Fortunately, all of our other fruit trees seem to be pretty happy here, though we’ve not seen any fruit from them yet ....more

Sauteed Radishes with Sea Salt & Lime

Often the very first vegetable we see a lot of from our annual garden is radishes. Usually lots of lots of radishes, because it’s easy to become over-exuberant in planting them. You know you won’t have to wait long for their crisp bite, and in our fresh-from-the-garden-veggie starved state that time of year, we may get a little carried away ....more

Lemon Garlic Roasted Cauliflower

We are still awaiting the enormous onslaught of vegetables our garden will soon provide. It has been a slow start this growing season, with cooler than normal temperatures and spotty rain. Not the greatest of growing conditions, but the fact is, veggies wanna grow, so slowly they are beginning to do so ....more

Chive Bacon Ranch Dressing

And Preparing...more

Strawberry Cheese Coffee Cake

I started work on this recipe last year, and didn’t get it quite where I wanted it. Then, along came cherries, and I got distracted. I came back to it this year though, because it is definitely worth getting right, and now I am very happy with this final version ....more

Chipotle Maple Chicken

Early summer is probably the busiest time of year for us. This year is no exception. We both have to work every day of course, but in addition to that, there is a ton of stuff to do to get the gardens in shape ....more

Outrageous Chocolate Toffee Cookies

We are having a very happy week here at Creekside. We’ve all been waiting for our younger daughter and her husband to be blessed with children, and yesterday, they were very happy to welcome their new daughter into the world. Our third grandchild! ...more

Savory Chive Cream Cheese Scones

It is a quintessentially gorgeous summer day as I am writing this. Summer has definitely taken it’s time getting here, and while I can’t really say this weather was worth waiting for, because: “Summer, where the heck have you been?”, but I am really grateful that it’s here now. One of the things I am finding out day by day is what plants were lost in last winter’s brutal weather ....more

Mediterranean Orzo Salad

This salad is the perfect ending to what I consider to be a perfect day. Imagine -it is summer, and a nice warm, breezy day here in Upstate New York. We have lots to do in the gardens and yard – weeding, some early summer veggies to be picked, and some mowing ....more