Potato Soup with Milk and Honey Bread

March in New England is a fickle beast. Temperatures in the 60’s with sunshine one week and 18 inches of wet, heavy snow the next, (great book reading weather!) I just finished a great little novel by Jenna Woginrich. The $4.99 ebook is called Birchthorn.  It’s suspenseful with great characters and plot twists. There’s a scene in it where…

Orange and Autumn Olive Pancakes

Autumn Olive (Elaegnus umbellata) is ubiquitous. Right now in New England the branches are heavy with speckled red berries. The fruit is tart like a cranberry and what pairs well with cranberries? Orange. For us, pancakes always start with flour, salt and baking powder. The juice of an orange is combined with milk and added to…

Apple Season

Here in New England, September is apple picking time. Out of all the fruits in this world, I like apples best. We chose a sunny day to go to the orchard to pick our share of Macs. Now, what to make? My usual would be the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie, always a favorite. Then there’s the…

Oatmeal Apple Cookies

Even though fall is a more than a month away, I’m getting my taste buds ready. Here we are combining hearty oats with crunchy apple bits and warm cinnamon spice. If you have an apple in your fridge, it’s a sure sign that you are destined to make these cookies. Let’s do it. The dry…

Mulberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake

Mulberry (Morus rubra) is a deciduous tree that grows wild here in New England. If you’re walking along and you see the ground covered in what looks like black berries, look up. The trees can grow up to 70 feet tall. The blackberry-like fruit is ripe for picking in early summer and varies in flavor from tree to…

Strawberry Skillet Cake

A beautiful day deserves a beautiful dessert. This is Raspberry Skillet Cake‘s half sister. Butter and sugar are creamed and strawberries are diced.   Dry ingredients are added and we have ourselves a cake batter. Diced strawberries are folded in. The batter is spread into the prepared cast-iron skillet and baked for 35-40 minutes.

Sweet Potato Spice Sheet Cake

I had a helper in the kitchen today. She didn’t get her hands dirty but she lent the emotional support baking sometimes requires :) Sweet potato gives this cake flavor and texture. It also boosts the vitamin A content as well as beta-carotene. Start by creaming the butter. It’s always a good idea to cream…

Minestrone Soup

The sun was shining this morning when we set out for the White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield, CT. Three Red Trees, a school of natural living was holding a wildlife tracking class there. About a dozen people showed up for the monthly class, some with no knowledge of tracking while others held impressive qualifications. We bundled up and…

Butternut Squash Cake

The birds are singing, the sky is vibrantly blue, snow is still blanketing the ground but the sun is out. The calendar says spring is 20 days away. Soon little crocus petals will be sprouting out of the cold cracked soil. But in the mean time, let’s just enjoy winter squash. Butternut squash can really be swapped for…

Orange Oat Bread

An orange nestled at the toe of the Christmas stocking is a well loved tradition in our family. I welcome the juxtaposition of a warm climate citrus fruit and the usual snowy winter weather of Christmas in New England. It’s a proper treat. This year I am using my Christmas orange in a hardy bread…

Amaretto and Almond Biscotti

My mother-in-law’s gift of her homemade amaretto lends outstanding flavor to these twice baked cookies. Both almond and vanilla extracts boost flavor. Fresh cracked almonds provide nutrition and texture. Once the dough is ready, it is shaped into logs and baked. The logs must cool before slicing with a serrated knife. After the cookies are sliced they are…

Cranberry Crumb Bars

Bags of cranberries have made their way to the produce section of our local grocery store. You know what that means, it’s cranberry time! Last night, I made a batch of whole-berry cranberry sauce to go along with dinner. Today, I used what was left over for these scrumptious crumb bars. I love the simplicity…