November Tomatoes

November Tomatoes I have a good problem – I am completely overrun with ripe tomatoes. In November! At a loss for what to do with them, I’ve been pushing tomatoes. Just about every dinner I make lately has lots of fresh tomatoes in it.  Making and canning tomato sauce is a... Read more »

Thanksgiving Misstep

Thanksgiving Misstep This Thanksgiving I decided not to make a pie for dessert. Paul is working hard to lose weight and Hannah doesn’t like pumpkin pie. So why bother? Yesterday morning, as things in the kitchen were gearing up, Hannah asked, “Aren’t we making a... Read more »

Cooking With Giant Pumpkin

Cooking With Giant Pumpkin Paul experimented this season with growing giant pumpkins. What he ended up with were three very large, but not so giant pumpkins. The question is – what do we do with them now? Hannah’s got dibs on one for a jack-o-lantern. I suggested we break the other... Read more »

Sunday Morning Muffins

Sunday Morning Muffins I have a new favorite Sunday morning muffin recipe. It make six large muffins – or muffin tops – my favorite way of making muffins. The basic recipe is the same and you can swap out the fruit based on what you have in the fridge. This morning it was... Read more »

Artichoke Pizza Sauce

Artichoke Pizza Sauce Artichoke hearts are one of my favorite pizza toppings. I was intrigued when during a recent window shopping visit to Williams-Sonoma, I discovered Artichoke & Garlic Pizza Sauce. I couldn’t justify $13 a jar for pizza sauce, so the past three Saturdays... Read more »

Chicken Corn Chowder

Chicken Corn Chowder Making Chicken Corn Chowder is one of my favorite ways to use leftover chicken. It’s quick to put together and it’s filling enough to serve as a meal for Paul along with a salad. In this instance, I was feeling a bit corny and introduced Hannah to corn... Read more »

2013 Maple Syrup Packaging

2013 Maple Syrup Packaging The bottles we ordered for our Maple syrup arrived this week. I spent hours browsing bottle suppliers looking for something different. We selected a few different bottles to play with. These are the ones I like most. I’m partial to the simple cylindrical shape... Read more »

Pizza Poaching

Pizza Poaching Pizza night is a sacred weekly event in our house. Skipping pizza night is cause for mutiny. The homemade beer dough is split three ways and we each make our own individual pizza – or calzone in Hannah’s case. I often cannot finish my pizza, so I wrap up... Read more »

Lesson in Homemade Butter Making

Lesson in Homemade Butter Making Thoughts of spring are on the back burner. Snow is falling, school let out early and the snowfall forecast is now 10-18 inches. There’s a pot of bean soup on the stove and French bread ready to go in the oven. It seems like a good day to introduce Hannah to... Read more »

Not Your Grandma’s Christmas Cookies

Not Your Grandma’s Christmas Cookies We finally got around to our Christmas cutout cookies this afternoon. Hannah decided rather than traditional Christmas cutouts, the cookies should be have a Downeast Thunder Farm sort of feel – moose, lobster, bears, and chickens. Quite the menagerie. A moose... Read more »

Wonderful Wimpy White Bread

Wonderful Wimpy White Bread There’s nothing better than warm bread, fresh out of the oven on cold day. Well, on any day. Hannah prefers white bread, but I really don’t enjoy wimpy white bread from the store. After some trial and error, I’ve fine-tuned a white bread recipe that... Read more »

Turkey Day False Start

Turkey Day False Start My mind didn’t fully focus on Thanksgiving this year until the last minute. This last week, full of meetings and a trip to Portland left me a bit discombobulated. Almost two months ago, Mom (aka Granny Gadget) sent us a CharBroil Big Easy Smoker. It sat in the... Read more »

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