Making Mozzarella

Making Mozzarella Granny Gadget (AKA Mom) sent Hannah a cheese making kit for her birthday last week. We made a batch of beautiful homemade mozzarella from whole milk the very next day. The kit has the ingredients to make mozzarella or ricotta – citric acid, rennet tablets,... Read more »

Home Grown Pizza Herb Mix

Home Grown Pizza Herb Mix Saturday night is Pizza Night at Downeast Thunder Farm. I get in big trouble when I mix things up and don’t serve Pizza on Saturday – Paul and Hannah have come to count on Saturday homemade pizza. A key ingredient to pizza is the herb mix that goes in the... Read more »

Creamy Asparagus-Potato Soup

Creamy Asparagus-Potato Soup On Sunday, the wind was howling outside and all three of us were at various stages of “under the weather” with colds. It seemed like a good soup day. With potatoes beginning to sprout in the pantry and asparagus that had gone almost forgotten in the... Read more »

Yummy Split Pea Soup

Yummy Split Pea Soup Snowy cold weekends are the perfect time for one of my new favorites – Split Pea Soup. I made this for the first time last year after many hints from Paul who loves Split Pea Soup. Me? I’d managed to avoid it for all of my years. I had no idea what I was... Read more »

Baking Egg Bread

Baking Egg Bread This recipe has been on my mind for a while now since I’ve been looking for recipes that use eggs. A snowy Saturday seemed like a good time to finally make Challah, or braided egg bread. I studied a number of different recipes and worked up this version that... Read more »

Downeast Thunder Spinach Artichoke Dip

Downeast Thunder Spinach Artichoke Dip New Years Eve I made this very yummy Spinach Artichoke Dip. I love the warm creamy texture with just a little bite of jalapeno. Downeast Thunder Spinach Artichoke Dip 1 – 8 ounce block of cream cheese, softened 3/4 cup mayonnaise (the real deal – not light... Read more »

Chez Roo is Open

Chez Roo is Open For the weekend, anyway. My Hannah (12 years-old) has turned into quite the little chef. She’s taken to watching cooking shows rather than cartoons and is particularly taken with Food Network’s Chopped and The Next Iron Chef. Come weekend time she is in full cooking... Read more »

Hannah’s Edible Poster

Hannah’s Edible Poster Hannah decided to run for student council at school. She said that all of the candidates bring some kind of treat in for the class, but she was concerned that this treat sharing constituted a bribe. I commended her on her viewpoint, but suggested that she play along... Read more »

Downeast Thunder Farm Apple Crisp

Downeast Thunder Farm Apple Crisp Since Maine Apple Sunday, I’ve tried three different apple crisp recipes and finally have one that I think is good enough to share. This is crispy and just a little tart – not too sweet. Our apples are from old, wild, overgrown trees. My guess is that they’re... Read more »

Late Summer Porch Soup Luncheon

Late Summer Porch Soup Luncheon Hannah was on a mission today. Unbeknownst to me, she had a plan for lunch. While I was outside working, Hannah was busy in the kitchen. Here’s what I found when I popped inside for a moment. She made a white bread dough using the bread machine and then formed... Read more »

A Dinner by Chef Hannah

A Dinner by Chef Hannah Hannah cooked us a truly wonderful dinner last night. The menu consisted of a chicken / broccoli ziti dish with garlic (of course) roasted red peppers and cream. Yummy. Dessert was a chocolate mousse made from scratch with homemade whipped cream; very rich and quite... Read more »


Lobster Our neighbor, Art,  brought lobsters over last night. We attempted to cook them up in a pot that simply would NOT allow the water to boil. After an hour of watching the proverbial pot, we got a new pot and were dining on these tasty sea bugs within the half hour.... Read more »

Hannah’s Easter Cup Cakes

Hannah’s Easter Cup Cakes Granny Gadget of the Ebelskiver fame struck again. She sent Hannah the cookbook “Crazy About Cupcakes” and a truckload of candy. Hannah made cupcakes for our Easter dessert and used the book as her inspiration for decorating. Nice job,... Read more »

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