Autumn Recipe: Deep Dish Cortland Apple Pie

Wayne recently started a new job so our New England autumnal honeymoon is relegated to the weekends. I wanted to surprise him with something special after work. I knew he was dreading dinner somewhat because I was going to make the farmer’s market kale as a side dish. He hates kale but promised he’d give it a try, and only if I “cooked the **** out of it” and added loads of butter. What I didn’t tell him was that I was setting a special autumn themed table in the sunroom and serving rib eye steak and deep dish apple pie along with said sad kale.

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Wayne: How I Lost Weight and Regained My Health

Averyl asked me if I was willing to share what my daily diet used to look like and how it is today along with my “before” pic on her blog. I cut alcohol out of my diet when I got sober almost six years ago. I admit that I’m shy when it comes to talking about myself like this but she pointed out that it can help inspire others.

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Recipe: Maine Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie

For this recipe I initially picked three different pumpkin pie recipes from my vintage Maine cookbooks and created my own adaptation inspired by selections from each. Next, I baked a total of four test pies, each tinkered with to improve upon the previous pie. I guess we’ll be eating pie for a while but fortunately they can be frozen!

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Recipe: Spicy Manhattan-Style Fish Chowdah

Due to the unusually warm Autumn we’ve been having here in Maine, tomato season has been extended! This simple recipe for Manhattan chowder was inspired by the many ripe tomatoes on my kitchen counter, the cod fillets in my freezer and the beautiful heirloom carrots from Frith Farm in my fridge.

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Recipe: Maine Concord Grape Pie

I received a special delivery this week: Ten pounds of organic Concord grapes from a friend’s garden! I have been wanting to make a Concord grape pie for at least a year now ever since I came across two very intriguing vintage recipes in my old cookbooks.

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Recipe: Homemade Heirloom Marinara Sauce

Here’s my first of many batches of homemade sauce using a variety of tomatoes from our garden. There’s something somewhat controversial and extra healthy about it, however: I don’t remove the tomato skins! Most if not all recipes will tell you to remove them, but they break down as they cook so they blend right in with the sauce. More importantly, your body will appreciate it because the skins contain a high concentration of carotenoids and flavonols, both of which are antioxidants.

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Recipes for Blueberry Season

Yesterday we went blueberry picking in a local organic field. Have you ever seen freshly picked blueberries? They look very different from what you usually see at the grocery stores. They have a waxy white coat which is the natural bloom. After a good rinse to remove any debris and dirt they’re ready for eating! Here are a few recipes and serving suggestions:
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Vintage Recipe: 1937 Savory Haddock Pudding

This fish dish is adapted from a recipe in a 1937 A&P grocery flyer. The idea of “fish pudding” didn’t sound so great to me when I first saw the recipe which made this savory meal so surprising and satisfying. Why did I make it, then? Because vintage recipes frequently surprise me when I give them a chance, plus it was fun to tease Wayne about his fish pudding dinner. He was very doubtful that it would be even edible until I texted him the above photo at work before he came home. When he ate it that evening he was a happy man. I think you’ll really enjoy this simple recipe if you like seafood. Continue reading “Vintage Recipe: 1937 Savory Haddock Pudding”

Vintage Maine Recipe: Baconized Corn Bread from Cooking Down East

Lots of rain here in Maine this spring which s a bummer. The bright side is that there are more opportunities for staying inside to bake! Today’s recipe is brought to you by Marjorie Standish from Cooking Down East published in 1969. Continue reading “Vintage Maine Recipe: Baconized Corn Bread from Cooking Down East”