Pork Chops and Apples from Brownie

Brownie Schrumpf’s “Brownie’s Kitchen” filled this space for close to forty years. This month marks my tenth, something I barely can believe. When I took this job on in April 2006, fellow-food writer Allene White gleefully taunted me about weekly deadlines, and I have to say, it is true—you cannot conceive how quickly a week […]

Buchteln, Sweet Buns, for Easter Brunch

Europe and Eastern Europe are home to a pretty delectable array of yeast-raised sweet cakes and buns. Ruth Thurston in Machias sent in this recipe for Buchteln, famous in Vienna, saying that her family enjoyed them and she thought I might, too. How we wouldn’t like them, I cannot fathom: tender dough with eggs, butter, […]

Irish Pound Cake

A proudly Irish Islesboro matriarch gave me this recipe. Eileen Shea Boardman sent this recipe along years ago, and as I do with practically all the recipes anyone sends me, I tucked it away for a time when I needed an idea or inspiration. I ended up making it to take as my contribution to […]

No-Fail Black Bean Soup

Normally, a recipe for soup would seem to be superfluous to me. But not long ago, when I said I never used a recipe for soup, some one of my pals rolled her eyes and said, “Of course, you don’t,” which was the reminder I needed that if a person isn’t accustomed to making soup, […]