All posts by Sandy Oliver

Sandy Oliver

About Sandy Oliver

Sandy Oliver Sandy is a freelance food writer with the column Taste Buds appearing weekly since 2006 in the Bangor Daily News, and regular columns in Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbors magazine and The Working Waterfront. Besides freelance food writing, she is a pioneering food historian beginning her work in 1971 at Mystic Seaport Museum, where she developed a fireplace cooking program in an 1830s house. After moving to Maine in 1988, Sandy wrote, Saltwater Foodways: New Englanders and Their Foods at Sea and Ashore in the 19th Century published in 1995. She is the author of The Food of Colonial and Federal America published in fall of 2005, and Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving History and Recipes from Pilgrims to Pumpkin Pie which she co-authored with Kathleen Curtin. She often speaks to historical organizations and food professional groups around the country, organizes historical dinners, and conducts classes and workshops in food history and in sustainable gardening and cooking. Sandy lives on Islesboro, an island in Penobscot where she gardens, preserves, cooks and teaches sustainable lifeways.

Rhubarb Muffins

Maybe it was just bad luck, but a fair number of rhubarb cake or muffin recipes I’ve tried turned out to be a bit on the soggy side. Rhubarb is pretty juicy stuff, and I don’t like biting into a big, sour blob in cake or muffins, and, I guess, neither does Ruth Thurston in […]

Very Easy Flan

Custard desserts are so comforting and welcome, and as a self-avowed custard coward, which involves anything that has to be baked in a bath of hot water, I tend to hesitate making them, even though I have pretty good luck with them when I finally screw my courage to the old sticking point. Then add […]

Bean Pot or Crock Pot Chicken

Before there were crock pots for slow cooking, we had bean pots. I’ve been working my way through Marjorie Standish’s cook books which I know many of you have copies of. She wrote a weekly column for the Maine Sunday Telegram in Portland, and included recipes from her mother and grandmother that she remembered from […]

Any Berry Jam and Oatmeal Bars

It is one thing to put up jars of jam and jelly when the strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and other fruits are in season; it is lots of fun to give them as gifts, and receive them, too. But really, how much toast can you eat with jam on it? At the end of any […]