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.

Easy Ways to Add Herbs to Your Cooking

When I was about twelve years old, I fell in love with the idea of herbs and herb gardens. My parents indulged my interest and I grew excessive amounts of catnip and tansy, along with chives, salad burnet, parsley, thyme and a couple of the other usual suspects. I loved the idea of hanging bunches […]

“Delicious” Baked Rice Custard

This past week, I had on my food historian hat, gave a talk in Yarmouth, Maine, and another in New Hampshire, and came home thinking about recipe collections I have, including the one assembled by another resident of North Islesboro, Elsa Bates. I barely knew Elsa who was still alive when I came to the […]

Post-Easter Ham and Egg Heaven

  Are you a ham for Easter kind of cook? Some prefer lamb, and these days asparagus is a must-have, and I am seeing fresh peas and spinach on Easte r menus offered up in print. In Maine, if you like to acquire local food, most years, and this year especially, fresh asparagus, spinach, and […]

Pumpkin Cake for Dessert

Time for dessert. We’ve been eating a lot of soup and squash casseroles and things made with beets here lately and we have earned a sweet treat. Only it will be made from some more of my winter-stored food supply, the pumpkins, which are going to get moldy if I don’t cook them. And happily, […]