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.

The Rhubarb Advocate’s Time of Year

You love it or you hate it. Rhubarb advocates are delighted to see those red stems reach out and the dark green leaves unfurl. Others wince and clamp their jaws shut. Thirty years ago, when we moved to this house, one of the first things I noticed growing here was a rhubarb plant which I […]

Comfortingly Soft Molasses Drop Cookies

A little four-inch square piece of paper floated out of the Recipes to Try file folder, and on one side was a recipe, probably Xeroxed from a newspaper for Old Fashioned Drop Molasses Cookies, with handwritten note in black ink, “These were good.” On the other side was written in my hand, “Richard McLaughlin, Machias.” […]

Artichoke Mashed Potatoes for Easter Dinner

Whether you do ham or lamb for Easter dinner, mashed potatoes make a terrific accompaniment. Actually, mashed potatoes are good almost any time, so maybe you’d rather have scalloped potatoes for Easter and save this artichoke-enhanced version of mashed for another time. Of course, plain old butter, milk, salt and pepper mashed potatoes are wonderful […]