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.

Gertrude’s Applesauce Cake

Anne Flagg of Northport offered this charming recipe. She calls it one of her “picnic” recipes. “My mother got it from her cousin Gertrude back in the 1940s,” Anne wrote, “and though they are both long gone, I like to remember the foods she served and the recipes for same.” This cake is definitely worth […]

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, […]