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.

Two Tricks for Convenient Garlic

If you are under the age of 65, and really used to garlic in food, you may never have had the experience of an older relative refusing to eat something with garlic in it, as my granddad did, or hardly ever even considering using it, as my mom did. I’ll bet anything that there may […]

Zucchini Cookies with Tangy Topping

There may be a child or two who will look askance at flecks of green in these cookies, but with any luck, they’ll be distracted by the tangy lemony icing on top. A couple of months or more ago, I asked for a zucchini cookie recipe. I already have cake recipes, and zucchini bread recipes, […]

Blueberry Treat for Breakfast

Machias had its blueberry festival this past weekend, and other towns here and there in Maine have celebrated the fruit in the past couple of weeks. Toby and I celebrated blueberries for breakfast the other morning after spending a couple hours picking at a very prolific field not far from where we live. Neighbors of […]