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.

Mincemeat Cookies for Holiday Treat

A bin of reduced-price packaged condensed mincemeat made by Nonesuch caught the attention of both Sheila Cookson of Brewer and me. Sheila wrote, “I remembered a delicious bar I used to make using condensed mincemeat and a can of tomato soup. I used to stock up on the mincemeat as it was only this time […]

Classic eggnog

Toby and I just made our eggnog for Christmas. It’s so much better if it ages for a week at least. Make it today and drink it on Christmas Eve. Actually, you could drink it a year from Christmas Eve. It’s true. Eggnog, aged for a year in a refrigerator, is absolutely delicious. You do […]

Pumpkin Waffles

What with Thanksgiving and all, some of us have pumpkins on the brain. And we are likely to have a can of cooked pumpkin that we may, or may not, have used in a holiday pie, or perhaps a little leftover cooked pumpkin from a whole fresh one. Waffles are one way to use some […]

Thanksgiving Leftover Potluck

There is nothing like leftovers to get me going. In some ways, I prefer all the things I can make with leftover turkey to the slices of turkey on my dinner plate on the big day itself. And all the great leftover mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. Oh, yum. Here are my Big […]

Lumpy, Bumpy Knobby Apple Cake

This year’s apple crop, at least where I live, doesn’t seem particularly stellar compared to last year. Nonetheless, there are plenty for collecting before the deer get them, for making a few seasonal favorites. Of these, my most favorite is Knobby Apple Cake. I could’ve sworn I offered this recipe here before, but as I […]

Stone Soup

All last week long, but especially in advance of the Big Storm of November 2, I scrambled around in the garden scooping up odd bits of vegetables: the last couple of broccoli side-shoots from plants I needed to pull out, grabbed all the cabbages to put in the cellar, pulled carrots, and picked anything that […]

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 […]