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.

Oatmeal Cookies with Extra Plump Raisins

This recipe came along to me from Ruth Thurston in Machias who has very similar tastes to mine, and similar kitchen instincts. She says she thinks she clipped it out of the Ellsworth American a long time ago, and surmises it might have been written by Allene White who observed that soaking raisins in beaten […]

Chicken and Corn Quesadillas

There are probably only about half a million things to do with chicken and I’m going to add yet one more to the list. This recipe is another from the Tex-Mex collection that Josephine Belknap sent me a couple years ago. The original recipe called for crab, but Josephine crossed out the word crab and […]