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.

A Cheesy Crowd Pleaser

Once a week we have a community lunch at the Fellowship Room of our one year-round church. Even in winter, about twenty folks show up, listen to the music of a local jazz and old-time music band, have a cup of coffee or tea, eat lunch, and head back home while meals-to-go are sent out […]

Two for the Troops, Part Two: Date Nut Roll-ups

Here are cookies that went to Vietnam. Gina Doyle of Ripley sent along a recipe for a date nut-filled roll-up cookie originally named Railroad Cookie in response to Kendra Newcomb’s request for cookies to send to troops deployed in Kuwait. Gina wrote, “Many years ago my brother was stationed in Vietnam. We sent him care […]

Cauliflower Patties, Italian Style

  Last week’s recipe prompted cauliflower memories from senior senior (93!) Lee Sirabella of Brewer. He wrote, “My mother and father came from an island but on the other side of the Atlantic, off Naples, Italy, the Isles of Ischia. My mother was a great cook. The trouble is I ate what she prepared but […]

Cauliflower Steak for Dinner

The hardest part of cooking is figuring out what to fix. We all get into ruts with a regular routine of about twenty or so favorites that we rerun. I rely a great deal on taking a cue from the supply at hand—the freezer inventory, what’s in the vegetable drawer or in the garden, in […]