Category Archives: Tasty treats

Sugar Cookie Morphs into Pecan Cookie

What a handy thing to have a serviceable recipe for cookies quickly made. Friends of mine in Yarmouth, Carrie and Ben Yardley, developed variations on a basic, freezeable sugar cookie dough that gives them almond, vanilla, lemon poppy, orange and pecan cookies merely by the addition of extract, rinds, nuts and seeds. I test-drove the […]

“Delicious” Baked Rice Custard

This past week, I had on my food historian hat, gave a talk in Yarmouth, Maine, and another in New Hampshire, and came home thinking about recipe collections I have, including the one assembled by another resident of North Islesboro, Elsa Bates. I barely knew Elsa who was still alive when I came to the […]

Pumpkin Cake for Dessert

Time for dessert. We’ve been eating a lot of soup and squash casseroles and things made with beets here lately and we have earned a sweet treat. Only it will be made from some more of my winter-stored food supply, the pumpkins, which are going to get moldy if I don’t cook them. And happily, […]

Chocolate Bark for Your Valentine

It doesn’t say so on the calendar but I am pretty sure that February 14 is National Chocolate Eating Day. You might prefer a big green salad or slab of salmon for your sweetie but I bet most people will be looking around in the kitchen for a chocolate cupcake, cake, cookies, or candy. My […]

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 […]