Irish Pound Cake

A proudly Irish Islesboro matriarch gave me this recipe. Eileen Shea Boardman sent this recipe along years ago, and as I do with practically all the recipes anyone sends me, I tucked it away for a time when I needed an idea or inspiration. I ended up making it to take as my contribution to […]

No-Fail Black Bean Soup

Normally, a recipe for soup would seem to be superfluous to me. But not long ago, when I said I never used a recipe for soup, some one of my pals rolled her eyes and said, “Of course, you don’t,” which was the reminder I needed that if a person isn’t accustomed to making soup, […]

Real Maine Baked Beans

Yellow eyes, Jacobs Cattle, Soldier, or Great Northern beans slowly baked with a chunk of salt pork; a little—not too much—molasses and sugar, dried mustard, an onion and enough liquid to keep them just barely covered is how Mainers make baked beans. It is a time honored combination, and we may find Mainers a tad […]

Cooked oatmeal, a warm porridge with milk and a bit of sugar and raisins, maybe a dash of cinnamon, is such a good breakfast when the wind is howling outside and it is cold. Of course, I know people who eat porridge every morning of their lives as my dad did, spring, summer, fall, and […]