Puritans Pumpkins: ‘Fruit of the Lord’

Plimoth Plantation recreates the Pilgrim settlement.

Plimoth Plantation recreates the Pilgrim settlement.

IMK Nov Squash

Pumpkin pie will grace most Thanksgiving tables this week, including mine. Yet at the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621, the pumpkin would likely have been stewed, not baked. Continue reading

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C is for Concord Grape Jam

Grapes - jamAs a pre-school teacher at the Grace House community center in Richmond, Virginia, my mother taught a whole generation how to distinguish a circle from a square, how to count to 10, and how to do the “Hokey Pokey.” At least once every fall, she also helped the boys and girls make Concord grape jam. Continue reading

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Shrimp Creole: New Orleans via North Carolina

Shrimp creole done

Bebe

My grandmother, Bertie (pictured above), grew up in coastal North Carolina, where hush puppies made a regular appearance on local menus. I’m not sure where she found this recipe for shrimp Creole. Continue reading

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In My November Kitchen

IMK Nov Fall Tree

This Japanese maple in my yard shows the season in New England right now – the opposite of some readers, but that’s what makes this monthly forum, started by Celia of fig jam and lime cordial, so much fun. Continue reading

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A Tart Native American Taste of Cape Cod

cranberries - doneCranberries, the tart, red fruits essential to Thanksgiving feasts, grew on Cape Cod long before Americans turned them into a sugary accompaniment to turkey. The Wampanoag Native American people called the berries sassamenesh and used them as dyes. They also crushed them as part of pemmican, Continue reading

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Chowder from the Pine Tree State

Chowder bowlFall in New England – the flaming burst of colors before the landscape mutes – always sends me back into the kitchen for comfort food, and chowder fits that category. Continue reading

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A Beginner Attempts a Prize-Winning Pie

 

Pie sliceEmbarrassing to admit, I never baked an entire apple pie before this weekend. How un-American! Continue reading

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