Cranberry Cheer

cranberry-port-sauceThe cranberry, a fruit native to America, brings a welcome splash of color to the Thanksgiving table each year. My berries usually come from eastern Massachusetts, even though Wisconsin is the nation’s leading cranberry producer. Americans everywhere crave cranberries at this time of year. Rushing the holiday season a bit, I made relish from Auburn, Alabama Continue reading

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Sweet Potatoes for Presidents

sweet-potatoes-t-roosevelt-donetheodore_roosevelt_1904-library-of-congressThanksgiving became an official holiday in 1863 during Abraham Lincoln’s administration, and most U.S. Presidents have put sweet potatoes on their holiday tables ever since. Continue reading

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More Comfort Food: Hamburger Stew

hamburger-stew-2-doneMy sister recently passed away, a loss like no other. It will take a lot more than a casserole to comfort me, but I craved something easy that could be easily refrigerated and reheated. Continue reading

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Comfort Food: Bread for Brides

date-bread-donedate-nut-bread-cookbook-for-bridesAfter the loss of our two beloved family pets within a month, I barely wanted to grocery shop, let alone cook. I’m slowly regaining the kitchen by making comfort food – familiar dishes that demand little creativity and deliver the culinary equivalent of a hug. For my first foray, I chose a retro book with a happy theme, The Boston Globe Cook Book for Brides (Globe Newspaper Co., 1963). My son found it for me at a yard sale. The chatty recipes make me feel like I’m sitting at a table with Grandma Bertie and her friends. Continue reading

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A Well-Traveled White Lady Cocktail

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cocktail-white-lady-shakerWhenever my son arrives for a visit from Germany, where he now lives, he brings recipes for us to try together – always an adventure! Continue reading

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A Musical Feast

Wolf Trap veg dipConcertgoers at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts outside Washington, D.C. have taken their picnics seriously ever since the park officially opened in 1971. The Wolf Trap Picnic Cookbook (1976) details all the sumptuous dishes that people brought to the lawn Continue reading

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A Mighty Mint Cordial

Mint infused brandy 2By this time of the summer, mint threatens to overrun my garden. The sprigs that I welcomed when they poked up through the icy soil now crowd my rosemary and parsley. What better way to thin them than to pick them for a recipe? Continue reading

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