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.


In my kitchen, I have stocked up on squash (including pumpkin) and cranberries. I already made a cranberry pudding (described in the previous post), but the season would not be complete without at least one batch of sauce, preferably with a bit of grated fresh ginger and Cointreau in it. I’ll be baking squash with maple syrup, another New England favorite, soon.

IMK Nov Squash

From my garden, I harvested the last of the sage to make an herbal tea – basically sage leaves boiled, then steeped for 4 hours before straining. It was so strong that I almost spit out the first sip, but then I ended up liking it chilled, as a refreshing and healthy alternative to the overly sweetened iced tea that Americans sip from carry cups as big as bowling pins.

IMK Nov Sage Tea

A swap day at our local recycling center yielded a few more cookbooks for my ever-growing collection. This one, recipes from restaurants in all 50 American states published by Ford Motor Company in 1950, looks promising. Someone left a card in it listing recipes to try!

IMK Nov CookbookI’ve put my oven to work for a couple of old favorites: Indian pudding (a traditional New England mix of slowly baked milk, molasses, cornmeal, and spices) and actress Katharine Hepburn’s buttery brownie recipe. My month is off to a comfort food start!

IMK Nov Brownie mix

Indian pudding






About heritagerecipebox

I am named after my great-grandmother, who only prepared two dishes, according to anyone who remembers. Somehow I ended up with a cooking gene that I brought with me from Richmond, Virginia to my current home in Boston, Massachusetts. I have worked as a journalist and published three cookbooks plus a memoir and a novel. This blog gives me a chance to share family recipes and other American recipes with a past.
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16 Responses to In My November Kitchen

  1. What a wonderful month in your kitchen! I am intrigued by your cranberry recipes – I’ve not ever encountered a fresh one! The sauce sounds divine however! As for Katherine Hepburn’s buttery brownies – wow!!!


  2. fergie51 says:

    Gee that pudding sounds enticing!


  3. G’day! You had me at the Japanese maple and love those brownies! Katherine Hepburn was an extraordinary lady! Thank you for this month’s kitchen view also! Cheers! Joanne


  4. New England is so beautiful, I’ve never visited but when bloggers there post photos about autumn, I’m in heaven 😀


  5. MamaD1xx4xy says:

    What a beautiful Japanese maple. I just love autumn! We too halve been enjoying squashes. I lost count as to how many pumpkins I have baked! Thanks for the look into your kitchen.


  6. Oh that old cookbooks looks fabulous, not sure I could resist picking it up either if I saw it for sale! Your Japanese maple is beautiful, and I’ve never tried sage tea, although we do pick sticks of lemongrass from the garden and throw them into the teapot occasionally!


    • I can’t imagine growing lemongrass! Sounds like a fun thing to scavenge from the garden. I’m trying to think of more things to do with sage before it dies off in the winter. It’s always good with turkey…


  7. indian pudding sounds interesting. oh yes cookbooks! when will it ever end? i just keep buying them…


  8. Sandy says:

    I’ve never heard of using sage in tea! Sounds interesting!


  9. WOW! Those recipes sound intriguing, hope you get to share some with us. You Japanese maple is looking beautiful for Autumn. Thank you for letting us look in your kitchen, see you next month for IMK. It’s nice meeting you


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