Free chairs, romance novels, fabric scraps, and sourdough starter

New Englanders are known for our thrift, which is sometimes an almost obsessive need to reuse and recycle. That’s a good thing! I drove to the market recently and passed by a house with a chair on the lawn with a “FREE” sign sitting on its threadbare cushion. It was not an unusual site as…

Spelt Anadama Bread

An old New England favorite with a twist or two! This traditional New England yeasted bread was commonly baked throughout the region for at least a couple hundred years. It was even baked and sold commercially in Rockport, Mass. –– where some say it originated –– well into the 20th century. This delightfully flavored bread always…

Cranberry Orange Nut Bread

When I start cooking with oranges, that signals the holidays to me. Cranberry orange nut bread combines sweet, savory, and tangy, and rounds out the bread basket!  This is my favorite cranberry bread recipe. It is bursting with cranberries and the flavor combined with the orange is a celebration of the holidays. It is also…

Sourdough Whole Wheat Sesame Crackers

These crackers make use of sourdough discard, with sesame flavor coming from three sources! Homemade crackers are remarkably simple to make, delicious, and can be modified in many ways to create flavor combinations you’ll love.  On Saturday, I try to remember to feed “Ginny Junior,” my sourdough starter of 11 years. I often forget in…

Vermont Cheddar and Rosemary Scones

Tender, moist, and packed with flavor, these cheddar and rosemary scones are a perfect little afternoon snack or brunch favorite. Do you need a little pick-me-up in the middle of the afternoon? A cup of tea, or perhaps an iced coffee, along with a nibble of something sweet or savory, and you’re set to go…

Yankee Skillet Cornbread

This is a job for your grandmother’s cast-iron frying pan! Talk to a southern cook about cornbread, and a New Englander like me may well end up in a verbal disagreement over two aspects: the addition of flour and the addition of sugar. The southern cook will probably tell you that neither has a place…

Socca with Toasted Garlic and Cherry Tomatoes

A simple flatbread made with simple ingredients but with a toasted garlic twist. One of our family’s favorite quick sides is socca, a simple chickpea (garbanzo bean) flour flatbread (or is it a pancake?) that can be as simple as just the flour, water, and salt. Cooked in a hot oven or griddle in a…

Apple Crisp Muffins

What’s better than an apple muffin? How about one topped with apple crisp? Everyone loves the crispy part of the apple crisp the best, so why not let it rest on a muffin instead of a pan of apple slices? These muffins have lots of apple flavor, but if you want to add even more, soak the raisins or cranberries…

Guilt-Free Banana Muffins for Everyone!

Everyone can eat these muffins guilt-free! They can be made gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy free, and can be made egg-free and nut-free, but they still have tons of flavor and extremely moist! We have all kinds of food restrictions and desires in our family, so sometimes it is nice to make something you know everyone can eat.Lots…

Create your own Sourdough Starter––You have time…

There are a lot of folks making bread right now. I know this because both flour and yeast have been in short supply at our markets! Making a loaf of bread from packaged yeast is a lovely way to spend the afternoon, and what tastes better than a slice of homemade bread? I grew up…

Pizza and Beer Bread

This is a nutritious quick bread that has all the flavor of pizza, and you can load it with your favorite pizza topping! I’ve probably baked more in the last month than in the entire previous year! Making bread every week with “Ginny Junior,” my sourdough starter, as well as brioche for Easter and lots…

Chickpea Flour and Chive Wraps

Chickpeas are everywhere! We love them stewed, added to soups and casseroles, curried, turned into hummus, tossed in a salad, and toasted for a crispy snack. But the flour also makes a delicious and economical wrap! These delicious wraps use chickpea (also garbanzo bean, basin, gram) flour and little else, a thinned out version of…

Irish Soda Bread, Dairy-Free

This classic quick bread is a must for St. Patrick’s Day, or any day when you need a little comfort  baking that is also quick. With dairy-challenged folks in my family, a quick bread that has been adapted to use plant-based products is a welcome site, especially if it is pretty to look at! I’ve…

Maple Oat Bread

There are some recipes that take you home, and some that create home for your own family. This one is both. Maple and oat are both staples of the north. Maple, of course, is the sweet spring essence of our forests and a much welcomed ingredient used by early settlers. It’s our first crop of…

Grandmother Alice’s Gingerbread

This is a traditional gingerbread, baked in a traditional square pan, but with a few little flavor twists along the way to move it into this century. I lived across the road from my Aunt Mary, my father’s sister, most of my growing up years. She was a cook who fussed little and rarely used recipes. She…