Nantucket Cranberry Pie

Tart and tangy, sweet and satisfying. This pie is easy to make, and can easily move from everyday to holiday dinner dessert. We love our cranberries in New England. Their pop of tartness and vibrant red color move from sweet to savory with ease. What would the Thanksgiving table be without cranberry sauce or relish?…

Cranberry Butter Rum Apples Baked in Cider

            It’s apple harvest time, and our county has some of the best in the world! We enjoy apples fresh from the tree, applesauce, apple muffins, apple cakes and bread. Baked apples are a special treat, and in our home they hold lots of memories of making them together. Of course, there are so many ways…

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…

Cornmeal Cake with Plums and Rosemary

It’s a great year for plums, and these sweet treasurers pair well with Rosemary and orange in this cornmeal dessert. I found a beautiful mixed box of plums at a local farm stand recently, and every variety and color was delicious! Sweet, juicy, plump, and tangy! It certainly seems to be a good year for plums,…

Lemon and Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies are simple and delicious. With the addition of just a few things, they are all ready for a party. Planning for a Zoom baby shower, I was looking for a treat for us all to share together since we would not be physically present. I decided a shortbread cookie would be tasty, and…

Peach and Raspberry Crisp

A couple touches of ginger make this seasonal treat just a bit different! These are the moments in the New England summer when we think we have everything we could possibly want. There’s corn and tomatoes in abundance, just about every other vegetable, so many treasures it is hard to find enough meals to squeeze…

Mixed Berry Clafoutis

It’s a baked pancake, but more custardy, not quite a flan but kind of, and in a class of its own. Although traditionally the French dessert clafoutis is made with cherries, you can use any fruit you like. It is also delicious using a mix of berries, and since we are at the peak of…

Very Berry Coffee Cake

The berries are everywhere, and we never run out of recipes using these treasurers. The grandkids and I joke that sometimes the berries don’t make it all the way home, so we have to buy double! My mom loved making coffee cakes, usually simple recipes with a light streusel topping. She made these little cakes…

Blueberry and Orange Slump

Sometimes it’s called a slump, sometimes it’s called a grunt, but silly name aside, this New England classic is a quick and easy blueberry dessert made on top of the stove.Blueberry season has arrived in Southern Vermont and that means high summer! What could be better than a blueberry plucked fresh and popped in the…

Cherry & Ginger Squares

The cherries are here! Let’s bake something.We wait all year, and it all starts to happen at once.Fruit treasures in Vermont are fleeting, precious jewels! We watch the rhubarb plants grow, and then the strawberries appear. While they are still coming strong, the cherries make their appearance and fruit desserts are just a moment away!…

Brandied Cherries

 A perfect cherry suspended in a spiced brandy. These treasures will delight all year long, and they are one of the easiest kitchen gifts to make!Local is always best, of courseMake these when local cherries are ripe, firm, and beautifully colored.  If you can get them, try using a mix of sour and sweet cherries, but…

Strawberry and Rose Crêpe Tower

A festive take on a strawberry Crêpe. My garden roses are blooming like crazy, and I’m always inspired by their fragrance to create something special in the kitchen. This year, I decided that since the strawberries are so wonderful, I would start there, with roses, their late spring friend, providing the accent. People love crêpes,…

Mom’s Mayonnaise Cake, with a Twist

It’s a simple cake, no fuss and no frills. Quick to put together, and filled with memories. Once in a while, after school, if we were lucky, we found a chocolate mayonnaise cake waiting for us. We needed a treat this week, so I revisited this old recipe, which I’m sure was a standard in…

Rhubarb and Berry Upside-Down Cake

I had a small bag of rhubarb in the freezer, as well as some cherries and raspberries, so this upside-down cake was made with frozen leftovers from last year. It did not taste left-over at all! My ornamental “Snow Fountain” cherry tree is in flower, and that means my fruit cherry tree is not too…

Magic Meringues

Every once in a while, you play around with some new culinary ingredient that leaves you amazed. These meringues made from canned bean liquid do just that. “Aquafaba.” This relatively new, made-up word is the liquid in a can of beans, usually chickpeas, and normally gets drained and dumped down the drain. That’s a perfect…

Christmas Stars

A simple sugar cookie, an old family star cutter, and a little decoration. A shortbread cookie is a simple thing: butter and sugar creamed together, flour, a pinch of salt, and a little vanilla extract for flavor. That’s it! But there is a world of possibilities after you’ve got the basic. A world of flavor…