Slow Roasted Duck with Cherry & Fennel Sauce

Roast it slow, and the oven does all the work! Serve with either a long-summered or quick sauce. We don’t cook duck very often. We think of it as a holiday or special occasion dish. But roasting a duck is as simple as roasting a chicken, and it makes a lovely presentation for a simple…

Spiced Arborio Rice Pudding

This is Comfort Food with a subtle fragrance of spices! Most of us have memories of rice pudding. If the memory involves something wonderful your mother made, it’s a good one. But if your only memory is that of school cafeteria pudding, well, you might not think as kindly upon this dish. I have only…

Sylvia’s Maple Oatmeal 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 products 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…

Cabbage and Carrots With Caraway

Under pressure, this nutritional side dish is made quickly (and without the aroma penetrating the entire house all day) Cabbage is a cheap New England staple vegetable. In the autumn, you can find heads larger than your own at the farm stands for little money, and the winter co-ops and CSAs offer these local treasures…

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cake

This is an easy to make cake for Valentine’s Day, and you can modify it to please everyone, well, except for those rare folks who do not like chocolate! There are some flavor combinations that are always a hit: chocolate with orange, chocolate with mint, and chocolate with raspberry! This cake takes just one bowl,…

Homemade Hummus with Roasted Chickpeas

If you make it from scratch with dried chickpeas, this dip not only tastes better than what you find in the market, but it is quite economical as well. I love hummus. I always have some in my refrigerator and I use it for dips and as a spread on sandwiches or crackers. As delicious…

A New Take on Classic New England Stewed Beans

            This New England classic can be slow cooked all day on the stove, in the oven, or in a slow cooker. Or, you can make them in a fraction of the time in a pressure cooker, or one of the more modern multi-cookers that everyone seems to be using these days. My mother was…

Salmon Cakes Benedict

Recycle 2018 Leftovers into Dishes for the New Year I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions; it is much too discouraging to find myself breaking vows a thousand times. But as I hang the new calendar, I often find myself taking stock pondering little changes, things I hope to improve in some way. One of…

Pat’s Holiday Gravlax

I first received this as a gift from my Mother-in-Law and was amazed that this could be accomplished in a home kitchen I remember getting this gift of home-cured gravlax, salmon, every year at Christmastime from my mother-in-law Pat, my husband’s father’s second wife. The first time she gave it to us, I was truly…

Christmas Morning Breakfast Quiche

A Perfect Make Ahead Breakfast using Sugar Snap Peas and Caramelized Onions! I forget about quiche for long periods of time, or perhaps I make them too often and tire of them. If it’s been a while, perhaps it’s time to revisit. When I would serve this to my guests at the inn, I looked…

No-Apologies Christmas Fruitcake

Some of these cakes are doused in brandy for months before they are ready, and can last years! I don’t require mine to last years, or even months; it’s not a souvenir, it’s a holiday treat and I want people to eat it now! My Aunt Elda had a lovely fruitcake recipe handed down in the…

Baked Camembert with Cranberry, Pecans, & Ginger

A Special Appetizer You can Assemble the Day Before Your Event, and Bake off as your Guests Arrive If you are looking for a special appetizer that is quick, easy, and can be assembled the day before your holiday or event, a wheel of Camembert or Brie, baked in puff pastry, and dressed up with…

Sylvia’s Floating Islands with Hot Buttered Rum Sauce

And a few simpler techniques for a festive holiday dessert in no time For a treat on cold winter days, our mother would often make us floating islands of luscious meringue in soft, spiced custard; we all thought it was good, and the little islands were fun to play with. My own children loved this…

Purple Reigns Salad

A Flavorful Nutritional Boost for the Hectic Season (and it’s pretty…) I love this salad! Purple reigns, and all that color means it’s loaded with lots of healthful nutrients, a nice boost at low energy days! You can swap out what you like for many of the ingredients; instead of the balsamic, use sherry or…

Thanksgiving Prep 101

          It’s the Monday before Thanksgiving and I have a houseful coming. All’s calm…for now. But it means I have lots to do today, and those tasks are all about preparation. I’ve catered many events and gatherings, and learned along the way that anything that can be done beforehand needs to be done beforehand. I have…

Pear & Cranberry Tart

It’s Time to Think about Holiday Baking and the Flavors of Autumn and Thanksgiving! Everyone in my family has their favorite pie, and we try to accommodate everything from pumpkin to strawberry rhubarb at the Holidays. I have all the ingredients for the latter from the local farm tucked away in the freezer! But we…