Friday, September 19, 2014

Garlic Baked Zucchini with Cheese and Red Onion

Garlic Baked Zucchini with Cheese and Red Onion
Baked zucchini takes on an almost floral flavour when its baked for an hour with onion and garlic.

When I was in high school my mom used to make this for me. It was a great veggie side for fall and something that I could easily make on my own if I had to work the evening shift at our local inn. Through high school I worked at Shadow Lawn Inn, a lovely Victorian home that also happened to be our next door neighbour.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake

blueberry crumb coffee cake
Blueberry crumb coffee cake is a classic crumb cake made with stone ground flour and topped with a cupful of healthy toasted walnuts.

Long before big boxes of blueberries were available at local markets mom used to buy her blueberries from a Mr. Ness way up in Belleisle Creek. She and dad would load the car with empty pots and Dutch ovens and up they’d go to have them filled from Mr. Ness’ big buckets. The berries were mixed with leaves and twigs that had to be picked out before she put the berries in the freezer and then we’d be set for the winter.

This is a recipe that I remember from my childhood. Crumb cakes have always been a favourite of mine and a crumb cake filled with blueberries is the ultimate. The recipe makes a 9”x13” pan so is good for a crowd.

Sweet and crunchy freezer pickles are easy to make

Sweet and crunchy freezer pickles
Freezer pickles are the easiest pickle recipe out there. This recipe makes a sweet pickle that maintains its crunch.
When I was growing up fall was pickling season in our house. We’d arrive home from school in October to the sinus-clearing scent of cider vinegar simmering on the stove and tins of liquid paraffin in a water bath that you could dip your fingers in to make finger molds.
Our home had a cold room and by November its shelves sagged under the weight of jars of jams, chutney, spiced currants, crab apple jelly a beautiful blush of clear pink, zucchini relish, mustard pickles, pickled beets and my favourite, Lady Ashburnham pickles. There were huge mason jars of dill pickles and my dad’s favourite, chow chow made with green tomatoes.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Blueberry Spelt Muffins

Bueberry Spelt Muffins
Blueberry Spelt Muffins are extra flavourful thanks to the stone ground spelt and whole white flours.
When I was growing up we weren’t required to do a whole lot of work around the house. My sisters and I would tidy the kitchen after supper and once in a while we’d have to polish the silver and dust our rooms.  In the summer sometimes we’d be sent out to the garden to pick beans or peas for supper.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Marinated Broccoli Salad

marinated broccoli salad
Marinated broccoli salad is a lovely and delicious alternative to leafy salads.

With all of our big family potlucks it’s great to have a stash of salad recipes that venture from the lettuce sort. In fact, a group of friends and I were joking the other night about a potluck I hosted where everyone, everyone, brought a salad. Fortunately they weren’t all leafy green salads. You can make a great summer meal of salads when there’s a good variety of vegetables and textures involved. (Not so much when everyone brings meatballs, which happed at a potluck my sister once attended).

Friday, July 18, 2014

Raspberry Sponge Cake for Fresh Summer Berries

Raspberry sponge cake
Raspberry sponge cake is a delicious white cake topped with baked-in fresh raspberries.

Desserts that make use of fresh summer berries are always the best.

As kids we were often off in the bushes with buckets picking wild berries to bring home to mom. Or we’d pick handfuls as we walked home from the beach, because who can walk by a plump raspberry hanging from a branch by the roadside?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Easy Oven Fried Chicken is Tasty Picnic Food

mom's oven fried chicken
Oven friend chicken is an easy way to get that great crispy taste and texture without deep frying.
When oven fried chicken is on the menu what child wouldn’t want to pile into a station wagon with eight other people and spend the day driving around southern New Brunswick?

That was my childhood -- weekend road trips to St. Andrew’s, St. Martins, Deer Island, Campobello, New River Beach. One woody station wagon, seven kids (one prone to carsickness), a huge picnic and a repertoire of camp songs to last the day. Rain or shine we’d hit the road for family time.
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