Aunt Ann’s Apple Cake

Aunt Ann’s Apple Cake

It was a weird year in our garden… warm enough to ripen the tomatoes well into October. Last month, onions, garlic, and other assorted produce overflowed the garage, tomatoes were piling up in the kitchen, and my to-do-list was getting pretty long. With this...
Chouchouka (sounds like: choo-choo-ca) Eggs with Tomatoes

Chouchouka (sounds like: choo-choo-ca) Eggs with Tomatoes

If you find this difficult to pronounce, never mind recognize, let me begin by explaining that it is Tunisian. This delicious dish is also known as “shaksuka”. (You decide which variation rolls off your tongue most easily.) And, for many reasons, it serves a special...
Waiting for Asparagus

Waiting for Asparagus

I keep a garden journal and, most of the time, it provides a good guide to how things went in the vegetable and flower beds from year to year and inspiration for new plantings. But occasionally, it can be depressing. Take, for instance, my fledgling asparagus. As you...
Green Sauce

Green Sauce

Not one inch of me, to the best of my knowledge, is truly Irish. Never the less,The Chieftains and Celtic Women are queued up in my CD player and the Riverdance troupe is ready to whirl into action on my DVD. Deep in the cedar chest, I have located that old sweater,...
Cooking With Care Is An Act Of Love

Cooking With Care Is An Act Of Love

February, that frozen, middle month, stretches ahead, convincing us that this frigid season will never end. We were patient, stiff upper lipped with January… after all, this is Maine and it’s winter. By March, we are eager… thawing snow forms juicy...