Reading: New England Farmgirl: Recipes and Stories From a Farmer’s Daughter (PLUS GIVEAWAY!)

Maple Cinnamon Rolls

<br />Just last weekend was Maine Maple Sunday, the sweetest day of the year. On this day in March, all the sugar shacks of Maine open their doors for tours and tasting. Guests are welcomed in from the cold (it was 14 degrees where we were up in Hope) to watch the sweet steam rise… 

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Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya with Pork and Alligator Sausage

Jambalaya

I’d better be straight with you, right off the bat. I have no idea if this recipe qualifies as “authentic” jambalaya. Heck, I’m not even sure if I know what authentic jambalaya is. I’ve never wrestled an alligator while an old man in hip waders and a white handlebar mustache looks on in knowing silence…. 

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8 Alcohol-Absorbing Recipes to Help You Survive St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day

A little bit of planning (and some carefully planned cooking projects), and you might even survive until Wednesday. Don’t worry; you can thank me later. 1. Corned Beef Hash “Have a great corned beef hash just once in your life, and you’ll find yourself forever chasing the experience, a journey that ultimately ends when you… 

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Lemon Vanilla Bean Pound Cake with Lavender Glaze

Lemon Vanilla Bean Pound Cake with Lavender Glaze

The first signs of Spring are starting to make an appearance. The mornings are heavy with  fog from the day’s warm air connecting with the mountainous snow banks. The sun shines almost every day, and the air smells like melting snow. It’s not a smell you can describe, but it’s a smell that everyone living… 

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Shrimp Hush Puppies with Spicy Remoulade

Shrimp Hush Puppies

My best friend just had a baby. She took her time in considering this event, longer even than I did. Was she okay enough? Was the world okay enough? Would the benefits outweigh the extreme possibility of mistakes and genetic misfortune. I’m so thankful she waited until she was certain, and when time was right she… 

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Fresh Guacamole with Tomatillos and Goat Cheese

Fresh Guacamole with Tomatillos and Goat Cheese

It’s time to confess something that I am ashamed to admit: I am a picky eater. I always have been. I cringe when certain food touches on my plate. (I am obsessed with segmented plates. They are God’s gift to neurotic eaters, whereas most casseroles are our kryptonite.) I have fond memories of being a kid… 

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Blueberry Clementine-Soaked Cake with Blood Orange Bitters

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It’s been a very snowy few weeks since we’ve been back in New England. We’re snug in our cozy house that has been renovated with knotty pine floors, white subway tile in the kitchen, and rough beams throughout the downstairs. We’re happy to be reunited with our farm table, baked bean pot, blueberry rake, Eleanor the doe-eyed… 

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