A poem

Celery raw develops the jaw, But celery stewed is more quietly chewed. — Ogden Nash

The Peach Wine Cooler Story

You asked me to relate the story of the time in my youth when my father (Luigi — the grandfather you never knew) made some homemade wine. Well, we have to go way back to, I believe, the year 1940. We had recently moved to Swanzey, NH. The house Dad had bought was a two story…

Part I: The Unlearned Tongue

One is born with no knowledge of taste, no delicate appreciation of delicacy; there is only the instinctive knowledge of hunger. We are born little more than hungry animals who need simply to consume an amount of fuel proportionate to our individual size and rate of development. The green gourmet with unlearned tongue must, by…

Prologue

I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I first began the Harrisville Heritage project. The first cookbook grew out of my having gotten my first apartment with a kitchen and realizing that I was on my own for food! Having grown up in the family I did, I had always been…

The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

¾ c butter flavored Crisco 1¼ c firmly packed brown sugar 2 T milk 1 T vanilla 1 egg 1 ¾ c flour 1 t salt ¾ t baking soda 1 c chocolate chips 1 c pecan pieces Cream Crisco, brown sugar, milk, and vanilla. Blend in egg. Gradually add flour, salt, and baking soda….

Norwegian Kransekake

I learned to make the kransekake (wreath cake) while we were in Norway. It sounds more complicated than it is; however, there are a few tricks. It’s important that the almonds be ground in a hand mill; a coffee grinder or food processor will not work. While you don’t have to have the special kransekakae…

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

1½ sticks butter (¾ c) 2 c sugar 3 c mashed bananas (about 8) 4 large eggs 2 t vanilla 3 c flour 2 t baking powder 1 t salt 1 c mini chocolate chips Cream butter and sugar. Add bananas and eggs, beating until well blended. Beat in vanilla. Add dry ingredients to banana…

Pistachio Fig Biscotti

½ t fennel seeds (optional) 8 T unsalted butter ¾ c sugar 2 large eggs 1 t vanilla extract 1 t anise extract or Sambuca 1 t lemon zest 2¼ c all-purpose flour 1½ t baking powder ¼ t salt ½ c shelled pistachios 4 oz. dried figs (about 6 large), stems removed, cut into ¼-inch…

Poached Bananas with Coconut Cream

4 firm, ripe bananas 2 c coconut cream Cut bananas in half, then split each half lengthwise. Simmer coconut cream in a stainless-steel saucepan or wok. Add bananas and poach for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve with chilled coconut cream custard or over vanilla ice cream.

Steamed Coconut Cream Custard

1 c coconut milk, preferably fresh 2 eggs, lightly beaten ¼ c palm sugar (if unavailable, then use ½ c dark brown sugar) Combine ingredients in small saucepan. Set over very low heat and stir, breaking up the sugar. Allow mixture to thicken slowly as sugar dissolves. For smoothest results, do not beat mixture, but…