Recipes for Blueberry Season

Yesterday we went blueberry picking in a local organic field. Have you ever seen freshly picked blueberries? They look very different from what you usually see at the grocery stores. The waxy white coat you see on the blueberries is the natural bloom. After a good rinse to remove any debris and dirt they’re ready for eating! Here are a few of my favorite recipes from simple to decadent. (They’re also beautiful in a bowl for snacking!):
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Vintage Recipe: 1937 Savory Haddock Pudding

This fish dish is adapted from a recipe in a 1937 A&P grocery flyer. The idea of “fish pudding” didn’t sound so great to me when I first saw the recipe which made this savory meal so surprising and satisfying. Why did I make it, then? Because vintage recipes frequently surprise me when I give them a chance, plus it was fun to tease Wayne about his fish pudding dinner. He was very doubtful that it would be even edible until I texted him the above photo at work before he came home. When he ate it that evening he was a happy man. I think you’ll really enjoy this simple recipe if you like seafood. Continue reading “Vintage Recipe: 1937 Savory Haddock Pudding”

John Ruskin on Contentment

There are, indeed, two forms of discontent: one laborious, the other indolent and complaining. We respect the man of laborious desire, but let us not suppose that his restlessness is peace, or his ambition meekness. It is because of the special connection of meekness with contentment that it is promised that the meek shall “inherit the earth.” Neither covetous men, nor the grave, can inherit anything; they can but consume. Only contentment can possess. Continue reading “John Ruskin on Contentment”

Out Picking: Falmouth, Maine Lion’s Club White Elephant Sale & Auction

I was first in line today, and my shadow shows the silhouette of my canvas tote that I brought in anticipation of filling with a few goodies. This is a very big annual event with a gigantic “White Elephant” sale that begins at 8:00 a.m. and a half-day long auction of furniture, antiques, boats, cars, and whatever other donations they received. Continue reading “Out Picking: Falmouth, Maine Lion’s Club White Elephant Sale & Auction”

Bangles from Heaven

Yesterday Wayne and I planned to go to an auction in Topsham late afternoon. We left early enough so that we would arrive with time to get a number and preview the items. Once on our way, less than a minute on the road, we hit standstill traffic. We ended up being delayed by almost an hour and came close to turning around.  I find myself missing my 100 year old Nana most when I am out picking since she was a lifetime picker, too, although she was more elegant so for her it was always “antiquing.” I called her every week to tell her about my latest adventures and finds. It was only last month that she passed away, just a little over a week after I visited her in Connecticut. So in that moment stuck in traffic her loss really hit me.  Continue reading “Bangles from Heaven”

Fun “Fingertip Facts” from a 1950s Greater Portland, Maine Booklet

I’ve been busy rummaging through my old ephemera to get it ready for sale, and I thought it would be fun to share some of these Greater Portland, Maine tax, population and entertainment facts from a 1954 pamphlet and a 1959 booklet. Continue reading “Fun “Fingertip Facts” from a 1950s Greater Portland, Maine Booklet”

Vintage Maine Recipe: Baconized Corn Bread from Cooking Down East

Lots of rain here in Maine this spring which s a bummer. The bright side is that there are more opportunities for staying inside to bake! Today’s recipe is brought to you by Marjorie Standish from Cooking Down East published in 1969. Continue reading “Vintage Maine Recipe: Baconized Corn Bread from Cooking Down East”