Bread & Crackers – An eBook from Vermont Kitchen Books

December 28th, 2011 / comments 2

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My first eBook is finished. It’s called Bread and Crackers and it can purchased or borrowed from the Kindle store.

If you don’t have a Kindle, download free software here, so that you can read Bread & Crackers on your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, and Android Phone.

Bread & Crackers is a collection of my bread and cracker recipes and illustrated with my watercolor paintings. The recipes are enriched with memories, food history and musings.

Good Keeper Squash Dinner Party

October 14th, 2009 / comments 7

Gossip has it that Peter Peter the pumpkin eater, and his wife were having domestic difficulties.

Scare Crow 01 c egbert Good Keeper Squash Dinner Party

Perhaps Mrs. Peter would have been happier if Mr. Peter had been willing to expand his diet to include other squash rather than sticking to the somewhat dry, perhaps a bit boring, pumpkin. Don’t get me wrong. Pumpkins have an interesting past, after all Cinderella would have had to walk to the ball if there hadn’t been a pumpkin in her kitchen.

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Pumpkins, like all winter squash, grow in the summer and are harvested when the fruit and seeds have matured fully and the skin has hardened into a tough rind. Summer squash is in the market all winter and winter squash is available in the late summer, fall and winter. It might be less confusing if winter squash were called Good Keeper Squash and summer squash were called Eat Soon Squash.

The assortment of Good Keeper Squash at the farmers’ market this week included varieties I’d never cooked. I bought carnival, acorn, buttercup, butternut, and Hubbard squash. The bag weighted twenty-three pounds!  That’s a lot of squash – dinner party time! I invited friends to a squash sampling dinner party, and began to consider how to include five varieties of squash in one meal. I set guidelines – there would be no baked or mashed squash topped with maple syrup, brown sugar and/or marshmallows. I decided to roast a pork loin to accompany the squash. With others bringing an appetizer, a salad and a dessert I had four hours to cook. Luckily, my range has two ovens.

Dinner was a success, a autumn harvest meal with friends and conversation interspersed with irreverent jokes including one whose punch line was “They’ll call us vegetables.” It’s not a stretch to say that each of our friends is a Good Keeper.

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