December 2010

Baking with Maple Syrup: Pecan Pie

I like baking with maple syrup — it’s a natural sweetener with its own subtle flavor, and it has the added advantage that it’s perceived by most adult palates as less overpoweringly sweet than granulated cane sugars (like white or brown sugar).

Nowhere are these attributes more apparent than in pecan pie, which is just about my all-time favorite pie.  Caramelized sugars coating toasted pecans, atop a sweet custard and flaky crust…wow.  (Disclosure...

Xmas Tree Expedition

Yesterday Catherine and I had resolved to go walking into the sugarbush and cut a small spruce tree for the holiday. Then Felicity called and invited us to join her and Fraser on a rather more ambitious tree-finding expedition. So a small walk with the dogs turned into one of those magic family outings: four adults, two kids and three dogs.
We met at the Hidden Springs “pump house” (where sap from the HSM sugarbush is collected and concentrated...

Baking with Maple Syrup and a Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Since I married into the Cooper-Ellis family (Catherine and I celebrated our 30th anniversary last May, and the birth of our first grandchild last month!) I’ve been one of those immensely fortunate people who has more than enough  maple syrup.  I have used this wealth in all the usual ways – Catherine’s Swedish Pancakes with fruit, yogurt and some warm Fancy are a particular favorite.  But I’ve long enjoyed cooking, and I’ve found that maple syrup...

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December morning walk in the sugarbush

Beautiful morning, but chilly (26F.) Just a skim coat of ice in the puddles, nothing on the pond.

The dogs and I set out for a long-ish walk (about 2 miles) through the sugarbush.  I knew it was long enough because, at the end, even Sadie (the young yellow Lab) was just walking — not running ahead or begging me to throw a stick.