Back on the porch, and our wedding

Summers on the porch here on Main Street have always brought visitors by. From the start, my dad would wave them on up to join him on the white wicker chairs for a visit. Before they could hit the top step, he was turning to his daughters to bring out glasses of iced lemonade for…

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Raspberry Cream Scones with Rose Water Glaze

I like to think of it as my first act of food writing. It was just a few sentences on the back of a postcard (I’ve loved postcards for a very long time), sent home to my family on my first trip to Europe when I was in college. If you were to mention just…

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Chocolate-Covered Raspberries. Razzle-Dazzle.

Chocolate covered raspberry on a sheet pan, Maureen Abood.com

When we were out picking in the raspberry fields last week, our shout-outs to one another included what to make with all of the berries. From the youngest to the eldest among us, there were some darn good ideas: meringues with raspberries and whipped cream, raspberry cobbler, raspberry pie, raspberry swirl breakfast rolls, raspberry jam,…

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Technique: How to clean and keep raspberries

The technique for cleaning raspberries is very simple: don’t do it. Even when raspberries are coated with a bit of dust from the field, it’s better to leave them alone or just rub off what you see than to clean them. The moment raspberries come into contact with water, they begin to look like they…

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Ingredient: Raspberries, U-Pick

On the way into town up here on M-119, there was for many years a sign at Emmet Heights road, hand scripted in red paint: Raspberries U-Pick We waited for it every year, and didn’t hesitate to scream it out from the open windows of the big ole custom cruiser wagon as we drove up.…

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Favorite Things: A candy thermometer

This past weekend thermometers both failed me and came through for me. My instant-read thermometer met its maker in a melt-down accident when the poor guy was left in a gorgeous cut of tenderloin on the grill—with the grill lid down. Couldn’t stand the heat. But the tenderloin still came out great, even if we…

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