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Maple Syrup Dumplings

Maple Syrup Dumplings

Maple Syrup Dumplings MMmmmmmmm  Comfort food warning! Comfort foods don’t have to be eaten only when one is in need of comfort. Sometimes the best time to partake is in the company of a friend you haven’t seen in ages. The maple season started early this year and so did the maple treats. I was invited to visit a friend on her homestead in the early days of tapping. She made maple syrup dumplings that we enjoyed with hot coffee…

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Rabbit Nuggets – Wild Harvested Food from the Forest

Rabbit Nuggets – Wild Harvested Food from the Forest

Rabbit Nuggets This recipe covers rabbits and hares, wild or domestic. We have too many snowshoe hares around the house. They can be be hard on a garden, fruit trees and brambles. And now, they can present a new problem. Canada lynx follow the hare population in Maine and have moved into our area. As beautiful as they are, I don’t want them here. The best way to lighten the possibility of their presence is to control the hare population…

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Cream Puffs – On The Fire

Cream Puffs – On The Fire

Cream Puffs Our Christmas edition of Big Wild is all about food. It took me two weeks to decide on a dessert for the show. Denny Corriveau and John Schumacher returned to cook with us. At first I felt like I’d really need to step this up and make something fancy. Christmas is all about family and food, but food was never fancy. I reminded myself of my own words of advice – good food doesn’t have to be fancy…

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Baked Grouse with Brown Rice, Cranberries and Walnuts

Baked Grouse with Brown Rice, Cranberries and Walnuts

Baked Grouse with Brown Rice, Cranberries and Walnuts It’s been a good hunting season for ruffed grouse, or partridge as most folks here call them. Do you know the difference between grouse and partridge? The locals say grouse is what you hunt with a guide and bird dog while partridge is what you hunt on your own, the difference being the amount of money spent on the excursion. 🙂 We’re going with grouse today. Baked grouse, brown rice, cranberries and…

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Beef, Vegetable & Barley Soup – Another Hearty Soup from On The Fire

Beef, Vegetable & Barley Soup – Another Hearty Soup from On The Fire

Beef  Vegetable Barley Soup Beef Vegetable Barley soup is one of my favorite soups. I like to make it on a Friday morning, store it in the fridge, and serve it as a hearty, easy dinner at the end of a busy week. This soup stores well in the fridge for three or four days, long enough to keep you well fed over a weekend or during a long week. If you don’t have stew beef on hand you could…

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Dutch Apple Pie – Streusel Topping

Dutch Apple Pie – Streusel Topping

Dutch Apple Pie Dutch Apple Pie was known as Sour Cream Apple Pie in my house when I was growing up. It was a once-a-year treat, always at Thanksgiving. Pies in general, unless it was pumpkin pie, were a holiday treat. This might have made Dutch Apple Pie special in one way but the decadent, somewhat old fashioned, filling, deliciousness of this pie would have kept it special if we’d had it every week. It’s hearty, not overly sweet (cut…

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Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies – Autumn’s Favorite Cookie

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies – Autumn’s Favorite Cookie

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies I think Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies are a tad bit fussy at the baking stage but they are worth it! Preheat your oven to 325°, lower than usual for cookies. And, lay a sheet of parchment paper on your cookie sheet. That’s it, the fussy part. The rest is “normal.” Pumpkin Snickerdoodles are an awesome autumn treat with a cup of hot tea, coffee or chocolate! They pack up well to take on the road because they’re soft…

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Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe – On The Fire

Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe – On The Fire

Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe After a long day of housework, bakery work, gardening and hunting, one of my favorite things to eat is a mug of Creamy Tomato Soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. This time of year there are ripe tomatoes to use up – they need to be eaten fresh, cooked into a recipe, canned or frozen. This soup recipe is simple and doesn’t require a lot of attention. You man use fresh or canned paste tomatoes (or…

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Italian Herb Vinegar Recipe – On The Fire

Italian Herb Vinegar Recipe – On The Fire

Italian Herb Vinegar Disclaimer: I don’t always follow recipes. This recipe for Italian Herb Vinegar is great but feel free to use it as a starter if you’ve never made herbal vinegar. If you’ve got fresh herbs that go well together, mix them up to suit your tastes. Italian Herb Vinegar is a nice addition to holiday baskets or as a hostess gift. You can make the bottle look nice by dipping the neck of the bottle in melted paraffin…

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