Category Archives: Food and Cooking

BVC Eats: Smashed Yams

With the big US feast day coming up in a few days, a friend asked for a yams with broiled marshmallows on top. Here’s my version, which started in the Fanny Farmer Boston School of Cooking Cookbook circa 1971. It … Continue reading

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BVC Eats: COMFORT FOOD Pound Cake French Toast

Pound cake french toast is the ultimate in you-don’t-need-any-of-this breakfast food. It was once a favorite at our house until we swore off all pancakes, waffles, and similar breakfast treats because we outgrew our eatin’ pants. This is the first of the BVC Eats: COMFORT FOOD series. Enjoy! Continue reading

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BVC Eats: Chinese Sticky Rice Stuffing

by Brenda W. Clough As other bloggers here have noted, food is key. Hobbits love lembas; wizards and Rangers smoke pipeweed. Long before you understand another culture, another race, you are happily eating their food. Thanksgiving is the quintessentially American … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler’s Thanksgiving Rant

Could a computer run the United States? Let’s suppose we’re not that far off from this. I probably won’t be alive and neither will Donald Trump (fortunately) but it could happen. (Consider WestWorld—or is it Disney World?) Today’s political arena … Continue reading

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Squash Harvest, 2017

  Every year we grow winter squashes of various sorts for food. I specify food rather than decoration because the output of a small plot of land in nutrients and calories from winter squashes is extremely good. They’re not only … Continue reading

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BVC Eats: Creamy gazpacho

This cold soup goes down well as a first course for hot weather, or with a simple summer meal of cheese, bread, fruit, and wine. I always use Spanish olive oil because it tastes more like olives. The olive that makes it taste so strong is Manzanilla. Continue reading

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A SPOONFUL OF MAGIC

BVC Founding Member Phyllis Irene Radford is pleased to announce the release of her latest book from DAW Books, A Spoonful of Magic, under her Irene Radford byline. A Spoonful of Magic is the first book in a new series about … Continue reading

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BVC Eats: Chicken Tetrazzini

Chicken Tetrazzini was invented in honor of Luisa Tetrazzini (1871-1940), an Italian coloratura of international fame. It’s total comfort food: chicken (or here, shrimp), mushrooms, boatloads of cheese, and a thick buttery cream sauce. Continue reading

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Squashalypse!

Okay, we’ve all heard the warnings. In summer squash season, do not leave the window of your parked car down or you will find a 20 lb zucchini on the passenger seat. And every year we (as do many others) … Continue reading

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State of the Farm, Fall 2017

  (Picture from here.) You recall last year when we had the worst drought I’d ever seen since I moved out here. Parts of our garden just twisted themselves out of the ground and we lost a couple of trees. … Continue reading

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