Articles by Sandy Oliver


Quickles Are Pickles in a Hurry

on May 02, 2016, at 3:10 p.m.
How quickly can you pickle? Usually, we think of pickles as a longer term process involving canners, bushels of cucumbers and green beans and onions, and gallons of vinegar, and lots of jars or crocks. But suppose you just want a little bit of tang on your plate, or to …

Remembering Brownie and Eating Her Crunchy Coconut Cookies

on April 26, 2016, at 8:17 a.m.
TASTE BUDS: Several of you wrote to say you knew Brownie Schrumpf and recalled her fondly. We ought to have another of Brownie’s recipes here.

Please Your Vegetable Sweet Tooth with Carrot and Parsnip Puree

on April 18, 2016, at 11:11 a.m.
If you grow parsnips then you know that this is the best time to dig and enjoy them. Overwintering in the ground turns parsnips into candy. Still, there are some who look askance at them, and it occurs to me that perhaps this combination with carrots might make a parsnip …

Savory Butternut Squash Custard

on April 12, 2016, at 9:27 a.m.
Butternut squash or any other winter squash with firm, smooth flesh can be pureed with cream and eggs and baked just as you would custard.

Pork Chops and Apples from Brownie

on April 04, 2016, at 6:40 p.m.
TASTE BUDS: Enjoy your pork chops, dear readers, and raise a glass to Brownie before tucking into them.

Chicken Liver Mousse (to Stuff Eggs Easter’s Boiled Eggs, or Not)

on March 28, 2016, at 10:55 a.m.
A couple hard-boiled eggs in the fridge never hurt anyone. Like leftover chicken, or boiled pasta, cooked eggs are so darn versatile. So after Easter, we regale ourselves with egg salad sandwiches; deviled eggs; curried creamed eggs on toast for breakfast or lunch, sometimes with shredded spinach or chard mixed …

Buchteln, Sweet Buns, for Easter Brunch

on March 21, 2016, at 2:37 p.m.
Europe and Eastern Europe are home to a pretty delectable array of yeast-raised sweet cakes and buns. Ruth Thurston in Machias sent in this recipe for Buchteln, famous in Vienna, saying that her family enjoyed them and she thought I might, too. How we wouldn’t like them, I cannot fathom: …

Irish Pound Cake

on March 14, 2016, at 3:29 p.m.
A proudly Irish Islesboro matriarch gave me this recipe. Eileen Shea Boardman sent this recipe along years ago, and as I do with practically all the recipes anyone sends me, I tucked it away for a time when I needed an idea or inspiration. I ended up making it to …

No-Fail Black Bean Soup

on March 08, 2016, at 8:42 a.m.
Normally, a recipe for soup would seem to be superfluous to me. But not long ago, when I said I never used a recipe for soup, some one of my pals rolled her eyes and said, “Of course, you don’t,” which was the reminder I needed that if a person …

Of Baked Beans and Blueberry Bang Belly

on Feb. 29, 2016, at 10:43 a.m.
Last week baked beans filled this spot, and a query went out for a dish named Blueberry Bang Belly. I wasn’t too surprised when I heard back about beans, because Mainers can be downright dogmatic about them. One writer said the column wasn’t worth reading because there was no mention …

Real Maine Baked Beans

on Feb. 22, 2016, at 12:01 p.m.
Yellow eyes, Jacobs Cattle, Soldier, or Great Northern beans slowly baked with a chunk of salt pork; a little—not too much—molasses and sugar, dried mustard, an onion and enough liquid to keep them just barely covered is how Mainers make baked beans. It is a time honored combination, and we …

Brussels Sprouts Marinated: An Elegant Side Dsih

on Feb. 15, 2016, at 4:46 p.m.
Brussels sprouts still grace the vegetable aisles, farmer’s markets, and if you are lucky, since this has been such a mild winter, maybe even your garden. While they are not universally popular, those of us who like them are glad to have a couple new ways to prepare them. This …

Rich, Creamy Chocolate Mousse for Your Valentine

on Feb. 08, 2016, at 5:21 p.m.
This is the richest, creamiest, most luscious chocolate mousse I have ever eaten. You might want to make this for a special someone, or just for yourself. Or tuck the recipe away for the next time you need an elegant desert when effort spent and calories ingested are not at …

A Cheesy Corn Dip for Super Bowl Noshing

on Feb. 01, 2016, at 3:28 p.m.
You are going to need snacks on February 7 if you plan to watch the Broncos play the Panthers in Super Bowl 50. It is practically un-American not to. Of course, you could just eat snacks and not watch the game, especially since the Patriots aren’t playing. This oozy, gooey, …

Recipe: Instant oatmeal without the gummy texture

on Jan. 25, 2016, at 12:22 p.m.
Cooked oatmeal, a warm porridge with milk and a bit of sugar and raisins, maybe a dash of cinnamon, is such a good breakfast when the wind is howling outside and it is cold. Of course, I know people who eat porridge every morning of their lives as my dad …

Butternut Squash Salads, Uncooked

on Jan. 18, 2016, at 5:06 p.m.
Taste Buds: Raw butternut squash? Really? I know: what a surprise. It’s good.

Spicy Chicken Warms Us from Inside Out

on Jan. 11, 2016, at 9:50 a.m.
LeonNa Gilbert lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she works at the University of Arkansas, and cooks a lot. Don’t ask me how, but she discovered this column years ago on the Bangor Daily News website, where she reads it weekly and often sends me an email note. Leo and I …

Grateful for Grapefruit

on Jan. 05, 2016, at 8:40 a.m.
Taste Buds: Raise a toast to vitamin C.

Easy and Elegant Latke Hors d’oeuvres

on Dec. 29, 2015, at 8:33 a.m.
Taste Buds: It is amazing what the tiniest bit of caviar can do.

Melting Little Snowballs

on Dec. 22, 2015, at 8:45 a.m.
Taste Buds: The species of holiday cookie known as snowballs really do melt in your mouth.