Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Quick and Easy Peach Pie with Streusel

White and yellow peaches mixed
Peach pie is one of summer's oldest rites of indulgence; indeed, there isn't a better summer dessert with the season's fresh peaches. This recipe for peach pie has no memorable source, since I have been baking it, or some version of it, for over 40 years. I have added blackberries to it and raspberries, as well. The fruit pie recipe takes about 20 minutes till oven-ready and that includes peeling the peaches. It calls for an old-fashioned streusel topping, but I have created an even quicker, easy method for fruit pie streusel.






Monday, July 11, 2016

Chocolate's role in Newport history

The American Revolution, chocolate, and our national historic treasures—
When Jews immigrated to America in their ever-evolving diaspora, they were not allowed to have slaves, so they turned to trade. Chocolate was the commodity which played an integral role in the development of important Newport landmarks, and indeed, many of Rhode Island's most valued national historic treasures.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

New England Clam Chowder - an old family recipe

New England Clam Chowder is a Rhode Island favorite hearty soup that feeds a crowd and comes from the sea, of course! An Ocean State original, made from quahogs...traditionally served after the "polar bear swim" on New Year's Day, this quahog clam chowder recipe is a keeper...
photo swatterson
a great family soup recipe that has been handed down through generations. Enjoyed the whole year long, New England clam chowder is a real warmer-upper for the brisk days of winter. Best prepared the day before you intend to serve.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Stainless steel countertop then and now

When we built Linden Cottage in 1980, kitchen countertops were not a particularly trendy real estate selling tool as granite and marble kitchen countertop property must-haves are today.
copyright 2016
Thinking "utilitarian, easy to keep clean and germ-free" with a family of six and an ever "revolving" kitchen door, we installed a stainless steel countertop.

While stainless steel can foster an industrial, modern feel, Linden Cottage is just the opposite, traditional and somewhat eclectic in design and decoration.




Tuesday, March 29, 2016

An Easter dessert with summer written all over it

In the past, key lime pies or lemon meringues were the usual Easter desserts. I have always purchased a coconut cake as well, I guess because it was a favorite with the kids especially if it was in the shape of a rabbit. This holiday, I came across a recipe for Coconut Key Lime Sheet Cake, a delicious combination of the three, no rabbit needed.


Monday, March 21, 2016

Snowy morning breakfast strudel made easy

This fruit strudel recipe is about the easiest breakfast treat or dinner dessert with a scoop of ice cream there is. Not much sugar and plenty of fruit wrapped in puff pastry from Pepperidge Farm. It reminds me of years ago when our daughter lived in California, we'd get this wonderful fresh strudel from a German bakery in Encinitas.



We awoke this second day of spring to snow here in Newport, so I decided to start baking.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

A secret corned beef and cabbage recipe served with a little Irish-American history


Happy St. Paddy's Day As I write this, everyone is at the St. Patrick's Day parade in Newport, RI. I can picture this sunny day, the streets awash in green crepe paper and hats, Irish knit sweaters, babies and young girls with shamrock-painted faces, and guarded flasks of Jamieson in herringbone vest pockets. I hear, even from here on other side of the hill, police car sirens resonating over and over, leading the parade to its end at the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), where the celebration will be capped off with a traditional American - Irish boiled dinner, corned beef and cabbage, a little more Jamieson and lots of Guinness.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Healthy whole wheat berry muffins

Homemade healthy breakfast muffins are easier than you think and take no time at all. No electric mixer needed. Recipes for muffins are much like making pancakes. The wheat and oat muffins below are made from whole wheat flour, a little old fashioned oatmeal, fresh fruit, plain yogurt and not too much sugar. The perfect healthy strawberry and blueberry muffin to start your day.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Planting a rose garden in the Northeast


When planting a rose garden in Rhode Island, or even just a few roses in the Northeast, there are many choices to consider: color, variety, whether shrub, tea, or climbing, fragrance, and of course, you'll want pest-free roses, disease resistant, and winter hardiness.

Monday, March 14, 2016

St. Patrick's Day in Newport is fine time for gardening

The St. Patrick's Day parade in Newport, RI, is a fine time to celebrate your Irish heritage or pretend to be from the Old Sod even for the day. But from the looks of this morning's police report in the Newport Daily News, we're more than happy to have spent these early spring days in the back perennial garden at Linden Cottage.



This past weekend was exceptional, a few rare glorious days in March, warm and sunny and perfect for clearing last year's spent foliage, because its clear to walk and rake freely and not crush any fresh green shoots just before the spring bulbs poke through the cold spring ground.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Newport, RI's oldest estate neighborhood and lead-free



Newport, Rhode Island's classic colonial homes are gorgeous, but homes built before 1978 can require expensive updates to ensure their healthy livability. Although it looks much older by design, Linden Cottage, built in 1980 in the "Top of the Hill" historic estate neighborhood, does not have one ounce of lead-based paint.





Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Losing a dear friend and four-legged family member

Losing a much loved dog can break your heart, and this week, our family's collective heart was broken. Our daughter's family dog, Hazel, a Bernese Mountain dog, has visited so often, I felt like WE had lost her when she texted to say "Hazel just died," at 7:15 Sunday night. Even though life expectancy is relatively short for Bernese, we somehow thought Hazel would be super Bernese dog. She was a "super dog" just not in longevity. Our daughter wrote so poignant a message on Facebook, I cried once again and again and reading it now...again.



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