Acer Carya (aka Maple Pecan) Ice Cream

Acer Carya (aka Maple Pecan) Ice Cream

Tree food!  Sound appealing?  Okay, how about Maple-Pecan Ice Cream?  When I was making this recipe, it occurred to me that it derived its predominant flavor from two North American trees, Acer saccharum and Carya illinoinensis .  I didn’t formally study forestry but... read more
Maple and Orange Tea Cake

Maple and Orange Tea Cake

This cake is another example of substituting maple syrup for any recipe that calls for making caramel.  I saw this recipe in Better Homes and Gardens (February, 2017) and immediately decided it had a higher calling with maple.  Essentially you make an orange cake... read more
Pudding Chomeur

Pudding Chomeur

We are very fortunate to live about an hour away from Quebec.  This means we are very close to a world of incredible gastronomy from the global cuisine of Montreal to the traditional French bistros just over the border in Sutton.  Quebec has its well-known specialties... read more
Maple Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries and Hibiscus Flower Infused Maple Syrup

Maple Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries and Hibiscus Flower Infused Maple Syrup

Last February I was privy to a debate among the guys over how much effort a dude should put into Valentine’s Day. (Though we are always looking for more women to join the woods crew, it is largely a testosterone heavy zone.) They debated over the artifice and... read more
Cheesecake with Maple-Pecan Caramel Swirls

Cheesecake with Maple-Pecan Caramel Swirls

This is a gooey, mapley, creamy version of cheesecake.  There is a little bit of maple in each layer.  Just a tablespoon in the graham cracker crust helps bind the crumbs.  A bit in combination with brown sugar makes for a caramel-kissed cheesecake.  And the topper,... read more
Debbie’s French Rag Muffins

Debbie’s French Rag Muffins

During sugaring season I cook lunch for the crew every Friday.  In the early years I tried to gourmet the heck out of it by creating elaborate meals from different regions.  Our manager, Dean hinted strongly that what they would really like is just a hearty stew and... read more

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