Stack your pancakes, everyone. All that frigid, white stuff that blanketed the Northeast this winter is going to give us a banner year in maple production, according to a recent story in The Wall Street Journal.
|Cleo Coyle, mad for maple, |
is author of The
That's right, this is the season for tapping trees and boiling down maple syrup. For far too many years, I mistakenly thought winter was the time for maple syrup production. (My romantic notion was, no doubt, engendered by the plethora of bucolic photos showing snowy Vermont woods with slate gray buckets hanging from craggy, brown tree trunks.)
Wrong, wrong, wrong. Spring is the season of sugar! One fine year, I hope to visit a maple syrup farm in Upstate New York or New England. Until then, I'll have to content myself with the fruits of the farmers' labors via online shopping (or a trip to my local market). On the other hand, thanks to our friends at YouTube, we can take a *virtual* trip north anytime...
maple syrup is made, take a *virtual* trip
with me to the Bushee family farm in Vermont...
With all that sweet maple syrup on its way, I’ll be sharing some maple recipes with you over the next few weeks, starting with a few suggested by chefs quoted in The Wall Street Journal...
Maple Ice cream Topping
Maple can offer a smoky-sweet note to many dishes. In this salad dressing, it serves as a sultry substitute for honey.
4 teaspoons lemon juice*
Sea salt and ground pepper (to your taste)
Servings: This recipe makes 4 small salads or 2 large ones
~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries
at my *virtual* coffeehouse:
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to learn more about Cleo's culinary mysteries.
A final, quick note for our mystery reading fans.
The latest Mystery Readers Journal with the theme Hobbies, Crafts, and Special Interests is now available.
The issue, edited by Mystery Fanfare's Janet Rudolph, includes many mystery authors who have guest posted for us over the past year. You can check out the contents by clicking here, which will also give you info on how to purchase a copy (hard or electronic) for yourself.