The Outlander Kitchen Recipe Testers

The Outlander Kitchen Recipe Testers

“I volunteer as Tribute!”

“I want to be an OK recipe tester!” was a call I heard 432 times last week.

I am overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity and enthusiasm — seriously — I did not expect a response like this.

As you can imagine, sorting through all of those applications took quite some time, even with a big bunch assistance from Google Spreadsheets to sort, stack and collate the submissions every which way. I finally sent the emails out this morning – only a day later than I had planned – which is a bit of a miracle given the volume of amazing profiles and personal kitchen stories I was privileged to read and linger over this week. Read More

Young Ian’s Grilled Succotash Salad from Echo in the Bone

Young Ian’s Grilled Succotash Salad from Echo in the Bone

“Not for the first time, I mourned Mrs. Bug’s abilities as a cook, though of course I did miss her for her own sake. Amy McCallum Higgins had been raised in a crofter’s cottage in the Highlands of Scotland and was, as she put it, “a good plain cook.” Essentially, that meant she could bake bannocks, boil porridge, and fry fish simultaneously, without burning any of it. No mean feat, but a trifle monotonous, in terms of diet.

My own pièce de résistance was stew— which, lacking onions, garlic, carrots, and potatoes, had devolved into a sort of pottage consisting of venison or turkey stewed with cracked corn, barley, and possibly chunks of stale bread. Ian, surprisingly, had turned out to be a passable cook; the succotash and squash pie were his contributions to the communal menu. I did wonder who had taught him to make them, but thought it wiser not to ask.

An Echo in the Bone (Chapter 8 – Spring Thaw) Read More

A Gathering on the Ridge with Novel Adventures

A Gathering on the Ridge with Novel Adventures

I had an Outlander adventure last week — an amazing weekend packed with Outlandish activities — that I was very privileged to share with a diverse group of Outlanders from all over the US.

We gathered together on Thursday at The Mast Farm Inn in Valle Crucis, historic lodging in the Western High Country of North Carolina — the area that inspired Fraser’s Ridge — and just a few miles down the road from the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. Read More

My New Outlander Kitchen

My New Outlander Kitchen

If you follow on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll have seen me mention a kitchen renovation at least once or twice in the last few months. We started the process last October, but unfortunately ran into some trouble with our initial contractor. When the quote comes back at double the budget, it’s time to get a second opinion.

Enter IM Design, located right here on little old Pender Island. Santi and Patricia came over the day I called them to ask for help. They set my mind at ease immediately, especially about the budget. Our kitchen really isn’t that large, and they assured me that they could transform our 14′ galley into something special while sticking within the budget.

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