Monday, September 19, 2016

Fall 2016 Update

Good afternoon!
We've been on a bit of hiatus, but have recently unearthed a few more recipes that we'll post to the site this fall.

In the meantime, here's Grammy Gertie's most recent project - an embroidered tablecloth that she worked on over the past few months. Its sale went towards fundraising for hospice!

She's doing well, and sends everyone her regards!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Grammy Gertie makes headlines!

Grammy Gertie recently had a moment in the spotlight, with an article all about her that appeared in The Berkshire Eagle!

If you haven't read it yet, here is the link:

Monday, May 12, 2014

Fiddlehead Fern

Special request from Grammy Gertie!
Having just celebrated her birthday, Grammy Gertie has requested we post her favorite soup recipe. We can't say no to that!

Grammy made a large batch of this soup this past weekend for Mother's Day, and the Treat siblings' consensus is that it tastes similar to cream of asparagus soup.

The fiddlehead ferns are seasonal, so make it while you can!

Cream of Fiddlehead Soup

From an unknown restaurant 
in West Cummington, MA

(Grammy Gertie's favorite soup)

Serves about 6.

1 lb. cleaned washed fiddleheads
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 leek (white part only) chopped fine
1/4 lb. washed spinach
3 Tablespoons butter
5 cups chicken stock
3 teaspoons all purpose flour
3/4 cup milk
1 Tablespoon tarragon
salt and pepper to taste
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1/2 cup cream
1 teaspoon nutmeg

-Saute onions, leeks in butter.  
-Add coarsely chopped fiddleheads, spinach.
-Add vinegar, tarragon, salt and pepper, chicken stock, and nutmeg.
-Cook and puree in food processor or blender.
-Resume back to pot and continue to cook.
-Mix milk and flour.
-Shake well and gradually add to broth until consistency.  
-Finish with cream and serve.

An optional way to bind without flour or milk
is to add a potato while still in broth, 
then blend along and it should thicken soup.

Sunday, September 1, 2013


Happy Labor Day!
We took the summer off, and had a lot of fun -- there was a big trip to Uganda, trips to the beach, barbecues and pies.

Now we're back, and will periodically be adding more recipes to the Recipe Box.

Here's something sweet for your Labor Day barbecues:


1/2 cup shortening (or butter)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 oz unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup flour
pinch of salt
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 ts vanilla extract

-Cream together butter and sugar, beat in eggs.
-Melt chocolate over hot water, mix in.
-Mix flour, salt and nuts, and add.
-Add vanilla extract.
-Pour into 8"x8"x2" pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Pickled Watermelon Rind

Summer means watermelon, and watermelon means piles of leftover rinds. Here's the perfect recipe to make sure you use every part of the buffalo.
This recipe takes 3 days.

For Grammy Gertie's more personalized version of this recipe, see here.

Watermelon Sweet Pickle
8lbs watermelon rind
1/4 cup salt
4 lbs sugar
1 quart vinegar
1/2 cup pickling spice

-Cut rinds into 1" cubes.
-Mix salt into 1 quart of water, add rind and let stand overnight.
-Drain, cover with water and boil until rind is tender.
-Combine sugar, vinegar, and pickling spice, and bring mixture to boil.
-Move watermelon rind to sugar mixture and let stand overnight.
-Bring to boil again, pack in sterilized pint jars.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Beef and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Greetings all,
I don't have the instructions for this recipe, so I'm making up what I think they would be... so basically, if it doesn't come out quite right, that's not on Grammy (it's on me).

Beef and Sun Dried Tomatoes
2lbs beef, cubed
2 med onions, sliced
1 TB flour
1 1/3 cup water
2 cup beef broth
2 1/2 oz sun dried tomatoes, sliced
1 TB brown sugar
1 TB worcestershire sauce

-Brown beef in pan, remove.
-Saute onion and garlic in pan. When browned add 1 cup of water.
-Mix remaining water with flour to make thickener. Add to pan.
-Add broth, tomatoes, sugar and worcestershire sauce. Bring to boil, then simmer until sauce thickens.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Basic Bread Pudding

The recent January streak of single-digit temperature days has left us craving something warm and cozy.
This recipe is the basic bread pudding recipe, but you can add raisins, fruits, chocolate chips, etc., if you wish to make it more interesting.

Bread  Pudding

1 quart milk
2 cups bread cubes
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 eggs
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 ts salt
1 ts vanilla
dash of nutmeg

-Scald milk in sauce pan, and add bread cubes and butter.
-Beat together eggs, sugar and salt.
-Add milk mixture and vanilla to eggs mixture.
-Pour into baking dish.
-Sprinkle with nutmeg.
-Place baking dish in pan of hot water, and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hr 15 min.