Cooking with Susie Q – Week of June 24, 2019

4 years ago

Finally!  It would appear that we are done with winter.  Seemed a long winter with a brief spring, straight into summer. I for one am ready. I have always loved cooking, and baking.

For everyday meals, special occasions and holidays (of course, also considered special occasions).  I have always tried to cook from scratch. Most often it was because I could control the ingredients and many times because it was also cheaper than the prepared version.

However, that was when I was cooking for five-plus various friends dropping by. Now that it is frequently just two of us at meal time, I have had to revise my thinking. It is hard to bake for two.  I have recently started buying — oh, my, this is hard — frozen biscuits. Don’t judge me. I have found them to be cheaper in the long run, I pull out two, bake and enjoy. I don’t end up throwing the rest of them out so it is a better deal.

The reason I’m sharing this is that strawberry season is almost upon us and one of our favorites is strawberry shortcake. With that in mind, I would love to have you share some of your tips for cooking for two. Maybe recipes for two? Thank you in advance.  

I met a woman this week making her own bug repellent for her yard.  I thought it might be good to try a homemade bug repellent for our family, as well.  I am sharing a recipe for an alternative to product made with deet. Have a great week!

Homemade bug spray

Make a mixture of 2 tablespoons of witch hazel, 1/2 teaspoon of vodka, 2 tablespoons of carrier oil such as almond oil, olive oil or grapeseed oil and 100 drops of essential oil, such as rosemary, lemongrass, citronella, tea tree, myrtle, peppermint or eucalyptus. For people who don’t have witch hazel, a mixture of 4 ounces of water, 5 drops of essential oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt can also be effective.

Is there a recipe you have been looking for or remember from your younger years? Can I help you find it? Do you have any recipes that are special to you that you could share with us? Please contact me at or c/o Pioneer Times, P.O. Box 456, Houlton, Maine 04730.