Maple Fondue as Featured on Design Sponge

Okay, I have talked about it forever, but this is the real deal - we are writing a maple cookbook! We are so excited about it and we hope you will be too! It is going to be more than a maple cookbook though. We are going to share some projects, some fun information about making maple syrup - but mostly it will about the amazing yumminess that we call maple syrup. We feel it is time to move the syrup bottle past the breakfast table and bring it everywhere we cook - and drink! I feel like I need to come up with a hashtag here, something like #maplesyrupismorethanabreakfastfood. A little long I recognize, but you get the drift! Maple-Syrup-Cheddar-Cheese-Appetizer_edited-1

Maple & Cheddar Cheese Appetizer

Cooking is a real ebb and flow with me. I "home-cook" in spurts. When I do cook, I tend to cook by "feel". You know what I mean, a little bit of this, a little bit of that until it is just right. So it is out of my general nature to "write recipes". Not writing recipes limits me from sharing what we love so much so now is the time to change that and set things straight. So, for the next few months I am going to be trying and working on recipes and sharing the process all along the way. But the best part (at least I hope so!), is that I want all of you to be part of it and help us make it happen! Cookbook-Submissions_edited3 So here is how this is going to work - oh and it involves giveaways!

Tell me what you want to see. What type of recipe, project, ideas or information would you like to see in our cookbook?

If you want to share your ideas and suggestions, please just comment here. Oh, and by commenting, you are entered in a giveaway! At random, we will choose one winner from the comments to receive a Maple Grove Candle and a 16 oz. Farmhouse Bottle of maple syrup! We will pick our winner on February 26th so you have plenty of time to come up ideas.

Do you want to help me test recipes?

We are looking for five recipe testers. We will send you about five recipes each for you to try out, make suggestions etc. We will of course send you all of the Finding Home Farms maple syrup you need and give you a budget for any ingredients, and a Finding Home Farms gift basket of lots of fun items. We will also feature you in our cookbook as one of recipe testers! Just send an email by to me by February 26th at and put "Recipe Tester" in the subject area. We will select five participants and then give you more information from there. You don't have to be an experienced chef, in fact, we are looking for a mix of experienced and inexperienced cooks to get a good sense of the recipes. Oh, and of course we will send you a copy of the cookbook as well.

Do you want to submit a maple recipe to be included in our cookbook?

Are you a recipe pro and would like to submit a maple recipe for us to include in the cookbook. Fantastic! We will include three reader recipes to be included in the cookbook with a highlight and a feature on you! It can be anything, a drink, an appetizer, a dessert or a main dish. I would say nothing too complicated that needs four hours of prep because, well, ain't no one got time for that! We are looking for creative but doable ideas. If you are featured in the cookbook, we will of course feature you and little bit about you, send you lots of maple syrup and pantry products, five copies of the cookbook, shout outs on the blog and social media, and a $50 gift card to Williams Sonoma so you can buy yourself something pretty for your kitchen. We will also share five additional recipes on the blog! Anyone who is featured on the blog with get an amazing gift basket filled with all kinds of Finding Home Farms maple syrup and pantry products, and a copy of the cookbook when it comes out. To enter your recipe, email me at and put "recipe submission" in the subject line. We are taking submissions until April 1st so that you can have plenty of time to come up with ideas and try them out.

***update - we are only going to be including recipes using maple syrup - thanks!***


Maple Bacon Cheese Cups

I am so excited about this! I think it is going to be way more fun to write this cookbook with all of you instead of on my own. I am so thankful to this blog and for where it has lead us with our business, so it just made sense for it all to be part of this cookbook. Truthfully, of course we are offering lots of giveaways in appreciation for your participation, because it is just funner that way. Yes, that is a word. Most of all, you will have our truly felt appreciation.

I can't wait to hear all of your ideas!

Thanks so much for reading!


February 18, 2016 — Laura Putnam