Thanks for visiting us! This is our family blog about seasonal food, cooking and entertaining for family and friends. We think this stuff is important. Sharing food and drink together makes us civilized, we should do it well and with understanding.

Do we have a farm? Sort of. We have a garden, orchard, berry patch and bees. We grow about 50 fruits, veggies and herbs every year. We do not sell any produce but do trade with friends. We also have plenty of varmints trying to steal our goodies!

You will see food and cocktail recipes, gardening updates, strong opinions on entertaining, notes on good kitchen gear and the occasional cookbook or TV show review. Our kids will also chime-in occasionally. We hope you enjoy the blog, please share and comment!

If you need to reach us directly please try stewartbputney[at}gmail[dot]com.

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  1. Hello Carolyn and Stuart – Russell and I are very excited about your blog and have tuned in. We are about to try the salad with fennel and leeks. But the cocktails beckon!


  2. Wish I hadn’t read this the day I rashly decided to give up alcohol mid-week! Awesome site – the tagline’s untoppable and I like your philosophy as per your ‘about’ page. Oh, and we have an owl living actually in our roof, (yes, it’s that old and gappy) so there’s another thing we have in common ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. You guys are AMAZING! I just nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. (and a big thank you for the Sunshine nomination) I love all that you do, and can only imagine and dream of how delicious your family dinners must be!

  4. Your blog is a highlight for me, especially the weekly cocktail recipes. Any chance of doing a post on “Bitters”. Most people only think of “Angostura aromatic bitters” but I’m told this isn’t even a true “bitter”.

  5. Love a good cocktail with great food. You should check out my homemade cheese on my blog. I’m currently aging a white cheddar and can hardly stand looking at the waxed wheel in the fridge without wanting to cut ‘er open! Cheese, homemade cocktail and wine…heaven on earth. Now pair it with some homemade Italian or French bread and you’re in business. Love the blog.

  6. Hello ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on my blog and for the follow! You have a terrific blog – can’t wait to look some more! You aren’t by any chance located in Vermont are you? Just curious … I grew up in Vermont and wasn’t too far from Putney Vermont. Have a great day!

  7. You’re living my dream of growing my own vegetables! Someday I’ll achieve it. Even if for now I can manage to kill even mint. MINT. My green thumb is definitely lacking.

    • Growing your food is rewarding (but there are failures).

      You can have our mint…in fact it may be spreading all the way to mexico by now…

      Thanks for reading..

      • Thank you very much… It’s amazing how having to write up a recipe focuses you on the process well ahead of time… It’s a strange turn for someone who frequently adds this and that as they go!

  8. What a fantastic blog! I am so enjoying reading the recipes and stories behind them. I can’t wait to get back home so that I can actually try some of them out. Thanks for the great ideas! – Rene

  9. Just stumbled onto your blog, congrats on being freshly pressed, I can’t wait to read more, you’ve got a great thing going here!

  10. What lovely cocktails — just started blogging about breads and fresh salads, but you’ve got me itching to explore some new topics. Are you East Coast or West Coast?

  11. We are passing along the blog love and have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award ๐Ÿ™‚
    Here are the rules of acceptance:
    1.Thank the person/people who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
    2.Share seven possibly unknown things about yourself.
    3.Nominate 15 or so bloggers you admire.
    4.Contact the chosen bloggers to let them know you have nominated them and link back to them.

    -Chelsea & Cortnie

  12. Thank’s for following my blog. You have a great, and yummy food works, you know, I’m yearning to be a chef, and I get Inspired with your blog and so I follow you as well ๐Ÿ™‚ lots of smile, from Philippines! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. We would love to feature your blog and Bellini cocktail as Foodistaโ€™s Drink Blog of the Day. We love what you have here and I hope you will say yes. Iโ€™d love to tell you more about it but I cant seem to find your email address. Hope you can send me an email so I can tell you more about it. Thanks! alisa[at]foodista[dot]com

    • Hi Alisa,

      Thanks and we would be happy to be featured and learn more about it. You can reach us at:



      Stewart and Carolyn

  14. I hope you try this fabulous Red Velvet Cake recipe. It’s beautiful around the holidays especially if you pipe red frosting around the bottom and top. Let me know what you think.

  15. What a wonderful concept you seem to have here! I am currently travelling around being a very busy bee on the food tour in Spain but on my return I am looking forward to properly checking out some of these recipes. Straight from the garden and natural sources that’s what it’s all about and what I am searching for here in Spain… Happy cooking!

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  17. Hi there, friends …. I would love to have your home address .. have a little surprise lined up for Christmas or New Year … and it’s not me in person. Hope you don’t mind.
    Send it to my email address.

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      • Hi Carolyn & Stuart – Congratulations on your nomination for Blog of the Year. WE agree you DESERVE IT! We had the Black Velvet cocktail with our cheese fondue last night as part of NYE celebration and it was a huge HIT.

        Happy New Year & Love . . . A & R

    • Hi. Moscow Mule, Vesper Martini, Blue Hawaii, Mai Tail and Margarita are all drinks either invented or became popular during the 1950’s. All recipes are on CocktailDB and most have easily found ingredients…hope this helps!

  19. You have really nice blog. I found you through Google. I love that you farm your produce. I have very small garden on my balcony. Started with some herbs and some potted vegetables. I am truly inspired by you.

  20. Ah ha, you do not sell produce–I see that above ๐Ÿ™‚ Though I also see that you put it to good use. Nice! I believe I’ve seen you around deLizious facebook (only guessing as I see the last name Putney on a few Likes) and if that is you, I thank you kindly for the page Like ๐Ÿ™‚

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  22. deliciousnell’s nomination led me here. Great Blog! Your step by step images are great and the blog over all has a nice welcoming feel to it.

  23. Thanks for sharing awesome and unique recipes…..I was searching for a nice recipe to make Scones and my search ends with your recipes….will try one of them coming weekend !!! Thanks for visiting and following my blog !! TC

  24. Like your blog what I have read so far on handicapped/dialup Internet. Which Putney Farm? I lived in the Putney School Farm milk house around 1970 for a while. About the eggplant concoction, in a Lyons France restaurant enjoyed aubergine caviar, that is, caviar-like food made from eggplant. According to the book Around the Roman Table similar faked foods were common 2,000 years ago. Last week I thought, WTH, cooked up lambsquarter with the seed/flower buds and got the same crunchy texture as caviar. A new ingredient for eggplant caviar!

  25. Brilliant. As a farm girl that has very recently moved to London, its certainly nice to know there are some other city dwellers out there with a similar mindset! We have a great veg garden at home and our meals frequently consist of veg and meat entirely from the fields and garden so i cant agree enough.. seasonal, fresh is best!

  26. Hello, I have been browsing through your food blog and LOVE it! My name is Juanita Russell and I am the owner/publisher/editor of Color Me Southern Magazine and I am always looking for new content and recipes (for my Kiss My Grits section) for my magazine. I am writing to you cause I would love to use some of your recipes for my future monthly issues of the Magazine. I always give credit to the person responsible for the content and a link back to where the original content can be found. Please check out my October Issue at http://www.colormesouthernmag.net and let me know if I could use your recipes in future issues of the magazine. If this is agreeable to you, then I can also send you a link to the issues your recipes appear in if you would life to post it or let others know your content has been published. I anxiously await your response for I am on a deadline for our November Issue to be out by the end of this week. Thank you for your time and keep these recipes and ideas coming!

  27. Just read Stewart’s interview (with others) from 2013 about food photography for my other blog about our farm (not published… yet) – AWESOME! Now I have some prop ideas for one of our first posts. I’m excited!

  28. I was under the impression that your open house was this weekend but Dean had posted on Facebook his schedule says he has two classes in Florida this weekend. Help Iโ€™m confused. Please call me at 864 293 2941
    Ps I still have that pocket door hardware if interested. Let mo know.

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