After a winter of serious fruitcake eating, Vermonters anticipate the first tastes of spring: fiddleheads, tart rhubarb and wild greens are among the flavors that announce the fresh new season. But it is the first sounds of spring that draw us into the natural world around us pulsing with life. When the sun goes down we hike into the woods to visit vernal pools, where a symphony rewards those willing to make the nighttime trek.
Exactly what does the old expression nutty as a fruitcake mean? In 1935, when southern baking companies had access to plenty of inexpensive nuts, their nut-dense fruitcakes earned the description that became part of American vernacular. Later usage of the phrase implied that a person who was nutty as a fruitcake was a bit mad. Here at Old Cavendish Fruitcake we work hard to dispel the myth. While our all natural cakes are thickly laced with high quality cashews and walnuts, we have had no reports thus far of anyone who has gone a bit dotty by having a slice of Old Cavendish Fruitcake w
Those of us who live in the forested hills on the back roads of Vermont learn quickly that losing power is part of life here, whether it’s from downed power lines in an ice storm or the fury of Tropical Storm Irene. When the lights go out we either fire up the generators or make do with candlelight and kerosene lamps. And we keep those refrigerator and freezer doors shut tight! One food that is impervious to power outages is Old Cavendish Fruitcake. While our moist, nutty fruitcakes love being stored in the back of the frig, they stay fresh and delicious on the kitchen counter as the pe
What do Vermont Turkeys and Cavendish Fruitcake have in common? Besides being delicious? We’ve all heard about local food and slow food and good food as qualifiers for appealing meals. We took that literally and bought our turkey, hand raised by our friend Joe MacDonald in Mt.