Cooking With Maple

As sugarmakers, syrup in our kitchen has always been a staple. Dad liked grade Fancy on the table, Mom liked the darker grades for baking. We liked syrup on the traditional pancakes, waffles, and cornbread with milk for breakfast; but also used maple for everything from coleslaw dressing to coffee cakes and pumpkin pie.

Maple milk is a treat, often found at fair time in Vermont, but easily made at home by stirring 2 tablespoons of maple syrup into a glass of cold milk. Maple milk shakes are popular as well, with two scoops of vanilla ice cream, 4 tablespoons of syrup, and 2 cups of milk, whirled together in the blender. A quick and easy dessert is made by heating 1 cup of maple syrup to boiling, pouring over vanilla ice cream, and sprinkling with chopped walnuts.