Month: March 2014

Sugar Shack Maple Themed Winter Dinner Party // Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles Blog

Sugar Shack Dinner Party

I’ve officially added eating at a Canadian sugar shack to my bucket list.  Sadly, most of them are a 15 hour drive from my current location. BUT!  My parents are currently in the process of moving to Connecticut and visits to them would put me within 5 hours.  Completely do-able and completely happening. Sugar shacks are somewhat of an institution in the Quebec.  During the harvest time for maple sap (usually February through April), sugar shacks open their doors and dish out amazing comfort food in a communal setting.  Given the pomp and pagentry of Thanksgiving and Christmas, the dead season that occurs after the holidays and before spring finally appears can be downright dull.  The concept of spending the day in the woods, perhaps on a sleigh ride, learning and watching syrup being made, and sitting down to a hefty meal seems downright divine and the perfect cure for some serious cabin fever.  If you’d like to read more, the New York Times has a great article here. I first learned of these “cabane …