Kathleen Pierce

Senior Features Reporter

Kathleen Pierce is a Portland-based features writer in search of dynamic stories in Southern, Maine. Emphasis on arts, culture and food trends. Follow her on twitter @piercenews.
 
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Instant gratification in Camden

on June 01, 2015, at 12:20 p.m.
Ad hoc refreshment/spontaneous relief. In a one-two punch I found diverse forms of liquid relief on a recent sunny weekend in Camden. The first came while cruising between Lincolnville and Rockland betwixt assignments. No nourishment since York county, I was on empty. The Smoothie Shack, a highend trailer on the …
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Instant gratification in Camden

on June 01, 2015, at 12:20 p.m.
Ad hoc refreshment/spontaneous relief. In a one-two punch I found diverse forms of liquid solace on a recent sunny weekend in Camden. The first came while cruising between Lincolnville and Rockland betwixt assignments. No nourishment since York county, I was on empty. The Smoothie Shack, a highend trailer on the …
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Beth Herriman of Cape Elizabeth lives in a converted 19th century horse stable originally designed by John Calvin Stevens.

Couple transform former horse stable into stylish cottage by the sea

By Kathleen Pierce on May 31, 2015, at 5:58 a.m.
CAPE ELIZABETH | Located steps from the ocean and adjacent to Fort Williams Park, the long and narrow former horse stable was skirting dilapidation. “It was a hot mess,” confirms Beth Herriman, who bought the mess in Delano Park and turned it around. Built in 1885 by John Calvin …
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Eat a lobster roll, help Nepal

on May 28, 2015, at 1:50 p.m.
To get chefs to jump into action on the cusp of the busy tourist season, or any day of the year, isn’t easy or enviable. So the lightening speed of Pop-up For Nepal, coming together in two short weeks, is as laudable as the lineup. On Monday, June 1, a …
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Full Belly Deli reopens as Rosen’s in Westbrook

on May 27, 2015, at 9:03 a.m.
Squeals of delight and mile-high corned beef sandwiches sailed through the air. The holiday weekend was over, but on Tuesday when Rosen’s Deli opened for the first time, the celebration had just begun. The long-awaited reinvention of Portland’s dearly departed Full Belly Deli opened in its new location by the …
To make your own yogurt, start with a live culture.

How to make your own yogurt

By Kathleen Pierce on May 26, 2015, at 3:10 p.m.
I decided to make yogurt over Memorial Day weekend. Halfway through my adventures in acidophilus, yogurt’s “friendly” bacteria, I almost gave up, ditched the project and headed outside into the spring afternoon. After all, isn’t weeding more fun than watching milk curdle? To the uninitiated, trying to turn liquid dairy …
Sheep at North Star Sheep Farm in Windham get minerals from spent grain, which makes up 10 percent of their diet. Plus, they love it, says owner Lisa Webster.

Waste from brewers, coffee makers gets second life on farms

By Kathleen Pierce on May 25, 2015, at 5:29 a.m.
Spent grain, coffee chaff and grounds. Average beer drinkers and java junkies probably don’t ponder the waste byproducts generated during the production of their favorite drinks. However, behind the scenes, organic matter produced during brewing and coffee roasting processes is becoming a farming and gardening staple — an effective, low-cost …
Dan Sortwell, roastmaster of Big Barn Coffee, stands in the hayloft of his family barn where he played as a child. He now roasts beans for a living here.

‘It’s authentic’: Wiscasset family dairy becomes coffee roastery

By Kathleen Pierce on May 24, 2015, at 5:56 a.m.
Some family heirlooms are jewels or furnishings passed from generation to generation. Dan Sortwell’s inherited treasure came with stalls, pine floors, cupolas and horse-chewed ladders that lead to an epic loft. “I used to play in the hay lofts when I was a kid,” Sortwell said on …
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Yarmouth farmer’s market version 2.0

on May 21, 2015, at 1:03 p.m.
Local clams, lobsters, pies, gelato, music, art. Thursday nights in Yarmouth this summer just got sweeter. A new farmer’s market opens June 4th on the corner of Main and Mill streets to add pizzaz to the produce popup scene. “We wanted to build on the strengths of the original market and …
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"Night of the Living Deb," a zom-com shot in Portland last summer, premieres in Portland, Biddeford and Brunswick.

‘Night of the Living Deb,’ shot in Portland, to premiere in Maine

By Kathleen Pierce on May 21, 2015, at 12:20 p.m.
Blood-spewing corpses clutter the Old Port. Savages, pale and wan, feast on intestines. A fiery redhead and her buff male counterpart careen through Portland to escape the zombie apocalypse. Heard this before? “Night of the Living Deb,” filmed in Portland last summer, premieres Thursday in Maine’s largest …
Wild gathered ramps, distributed by Crown O’'Maine Organic Cooperative, are a seasonal edible.

‘A great spring vegetable’: Ramps, wild leeks season in Maine is on

By Kathleen Pierce on May 19, 2015, at 2:12 p.m.
They are abundant, natural and springing up on plates at bistros, farmers market kiosks and on grocers’ shelves. Ramps, also known as wild leeks, are at their peak in mid-May in parts of Maine. Like most things worth waiting for, the season is short, so don’t hesitate for this taste …
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Maine’s caffeine scene perks up

on May 19, 2015, at 8:13 a.m.
After a week in soggy Ireland slurping tepid coffee and so-so tea, it’s great to be back in the land of the bean. Especially this spring in Maine, when so much is shaking. First, there is the Bard Coffee makeover revealed Monday. Portland’s first thridwave shop in the heart of …
A new bakery called Boulangerie in Kennebunk, named after the French word for "bread shop," is set to open in a converted 19th century barn just a few yards off Main Street on May 15.

Couple who met at sea come ashore to open bakery in barn

By Kathleen Pierce on May 11, 2015, at 8:13 a.m.
KENNEBUNK | Amy and Zachary Tyson have lived in tighter spaces. Much tighter. The couple met while working aboard private yachts — she was the chef and he the first mate — and shared a 14-foot cabin during their courtship at sea. Since coming ashore in downtown Kennebunk to …
Peg Keyser holds one of her hens in her South Portland backyard in this Sept. 10, 2014, file photo.

Raise chickens in the city without going afoul

By Kathleen Pierce on May 10, 2015, at 4:21 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND | In urban areas across the state and the country, chickens raised in backyards, not farms, have become easy-to-care-for pets, attracting families, singletons and anyone who likes to eat omelets around the clock. Gardeners also are keen on fowl. On a quarter of an acre, behind a …
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California winemaker launches blueberry champagne from Maine

on May 06, 2015, at 2:39 p.m.
A dramatic makeover of the lowly blueberry previewed in Portland last week as Michael Terrien uncorked his first batch of wild Maine blueberry wine — Bluet. The handsome bottle debuted at Eventide Oyster Co. on an idle Tuesday. At the informal tasting, restaurant and bar owners snapped it up like brown butter …
From white to green to brown, colored eggs at Menagerie Farm in Vasselboro are organic and fresh.

A quick guide to buying farm-fresh eggs

By Kathleen Pierce on May 05, 2015, at 4 p.m.
The TV jingle used to crow, “brown eggs are local eggs and local eggs are fresh.” What about blue eggs? White? Off-white? Sage green? At Menagerie Farm in Vassalboro, multi-hued, free-range, organic orbs laid by 48 hard-working fowl sell within days. “Free range makes a huge difference. The yolks are …
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Top chefs Mark and Clark check out of the Press Hotel

on May 04, 2015, at 5:10 p.m.
Stop the presses!! Why did chefs Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier suddenly pull out of the Press Hotel? News broke Friday that the James Beard winning duo, days away from opening their second restaurant in less than two years, are no longer part of M.C. Union, the anchor restaurant in the …

Baker turns medical marijuana into pastries for pain

By Kathleen Pierce on May 04, 2015, at 4:17 p.m.
The Wellness Connection of Maine hired a kitchen operations manager recently to keep up with member demand for edible cannabis.
Baker Brooke Hebert was hired recently to make medical cannabis cookies and pastries for members of the Wellness Connection of Maine. Here she makes a test batch of gingersnap cookies in the new bakery in the Gardiner headquarters.

Medical marijuana dispensary baker helps patients deal with pain

By Kathleen Pierce on May 04, 2015, at 2:31 p.m.
GARDINER | In the basement of a former train station, the faint smell of cannabis hangs in the air. Pacing around a squeaky clean kitchen, Brooke Hebert tosses ginger snap cookie dough into a bowl of sugar. When her pastries are laced with pot, they will be sold upstairs …

Baker turns medical marijuana into pastries for pain

By Kathleen Pierce on May 04, 2015, at 2:31 p.m.
The Wellness Connection of Maine hired a kitchen operations manager recently to keep up with member demand for edible cannabis.
 
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