High and Heady Taos, New Mexico – Best-ever Southwest Black Bean Soup

on June 22, 2016, at 4:02 p.m.
A repost, oldie but goodie: An introduction to the wild and weird spirit of northern New Mexico, and my favorite-ever black bean soup recipe.

Curry Vegetables and Lentil Rice Recipe

on June 21, 2016, at 1:22 p.m.
A one-skillet dish, Curry Vegetables and Lentil Rice has bold, Indian-inspired flavors. The Orono Farmers’ Market was loaded with greens last Saturday. Bags stuffed full with diminutive leaves of baby Swiss chard and beet greens. Big heads of lettuce — some curly, some smoother. Bunches of firm kale leaves in different varieties. …

For a crowd, do dijon chicken

on June 21, 2016, at 9:18 a.m.
Chicken is such easy going stuff, amenable to all kinds of flavors, and manner of preparation whether stove top, oven, or grill. Most modern people don’t have to catch chickens, murder, pluck, and eviscerate them, and besides all that, we can buy vast quantities of all our favorite parts: breasts, …

Cooking tip: How to measure flour

By Gabor Degre on June 20, 2016, at 3:52 p.m.
David Wilson of The Bacon Tree in Winterport shares a tip on how to measure flour in a way that keeps your biscuits light and fluffy.
The Bacon Tree restaurant has reopened at a new location in Winterport.

Home cooking takes center stage at The Bacon Tree’s new location

By Shelby Hartin on June 20, 2016, at 3:52 p.m.
There’s no guarantee entrees will show up again. Here, dinner can be a new and exciting surprise every week for patrons.

Dysart’s limited edition PurpleBerry Pie is for a good cause that hits close to home

on June 20, 2016, at 3:37 p.m.
Strawberry rhubarb pie. Blueberry pie. Apple pie. … PurpleBerry Pie? Yep, it’s real and it’s available at Dysart’s for a limited time starting today. And this is a pie for a good cause (or as Dysart’s puts it: “Pie with a Purpose”). Proceeds from sales of the pie will be …

Being a Maine naturalist is risky business.

on June 19, 2016, at 9:42 p.m.
Another installment in my progress as a Maine Master Naturalist tier 1 student.   One thing we were not told when applying for the Maine Master Naturalist program were the risks involved. Yes, sun block and insect repellent were mentioned, but vicious flying toe biters and aggressive as-only-a-mother-can-be goshawks were …

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and Nona Mac’s Southern Pastry, Vegan Style

on June 15, 2016, at 6 a.m.
How about some strawberry rhubarb pie made with Nona Mac’s southern pastry, vegan style!

Strawberry Festival at Dirigo Grange in Freedom

on June 14, 2016, at 4:14 p.m.
Saturday, June 25, 2016 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: Dirigo Grange Hall, Route 137, Freedom, Maine FREEDOM — Strawberry Festival, 4-6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25, Dirigo Grange Hall, Route 137, to benefit Dirigo Grange.   This post was contributed by a community member. Submit your news →
An updated version of hard-shell tacos features the same crispy shells, but with a filling of potatoes, avocado, spring onions, crema and baby lettuce greens.

Rallying to defend hard-shell taco choice

By Louisa Chu, Chicago Tribune (TNS) on June 14, 2016, at 1:10 p.m.
To celebrate the hard-shell taco, we cooked up a batch from a kit, which most of us hadn’t tried in decades. They were even better than we remembered.

What to Do with Strawberries This Season

on June 14, 2016, at 12:45 p.m.
When Treworgy Family Orchard in Levant posted on Facebook Saturday afternoon that they had a great opening day for strawberry season (they’ll be reopening for picking this weekend), I couldn’t help but get a little excited. Strawberries have been my very favorite fruit since childhood — the one I most …
Kate McAleer, owner of Rockland's Bixby and Co. received a $100,000 grant from The Tory Burch Foundation.

Rockland chocolate bar maker launches new line on $100,000 grant

By Kathleen Pierce on June 14, 2016, at 7:51 a.m.
McAleer was one of 500 female entrepreneurs from across the country who entered the competition — and the only from Maine.

Not-So-Plain-and-Simple Rhubarb Cakes

on June 13, 2016, at 8:05 p.m.
  Gingerbread with rhubarb was what Stephen Bergey, Belfast, remembered having for breakfast. He was pretty sure it was one of Brownie Schrumpf’s recipes. So we asked here a couple of weeks ago, and sadly no one seems to have Brownie’s recipe. In the process, though we collected a few …

Here’s what it would cost you to do Portland like Bon Appetit magazine

By Samuel Shepherd on June 10, 2016, at 3:49 p.m.
If you’re a travel writer, you can expense your meals. What if you actually live here?

A Dive Bar To Remember: Tomaso’s Canteen

on June 09, 2016, at 11:56 a.m.
Recently, there has been one place in Portland that I just keep coming back to. Any ideas? This spot recently opened, and has specials for practically every day of the week. It’s Tomaso’s Canteen! What was formerly Sangillo’s is now a dive bar owned by the owner of Samuels, another …
Strawberries picked by customers fill several boxes at Adams Strawberry Acres in East Corinth, June 26, 2015.

Despite turkeys, lack of snow, strawberry farmers ready for eager pickers

By Abigail Curtis on June 09, 2016, at 6:17 a.m.
With a couple of weeks to go before the strawberries ripen enough to be picked at most farms in the state, things are looking up.

A naturalist and mother-of-the-bride collide

on June 08, 2016, at 6:34 p.m.
The intensity of the Maine Master Naturalist program allows for no interruptions and no absences. The application is quite clear: if you cannot attend all classes and workshops, do not apply. My best and wisest and most beautiful daughter was getting married, here in our backyard, about three weeks after …

Blueberry Oatmeal Crumb Cake

on June 07, 2016, at 3:30 p.m.
There are so many ways to change the world, and so many ways in which people do. Farmers who’ve eschewed modern, more industrial farming methods in favor of older ways that celebrate the land and value older wisdom like companion planting, are changing their own worlds by being gentler to …
From industrial blight to glamorous wine ballroom, Cellardoor at The Point is now open in Thompson's Point.

Wine, beer, spirits pour life into Portland neighborhood

By Kathleen Pierce on June 07, 2016, at 2:07 p.m.
It’s still a semi-construction site, but hard hats are slowly being traded for caps and fedoras as liquid culture pours into Thompson’s Point, which has long been under development.
Houlton Farms Dairy products include butter and a variety of milks.

Houlton Farms Dairy customers melting down during butter shortage

By Julia Bayly on June 07, 2016, at 12:12 p.m.
Houlton Farms Dairy has suspended its butter-making operations until this fall, and that has butter-loving fans scrambling as supplies melt away.