What to Eat When It’s Snowing

on Jan. 28, 2015, at 1:39 p.m.
The Great Blizzard might be over, but this Maine winter is just getting started. (Don’t look now, but another storm is headed this way on Friday … and perhaps Monday too). That’s a lot of snow — and it means a lot of eating in with whatever you have. While …

Chicken Wings with Cranberry BBQ Sauce

on Jan. 28, 2015, at 10:31 a.m.
What a better appetizer for game day than some chicken wings with a cranberry BBQ sauce?! This simple and delicious snack is one that you can toss in the oven and forget them for nearly an hour. Keep them hot in a warm oven until you are ready to serve them. …
Grilled chicken wings pair well with Zephyr IPA, made by Rising Tide Brewing Co. in Portland. Both are served at the Nocturnem Draft Haus in Bangor.

The best local beer pairings for your game day celebration

By Kathleen Pierce on Jan. 28, 2015, at 5:39 a.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND | Elsmere BBQ and Wood Grill offers eight beers on tap. But if you order a pulled pork plate or ribs fresh from the wood-fired smoker, only one really scores. “Veridian IPA from Banded Horn Brewing,” owner Adam Powers says with authority. “[It’s] smooth, crisp and vibrantly …

Good sense, lots of soul, down on the farm

on Jan. 27, 2015, at 3:15 p.m.
Good sense and plenty of soul on a couple of thousand acres in Louisiana. Farmer Jack Dailey gives us his take on sustainable farming practices, and some of the secret joys of doing what he does.

Pretzel Bites with Beer Cheese Dipping Sauce

on Jan. 27, 2015, at 1:34 p.m.
A tangy beer cheese sauce is perfect for dipping homemade pretzel bites in during the Big Game this weekend. On Sunday, the New England Patriots will take on the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL championship game. You know the one. For the purposes of this column, we’ll just call it …

10 coffee brandy recipes for your blizzard survival kit

on Jan. 27, 2015, at 12:14 p.m.
Even though it’s produced in Massachusetts, Allen’s Coffee Brandy is widely regarded as “The Champagne of Maine.” Normally coffee brandy is mixed with straight milk or coffee, but with today’s epic #snowpocalypse, Mainers might find themselves reaching for an extra glass or two of our state’s most popular libation. So, …
The great Superbowl season downtown Bangor wing test. Wings tested from Geaghan's, Hero's, Nocturnem, Blaze, Paddy's, Sea Dog, Carolina's, Seasons, Hollywood Casino.

Food showdown: Finding the best wings in Downtown Bangor

By Emily Burnham on Jan. 27, 2015, at 8:42 a.m.
The big game is just around the corner. You know the one. It rhymes with “Goober Cole.” While football’s biggest game is why we celebrate, let’s face it: The food matters too. Some may say that nachos, chili, ribs or pizza are the perfect football food, but we here at …

Snack for Superbowl Sunday

on Jan. 26, 2015, at 10:58 a.m.
  Many Mainers are looking forward to Sunday’s game and are not the least deflated about the Patriots. You know that this is a national holiday, don’t you? You can tell by the displays in the grocery stores. Most significant holidays get a food and drink related display at the …
The Juice Cellar, Bangor's only raw and plant-based food and drink cafe, opened Friday at it's Maine Street location adjoining the Maine Discovery Museum. Along with a juice and smoothie bar, the cafe also features made-to-order salads, a full line of house-made vegan cheeses, dressings and snacks.

New vegan eatery, juice bar brings the squeeze to Main Street in Bangor

By Emily Burnham on Jan. 23, 2015, at 3:18 p.m.
The anticipation has been near-unbearable for Chris Roberts, owner of The Juice Cellar, the new juice bar and vegan restaurant that opened Friday in downtown Bangor. He signed the lease on the space that would hold his animal product-free and gluten-free eatery way back in August and originally planned to …

Ham, Cheddar and Spinach Quiche Recipe

on Jan. 22, 2015, at 12:24 p.m.
Eat well this weekend by whipping up this easy Ham, Cheddar and Spinach Quiche recipe this weekend for breakfast or brunch. Whereas weekday mornings are frantic, weekend mornings are lazy and laid-back. They are when we curl up with mugs of coffee and get cozy on the couch to read …
The chill scene at the Glacier Ice Bar and Lounge features oysters and caprese salads. The Samoset Resort attracts crowds for two weekends during the low season.

In midwinter Maine, the hottest night out on the town also is the coldest

By Kathleen Pierce on Jan. 20, 2015, at 4:22 p.m.
ROCKPORT | It took 10 culinary pros four days. But last Friday, when the Glacier Ice Bar and Lounge opened at the Samoset Resort, the team effort paid off, as streams of fur-clad locals and bundled-up out-of-towners flocked to the hotel to dine and drink in the frosty 13-degree …

Sweet and Spicy Pulled Pork

on Jan. 20, 2015, at 4:06 p.m.
Break out the slow cooker for this easy recipe for Sweet and Spicy Pulled Pork that bubbles away all day and is ready for a delicious dinner in the evening. “Do people even use crockpots anymore?” someone asked me recently when I was discussing the rise of the term “slow …

Panna Cotta Is Milk Jello

on Jan. 20, 2015, at 10:09 a.m.
All those milky, eggy, usually sweetened, custards and puddings like crème caramel and flan, and panna cotta which is the one with no eggs, usually scare the daylights out of me to make and unmold. I love to eat them when someone else makes them, and I know I just …

The bones know.

on Jan. 18, 2015, at 8:34 p.m.
Today I picked up a bone. A warm day put slush on the lakes and sent me into the hills. Instead of ice-walking for my daily dose of fresh air, I started up Cadillac Mountain from our house. There was plenty of animal sign–tracks, scat, and tiny piles of pinecone …
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Local, Lard, Love-all L words. Coincidence?

on Jan. 18, 2015, at 4:58 p.m.
I think not! As promised in my last post about my local-vore diet being incredibly healthy despite what the vast majority of of people eating the modern, western diet allow themselves to believe, this post will focus on lard. First though I want to mention two comments that were made …

Spatchcocked game hens… and notes from the Boeuf Prairie Farm

on Jan. 17, 2015, at 4:48 p.m.
Jack Dailey, a former student from my teaching days, checks in with Part 1 of the story of his family farm in Louisiana, and he sends us a killer recipe for spatchcocked Cornish game hens, which taste much better once you know what “spatchcocked” actually means.

Greater Bangor brewery updates

on Jan. 17, 2015, at 7:21 a.m.
I find it difficult to keep up with what’s happening with breweries in the Greater Bangor Area, I follow them all on their social media accounts but tend to miss some updates and announcements. I gathered up what’s been going on for an update on the Bangor beer scene. Cheers …
Philip Retberg (right) and his son Benjamin, 13, milk their cows at Quill's End Farm in Penobscot on Friday evening.  The cows produce about 20 gallons of milk each daily, which the Retbergs sell through a milk buying club.

Maine food activists say they’re optimistic despite legal, legislative defeats

By Mario Moretto on Jan. 16, 2015, at 7:15 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Despite being rebuked by lawmakers, the governor and the state’s Supreme Court, advocates for more local control over food policies are gearing up to bring their fight to Augusta once again. “It has not taken the wind out of our sails,” said Heather Retberg, owner of Quill’s …

Cooking in a Townhouse: The Last Steak

on Jan. 16, 2015, at 5:15 p.m.
My smoke detector talks. When it goes off for more than a few seconds, it tells you to get out — oddly like a line from The Amityville Horror that I quoted not long before hearing the smoke detector for the first time. The eerie male voice — the one in …

Goodbye In’finiti, Hello Liquid Riot Bottling Company

on Jan. 15, 2015, at 4:23 p.m.
In’finiti Fermentation & Distillation in Portland closed it’s doors in early January for maintenance, they are opening back up tomorrow, January 16, 2015 at 3pm but regulars will notice a few changes. First off, In’finiti is no more, due to other breweries opening in the past couple of years that named …
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