EAT REAL (blog)

Don’t be a grasshopper!

on July 26, 2014, at 9:31 p.m.
The abundance of summer is upon us and as the best that a garden in Maine can offer begins to roll into the farmers’ markets, arrive in your CSA bag or, better still, directly into the kitchen from your own garden, it is time to start thinking about…winter. I know, …
From the community
The Gardiner Food Co-op crew cooks up a storm

Gardiner Food Co-op and Cafe announces recipe contest winner

By sarah miller on July 25, 2014, at 12:29 p.m.
On July 19th, the Gardiner Food Co-op & Cafe held a recipe contest at the Gardiner Farmers’ Market. The smells of grilled cheese and hearty soups wafted from the Gardiner Common as more than 50 judges (from the general public) tasted the 10 competing recipes. The contest was held for …

The Koelschip behind Allagash Coolship beers

on July 25, 2014, at 9:44 a.m.
A few weeks ago I made my first visit to Oxbow Brewing Company for samples and a quick brewhouse tour, on the way inside the brewery I spied a Koelschip sitting out front and realized I haven’t done a blog post about them yet. Koelschip or Coolship is a large, …

“No News” (stop me if you’ve heard it!) – I’ll take Manhattan

on July 24, 2014, at 4:16 p.m.
"No News," an old vaudeville routine, exhumed and retold. Plus, a classic Manhattan - good any time of year, but not very often.

Summer Sangria

on July 24, 2014, at 1:35 p.m.
Fresh summer fruit, crisp white wine, and basil…how refreshing! This cocktail is delicious and summery. Sunshine in a glass. Use whatever fruit is in season. Fresh fruit is key. Cheers! Ingredients: 6 cups assorted fruit, such as peaches, plums, pineapple, mango, apples, melons 1 cup basil leaves torn 1/2 cup …
Sienna Mazone (right) met Michelle Obama during the Kids' "State Dinner" for the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge on July 18 at the White House.

Dresden girl draws inspiration from ‘Chopped’ to win national recipe competition for Maine

By Danielle Walczak, BDN Staff on July 24, 2014, at 11:52 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — When 12-year-old Sienna Mazone needed inspiration for a national youth recipe competition, she turned to the format of her favorite Food Network show, “Chopped.” She asked her mother to prepare a basket of mystery ingredients, much like the show. Then 30-minute countdown began. Inside the basket, she …
Sweet treats are lined up for the grand opening of The Whole Grain Bakeshop in Brewer. The bakery is in the basement of St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Brewer and specializes in gluten-free and vegan sweets.

Shop selling gluten-free, vegan treats opens in Brewer church basement

By Nick McCrea on July 23, 2014, at 7:25 p.m.
BREWER, Maine — Kelly Thompson got a taste for healthful cooking as a nutrition student at the University of Maine around the turn of the millennium. She hopes her passion and penchant for baking has finally evolved into a livelihood. The Hermon resident cut the ribbon on her new business, …

Coaster Critique: Oak Pond White Fox Ale

on July 23, 2014, at 5:50 p.m.
Name: White Fox Ale Brewed By: Oak Pond Brewery Style: IPA ABV: ? (Not listed on label)   White Fox Ale pours a bright copper color with golden highlights, vigorous pour produced a short white had that fell to a thin layer that lasted the remainder of the glass. Aroma …

An update on the 2014 lobster fishing season

on July 23, 2014, at 5:19 p.m.
The 2014 Maine lobster fishing season has been a sluggish one thus far.  Catches are lower than they have been over the past few years.  But most fishermen aren’t fussed.  Every cloud has a silver lining.  When there is less volume, the value of lobster rises.  The current the price …

Like Curry, Couscous and Apples? Then Try This Out.

on July 23, 2014, at 11:34 a.m.
I know what you’re thinking, I don’t like curry, so I’m not touching this recipe for Curried Couscous and Apple Salad with a 10-foot pole. Don’t be that way curry haters. Give it a try. In this recipe, there is only 1/4 of a teaspoon of curry powder. It just …
Fried Halloumi Cheese with Beet Greens Bruschetta

Fried cheese and a farmers’ market topping

By Sarah Walker Caron on July 22, 2014, at 3:35 p.m.
My kids and I were waiting in line for cookies from Fire Fly Farm at the Bangor Farmers’ Market when my son spotted the fuzzy sheepskins at the nearby Lor Farm booth. Attracted by the soft whites and creams, he wanted one for our house (“What for?” I asked … …
Alex West (right) of Hartland watches as Stu Silverstein (left) leads a workshop on earth oven building during the kneading conference held at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds last year.

New restaurant in Brewer, new butcher shop in Portland

By Emily Burnham and Kathleen Pierce on July 22, 2014, at 2:08 p.m.
A bread winner in Skowhegan What event combines a bread fair, baking classes and discussions on the science of sourdough and mysteries of gluten? It must be the Maine Grain Alliance Kneading Conference in Skowhegan. Now in its seventh year, the celebration of grain in Maine has been raising awareness …

Avocado and cayenne ice cream? Yes!

By Troy R. Bennett on July 22, 2014, at 1:56 p.m.
Rococo Artisan Ice Cream in Kennebunkport offers unusual flavors like sweet avocado cayenne and this cone, made with local wheat beer, candied ginger and apricots.
Rococo Artisan Ice Cream in Kennebunkport offers unusual flavors, such as sweet avocado cayenne and this cone made with local wheat beer, candied ginger and apricots.

Avocado, cayenne pepper, lobster, local brews among the many unusual ingredients Maine ice cream makers are scooping up

By Kathleen Pierce on July 22, 2014, at 1:54 p.m.
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Going to the garden for fresh herbs, reaching into the pot for a Maine-caught crustacean and raiding the brewery for a seasonal ale — these sound like activities that would take place in a commercial kitchen, not an ice cream stand. But, like chefs, bakers and mixologists …

Gifford’s ice cream makes its Capitol Hill debut

By Kathleen Pierce on July 22, 2014, at 1:37 p.m.
Is Maine-made ice cream rich enough to sweeten the sour gridlock on Capitol Hill? Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream is giving it a spin. On Monday, the Skowhegan frozen dessert maker was touted by state officials in Washington to herald the company’s expansion into the mid-Atlantic states. “The delicious and refreshing …
Aktan Askin, pictured earlier this year, with a lamb he raised on Lor Farm in Thorndike.

Thorndike farmers bring traditional cheeses from the hills of Turkey to the fields of Maine

By Emily Burnham on July 22, 2014, at 1:09 p.m.
Growing up on the southern coast of Turkey, Aktan Askin’s favorite summer dish was halloumi, a firm, protein-rich cheese made from sheep and goat’s milk, grilled until it slightly melted and served with cold watermelon. It’s salty, it squeaks a bit when you chew it and it’s addictive. “It was …
Yarmouth resident Tristan Goggin channels his inner superhero at the Creative Capes booth in the craft show section of the 49th annual Yarmouth Clam Festival.

Yarmouth Clam Festival draws estimated crowd of 130,000-150,000

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on July 22, 2014, at 1:05 p.m.
YARMOUTH, Maine — Last weekend’s 49th annual Clam Festival, with its 6,000 pounds of clams and 145 craft show booths, attracted one of its biggest turnouts in recent years. According to Carolyn Schuster, executive director of the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce, there were 130,000-150,000 people at this year’s festival. Usually …

Lobster Salad Is a Maine Classic

on July 22, 2014, at 9:49 a.m.
One good thing about lobster salad is that it is a neater way of eating lobster, and right now, when most lobsters seem to be the soft shells that squirt in every direction when you open them, it is good to keep all that mess in the kitchen and off …

Lobster is on a Roll in London

on July 22, 2014, at 5:32 a.m.
If you have read my “About” page, you will know that, while I blog about the Maine lobster industry, I currently live in the bustling city of London.  I also have three young children – a three-year-old and eleven-month-old twins.  And the week after I launched this blog, we moved …
Erin Donovan


By Erin Donovan on July 21, 2014, at 2:54 p.m.
Shortly after I was born, my mother’s heart failed. While I would like to think that it was the overwhelming beauty of my entrance into her life that caused it to burst, posterity suggests it was actually a series of benign health events that led to its collapse. My mom …
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