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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Labor of Love Nutrition Center to open doors to canners

Bangor Daily News on July 21, 2014, at 2:49 p.m.
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Graze: The Epitome Of Farm To Table In Maine

on July 21, 2014, at 9:19 a.m.
What do you get when you combine history, live music, and amazing fresh food from Maine’s farms? You get Graze at Pineland Farms.

Our New Portland Life

on July 21, 2014, at 7:41 a.m.
I realize this is a food blog, and not a mommy blog, but as this foodie is about to become a mommy, I ask that you bear with me. This week, I’m going to take you outside my tiny Portland kitchen, but not far – we’re staying in the apartment. (We …
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To market, to market…

on July 18, 2014, at 9:29 p.m.
Today’s post will be quick.  Just back from market, I’ve been up too long and I’ll be up before the sun again tomorrow.  But what a market it was.  Today was the first time I’ve ever sold out at market.  There seems to be something in the air the last …

Building a brewery: Orono Brewing Company

on July 18, 2014, at 12:39 p.m.
If you haven’t caught it on the news in the past couple days, there’s a new brewery coming to Orono, Maine, the Orono Brewing Company is currently in the building phase in the basement space below Verve Burritos. I took the opportunity to stop in and check out the progress …

Refunds and Upgrades for Kahbrewfest ticket holders

on July 17, 2014, at 1:42 p.m.
  Due to unforeseen events the venue for the Kahbang Music and Arts Festival has had to change and will now be taking place in Portland, Maine instead of Bangor, Maine. Due to difficulties in switching venues at such short notice the Kahbrewfest will unfortunately have to be cancelled this …

Henry and the Swing-Away – Margaret’s cut beans with almonds

on July 17, 2014, at 12:23 p.m.
Margaret writes in with a story of doing something small for Henry without claiming credit for it, like moving the Dazey Swing-Away can opener back to its start position. Also, how she prepares cut green beans from a can.

Black Raspberry Basil Jam

on July 16, 2014, at 11:29 a.m.
Black raspberries are in peak season in mid to late summer. This simple and quick refrigerator jam is perfect for everything from glazing a pork tenderloin, stirred into a cocktail, served with cheeses, or simply smeared on bread (or right off of the spoon if you’re like me…). The basil …

How about nachos with sweet potatoes?

on July 16, 2014, at 10:41 a.m.
SWEET POTATO NACHOS Sweet potatoes on nachos? You have got to be kidding me. Ever since I became vegan 2 1/2 years ago, I have become pretty daring when it comes to food. So when I saw the recipe on page 113 in the book, “Unprocessed,” I couldn’t wait to …
The Lost Kitchen, 22 Mill Street, Freedom, chef and owner Erin French prepares meals during dinner Wednesday.

Acclaimed restaurant lost, then found in Waldo County

By Emily Burnham on July 15, 2014, at 2:13 p.m.
Erin French’s new restaurant in the Waldo County town of Freedom has the same name as her old one: The Lost Kitchen. From the sounds of it, though, French is far from lost. In fact, she said she feels like she has finally found what she has been looking for. …
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