The Maine Dream Team-up Project: Gene Beck

on April 21, 2014, at 4:29 a.m.
Welcome to Nocturnem Draft Haus. Our mission is to serve our guests the finest beers from Maine, the US and abroad paired with some artisan-style, simply prepared, locally sourced food. We are not pretentious. We are down to earth. We are not beer snobs. We are adventurers. We are a …

Mighty Truck’s great adventure and Margaret’s best-ever baked scallops

on April 20, 2014, at 6:48 p.m.
Margaret sends in a fine recipe for baked scallops, and I recall truckers and my wife's heroic 2100 mile, 5-day journey from Vermont to New Mexico in a moderately workable 1952 Ford F1 pickup truck, in winter, towing a trailer, alone, with no cell phone, through snow and ice and rain and (*sigh*) all of Tennessee.

The Maine Dream Team-up Project: Tom Madden

on April 20, 2014, at 6:16 a.m.
Madden Beverage was founded in December 2003 and carries over 850 craft beers from all corners of the globe. Madden Beverage is a family run business that is staffed with enthusiastic and knowledgeable hop-heads. They offer mixed six packs, kegging equipment, home brewing supplies, and bring in all the limited …

The Maine Dream Team-up Project: Drink’n Think’n

on April 18, 2014, at 6:49 p.m.
Drink’n Think’n is a Maine based podcast hosted by Ben Lizzotte, Ryan Poland and the one and only Tony C. The trio of hosts met while attending the University of Southern Maine and decided to record their thoughts after an evening of imbibing at the Sebago Brewpub in Gorham, Drink’n …

Rigatoni with Lamb and Mint Ragu

on April 18, 2014, at 11:17 a.m.
Okay, so this recipe was inspired by one I tried from Giada De Laurentiis. Truth be told, I was reticent to try it because I am not a huge fan of lamb (or so I had thought), and the idea of using mint in a tomato sauce freaked me out …
From the community

Names for Cross Center signature burger narrowed to 10

Bangor Daily News on April 18, 2014, at 10:56 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The Cross Insurance Center “Name Our Signature Burger Contest” has been narrowed to the top 10 entries from the more than 1,100 submitted. Round two of the contest begins at noon April 18 and will end at 2 p.m. Friday, April 25. Sponsors Global Spectrum, which manages …
Ryan Parker (left) explains to Brewer High School senior Josh Lugdon the proper way to to graft apple trees at the Parker Family Farm in Newport on Thursday. Lugdon was one of thirty students who came to visit as part of their environmental issues class to see a small farm that uses sustainable agricultural methods.

Brewer high school students learn alternative to mass-produced food

By Nell Gluckman on April 18, 2014, at 8:04 a.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — In an environmental issues class at Brewer High School, students have been studying the make-up and origin of some of their favorite foods. “We’ve talked about the ingredients in food, the chemicals you can find and what they’re doing to our bodies,” Mackenzie McCurdy, 18, said of …

The Maine Dream Team-up Project: James Sanborn

on April 18, 2014, at 4:09 a.m.
I’m James Sanborn; I live in Hebron, Maine with my wife and three children. I have been drinking craft beer since college but really started to pay attention to what I was drinking about 3 years ago. Since then I have reviewed more than 600 beers on my blog and …

The Maine Dream Team-up Project: Eric Mihan

on April 17, 2014, at 4:27 a.m.
Eric Mihan owns Bangor Wine and Cheese, located in Downtown Bangor, Maine. BWC offers a wide variety of craft beer, wine, cheese and charcuterie. Website Facebook: Bangor Wine and Cheese Twitter: @Bangorwine Question 1: What is your all Maine brewery dream team-up? And why? This is my Bangor-selfish Collab: I …
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Sowing seedlings

on April 16, 2014, at 9:33 p.m.
This time of year I spend an inordinate amount of time in the seedling house.  It’s wonderful.  For years I made my soil blocks and planted seeds into them in the basement.  My back still aches at the memory of being hunched over so as not to bump my head on the …

The Maine Dream Team-up Project: Shahin Khojastehzad

on April 16, 2014, at 4:30 a.m.
My name is Shahin Khojastehzad, General Manager of Novare Res Bier Cafe and full time Persian. We are a bier bar that puts quality over all else and all being done without pretense. You can always find a bier you like and know thought/love was put into what you are …

Brunching it up for Easter

By Daniel Neman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on April 15, 2014, at 11:54 a.m.
First comes church, for those who go to church. Then comes brunch. Easter brunch has become almost as much a part of the Easter celebration as chocolate, eggs and bunnies. It is a way to continue that feel-good sense of contentment with friends, family and loved ones. And if you …

Fresh pineapple: Inexpensive and in season

on April 15, 2014, at 11:08 a.m.
As Fortune family legend goes, when my mother was pregnant with me, she craved pineapple like mad. Personally, knowing my mother’s penchant for pineapple in general, I have my suspicions that this was less a craving than a very convenient and plausible excuse for eating one of her favorite foods in abundance – …

So you want to be a professional baker?

on April 15, 2014, at 10:52 a.m.
I’ve had a lot of people ask me how to become a professional baker. How do you take it from a hobby, to something you get paid for? How do you break into the restaurant, catering, or private baking scene? I think it’s important to ask yourself a few questions …

What to do with leftover Easter dinner: Ham and lamb

on April 15, 2014, at 10:25 a.m.
There is a lot of ham in the meat departments this week looking for an Easter Dinner invitation. Lamb is the roast of choice for many other households. With any luck, there will be leftovers to inspire suppers next week, or to freeze against a busy day in the next …

The Maine Dream Team-up Project: Mark Stevens

on April 15, 2014, at 4:30 a.m.
Mark Stevens is co-owner of Maine Beer Tours operating out of Portland, Maine. Mark and his wife and business partner, Nichole Stevens, are strong proponents of the “Buy Local” movement and work to incorporate local Maine businesses into every aspect of their tours. Tours run Thursday through Sunday, every weekend, year …
George and Marian Benson celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Sunday.

Maine couple that cooked together, stayed together — for 60 years and counting

By Stephen Betts on April 14, 2014, at 1:36 p.m.
HOPE, Maine — Perhaps it was fate that George and Marian Benson would get married and run a restaurant together. George said he and Marian went out on one date when they lived in Maine more than 60 years ago but that she doesn’t recall that first date. A few …

The Maine Dream Team-up Project

on April 14, 2014, at 4:35 a.m.
The beer geek in me loves to see brewers collaborating. Some of the most creative and inspired beers are the result of brewers putting their heads together and sharing their expertise of ingredients, styles and techniques. I’ve often found myself thinking about whom I’d like to see team up and …

The Grand ah-WHOOM: the Big Bang, Inflation, and authentic Basque Sauce

on April 13, 2014, at 9:33 a.m.
We're surrounded by "the ultimate free lunch" that is our universe - but a lot of it really isn't free. Some semi-geeky thoughts on the Big Bang, Cosmic Inflation, southeast Colorado, and two delicious-looking Basque recipes.

Two pieces of emergency legislation correct problem liquor laws

on April 12, 2014, at 3:46 a.m.
This week two pieces of legislation pertaining to issues with current liquor laws passed through the house and became laws. LD 1763 is “An Act To Make Available to the Public Certain Information Concerning the Alcohol Content of Malt Liquor, Wine and Spirits”. This was a piece of emergency legislation …
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