Larry Crimi (foreground) of Scranton, Pennsylvania, a conservation law enforcement major at Unity College, raises a locally grown organic pumpkin to the sky at the Common Ground Country Fair in this 2011 file photo.

All hail the Common Ground Country Fair

By Kathleen Pierce on Sept. 18, 2014, at 4:41 p.m.
UNITY, Maine — From low-impact forestry to Scottish Highland cattle to contra dancing, the 38th annual Common Ground Country Fair is a celebration of Maine’s rural and agricultural traditions. Tens of thousands are expected to gather this weekend on 50 lush acres in Unity for the three-day fair that captures …

How about an Apple Turnover without the eggs?

on Sept. 18, 2014, at 11:07 a.m.
It’s feeling like Fall and looking a lot like Fall. That means it’s apple season. Our family just went apple picking and we came home with a giant bag filled to the top. Sure a few pies and some apple crisp were part of the plan from the start, but …

21st Amendment Brewery Maine launch events

on Sept. 18, 2014, at 8:57 a.m.
21st Amendment Brewery from San Francisco has expanded distribution into Maine.The brewery was founded in 2000 by Nico Freccia and Sean O’Sullivan. The canned beer has already started showing up on store shelves around the state and three launch events are planned for this week and next. Official Launch Party …

Pepper jelly…it’s not just for crackers anymore

on Sept. 17, 2014, at 2:39 p.m.
While at the farmers market a couple weeks ago, I stumbled upon some inspiration. Granted, I didn’t get to the farmers market nearly as often as I had intended to this summer, I am certainly glad I decided to go that day. I came upon a new vendor who was …
Penny Jordan is a fourth-generation farmer. She started The Farm Stand in South Portland to keep her Cape Elizabeth farm solvent for the next generation.

A farm-to-table neighborhood market emerges in South Portland

By Kathleen Pierce on Sept. 16, 2014, at 4:22 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — A bumper crop of tomatoes from Martha Washingtons to romas shine like jewels from wooden bins. Blueberry pies from Portland’s Two Fat Cats Bakery surround a display of mums and pumpkins. Anchoring the back of the store, a butcher bends over the hind leg of a …

Buttery Apple Crumble

on Sept. 16, 2014, at 2:55 p.m.
Love cooking with kids? Call them to the kitchen and whip up this easy Buttery Apple Crumble recipe — perfect for fall. “Hey, Will, do you want to help me make an apple crumble?” I asked my nine-year-old one afternoon as I pulled the pockmarked apples from their bag and …
Humble Comfort owner Meghan Black (left) and Justin Eames make drinks at Black's newly opened restaurant on South Main Street in Brewer Friday.

New South Brewer eatery offers ‘Humble Comfort’ with taste-tested, home-cooked favorites

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 16, 2014, at 2 p.m.
BREWER, Maine — When Meghan and Chris Black opened their new restaurant, Humble Comfort Food & Spirits on South Main Street in Brewer last month, they had repeatedly taste-tested most of what was going to appear on the menu. Meghan Black saw to it that every dish created by head …
Chocolate lobsters cool in their candied shells in Westbrook on Tuesday.

Westbrook’s Haven’s Candies sold to new owner before 100-year anniversary

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 16, 2014, at 10:46 a.m.
WESTBROOK, Maine — Andy Charles recalls one customer who bought a box of needham candies and started to gently complain: “They’re all different sizes and shapes.” Charles’ response? “I know, isn’t it great?” Over Westbrook-based Haven’s Candies’ nearly 100 years in business, the operation has added some factory chocolate mixers …

Frittata for fridge cleaning

on Sept. 16, 2014, at 9:09 a.m.
The great thing about eggs is how deliciously they glue together, and make a whole dish, out of miscellaneous bits and pieces. You can, of course, make an omelet and fill it with cooked vegetables, cheese or meat. If you add milk or cream to beaten eggs, and pour the …
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Winter’s coming! Time to awaken the gardens!

on Sept. 14, 2014, at 8:54 p.m.
I thought I’d take a break this week from my impassioned pleas to make everyone understand that local, real food is just plain better, in every category, than the industrial ‘food’ otherwise available.  I promise I have more to say on the local food is better front but in the …

Henry and Margaret review 8 months of recipes (Part 2)

on Sept. 13, 2014, at 11:18 a.m.
Margaret and Henry - mostly Margaret - review and rate soups and supper dishes from 8 months of this blog.
Ripe, juicy tomatoes are perfect for stuffing and are very inviting served on a platter with White Bean Salad for the simple vegetarian meal.

‘Meatless Monday’ is not an evil vegetarian plot

By Josh Voorhees, Slate magazine on Sept. 13, 2014, at 6:45 a.m.
The meat industry has a serious case of the Mondays. A growing number of school districts, including ones in Los Angeles, San Diego and Miami, are committing to keep meat off the menu for one day a week to combat childhood obesity. These “Meatless Monday” initiatives have drawn the ire …

7 Tailgating recipes to try this football season

on Sept. 12, 2014, at 2:24 p.m.
Hungry? Before you head off to tailgate this football season, whip up one of these tantalizing tailgating recipes to enjoy. Whether you love college ball, are wild into high school football or totally dig that one special NFL team, the season is upon us — and that means it’s time …

Portland bar invites actor Bill Murray out for drinks

on Sept. 11, 2014, at 4:43 p.m.
Novare Res Bier Café in Portland, Maine doesn’t mess around when it comes to craft beer and craft beer events, you never quite know what’s coming down the line until the poster is revealed and the next great event is in the works. This is the newest poster, an open …

What is a Growler? and other growler questions answered

on Sept. 11, 2014, at 10:04 a.m.
In the past I’ve written about laws concerning growler fills, how to clean your growler and I’ve even reviewed a stainless steel growler but I haven’t spent any time explaining “what is a growler?” and some of the basics surrounding them. Growler: A reusable vessel that’s purpose is to transport beer …

Pulled Pork Jalapeno Poppers

on Sept. 10, 2014, at 1:04 p.m.
Yes, it’s true. I have found a way to improve upon the already delicious jalapeno popper! The addition of pulled pork adds a wonderfully smoky flavor and transforms the popper from a mere snack to a meal. In this recipe, the poppers are baked and not fried, and as far …

Say ‘Aloha’ to rice and beans

on Sept. 10, 2014, at 11:45 a.m.
Aloha everybody! If you haven’t been able to visit Hawaii, how about bringing Hawaii to your dinner table. You can with this rice and beans recipe. The key ingredient that is going to give you that island flavor is pineapple. It tastes good and is absolutely delicious. The fruit is …

The Quest for Lactation

on Sept. 10, 2014, at 7:04 a.m.
I am a big supporter of breastfeeding. There’s nothing more beautiful and natural than a nursing mama, right? I always planned to nurse my little ones when they came along, ever since I was a little one myself. My plans were revised when my daughter was born; she has a …
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The fruits of thy labor and the labor for thy fruits

on Sept. 09, 2014, at 8:45 p.m.
This time of year really highlights one of the greatest challenges facing farmers that being the ability to pull from an everlasting reservoir of hope. Many months ago in the cold, dead of an extremely harsh winter I sat trying to decide upon two things.  The first was whether I …
Melissa Sawyer is co-owner of The Pepperclub restaurant on Middle Street in Portland.

After 25 years, the Pepperclub closes in Portland

By Kathleen Pierce on Sept. 09, 2014, at 2:49 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — After a slow, dwindling summer, Portland’s once-favored dining institution the Pepperclub and its breakfast outpost The Good Egg Cafe will serve its last meals this month. The 25-year-old business was looking to relocate in the city, but owner Melissa Sawyer, reached by phone Tuesday, has called off …
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