Food

 
Lee-Russel Dunn is the baker at Fork & Spoon in Bangor. He makes all of the pastries and breads fresh each morning. Dunn makes loaves of ciabatta bread Friday morning.

With a new owner and menu, Bangor’s Fork & Spoon focuses on ‘quirky and conscious’ food

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 20, 2016, at 6:23 a.m.
“People always told me, ‘You should open a restaurant!’ But it’s so scary to do that. You never know if it’ll actually work,” said Elisabeth Dean. “It’s been a long time coming.”
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Oh, the people you’ll meet.

on Sept. 19, 2016, at 9:51 p.m.
There is something about this land that brings out self-reliance, or perhaps it attracts the self-reliant.
TWICE SOLD TALES

The importance of independent bookstores

on Sept. 18, 2016, at 11 a.m.
In a recent interview with PBS, Ann Patchett, bestselling author of books like Bel Canto, State of Wonder and the just-released novel Commonwealth, discussed her involvement with Parnassus Books, an independent bookstore in Nashville. (The entire interview is great, but skip ahead to about 5:18 to hear specifically about the store.) …
JOURNEYS OVER A HOT STOVE

Monomouths Among us

on Sept. 17, 2016, at 1:32 p.m.
In which I remind you there are sometimes good causes just to nod and smile. Monomouths are rare, but daunting.
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Top of the World to you

on Sept. 16, 2016, at 1:11 p.m.
Our last major dirt road was the Taylor Highway in Alaska, and it was a doozy.
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The Alaska Range

on Sept. 16, 2016, at 11:14 a.m.
  “The Alaska Range,” oil on canvas board, by Carol L. Douglas Neither rain nor snow nor threat of sleep deprivation shall keep us from our appointed rowdiness. Mary and I coined that as our trip’s slogan. It’s insane. Mary has a cold and I’m feeling an irksome scratchiness to …
A "hamburger" made of cashews, sun-dried tomatoes and cilantro is whipped up in seconds in Elizabeth Fraser's Girl Gone Raw kitchen.

Raw revolution sprouts under an unassuming Portland roof

By Kathleen Pierce on Sept. 16, 2016, at 10:13 a.m.
“Discovering raw food changed my life, and I need to share,” said Elizabeth Fraser, who started teaching “uncooking” classes in her Munjoy Hill kitchen six years ago.
PARLEZ-VOUS AMERICAN?

Where are the Franco-Americans?

on Sept. 16, 2016, at 9:56 a.m.
Between 1850 and 1930, something like a million French Canadians left Canada for the United States.  Today, their descendants number almost 10,000,000.  But where did they go?  Which parts of the US have the most people of French-Canadian descent? We can go some way to answering those questions by using …
MAINE AT WAR

State official’s comment stirs troll firestorm in Jewett Williams’ burial controversy

on Sept. 14, 2016, at 7 p.m.
Comments attributed to the director of Maine’s Bureau of Veterans Services in a Bangor Daily News article posted online at 6:16 a.m., Wednesday, September 14 have generated a troll-fuelled firestorm. Written by Abigail Curtis and headlined “Dispute arises over Maine Civil War veteran’s final resting place” (http://bangordailynews.com/2016/09/14/news/state/dispute-arises-over-maine-civil-war-veterans-final-resting-place/) the article discussed …
MAINE AT WAR

State official’s comment stirs commenter firestorm in Jewett Williams’ burial controversy

on Sept. 14, 2016, at 7 p.m.
Quotes attributed to the director of Maine’s Bureau of Veterans Services in a Bangor Daily News article posted online at 6:16 a.m., Wednesday, September 14 have generated a commenter-fuelled firestorm. Written by Abigail Curtis and headlined “Dispute arises over Maine Civil War veteran’s final resting place” (http://bangordailynews.com/2016/09/14/news/state/dispute-arises-over-maine-civil-war-veterans-final-resting-place/) the article discussed …
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Woodford Food and Beverage – Off the Peninsula, On Their Game

on Sept. 14, 2016, at 5:49 p.m.
I reviewed Woodford Food and Beverage about four months ago which was about three months after they opened. My first experience there was excellent, but I wanted to give them a follow-up visit to see if they were still throwing the same game in the busy upscale diner. My wife …
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Above the Arctic Circle

on Sept. 14, 2016, at 1:42 p.m.
  Light snow above the Arctic Circle, by Carol L. Douglas. I didn’t even know I had a bucket list, let alone that painting above the Arctic Circle was on it. But as I crossed the Yukon River, I realized that no amount of bad road was going to stop …
MAINE AT WAR

After saving their country, heroes came to Togus from everywhere to live and to die

on Sept. 13, 2016, at 3 p.m.
As the 150th anniversary festivities take place at the Togus VA Hospital in Chelsea this weekend (Sept. 16-18), modern patients and visitors can be forgiven for not knowing exactly why a veterans’ hospital was established at this remote (by mid-19th century standards) place in the first place. The reasons — …
Clay Randall head brewer at Marsh Island Brewing prepares kegs to be filled with beer Tuesday. The Orono brewery is opening a tasting room late next week.

Marsh Island Brewing adding tasting room, food at Orono location

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 13, 2016, at 2:52 p.m.
“We’ll be selling our own beer and some food … chips and hummus, chips and salsa, artichoke dip, wraps.”
MAINE COURSE

Apple Cobbler Recipe

on Sept. 13, 2016, at 1:32 p.m.
The air in my house had a distinct chill this morning, the kind that arrives as summer ends. So when I dressed to walk my daughter to the bus stop, I pulled on a cozy sweater, happy to wrap it around me. I’ve been waiting for this — that in …
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Up Ship Creek

on Sept. 13, 2016, at 12:43 p.m.
“Up Ship Creek,” oil on canvasboard, by Carol L. Douglas If you were to clone Aroostook County, stamp it out an infinite number of times, and suck out all the people and most of the potatoes and roads, you would have created Alaska. Oh, you’d need to crumple your finished …
Customers wait in line at the Cubita Libre Cafeteria, the new Cuban restaurant on Hogan Road in Bangor on Monday.

New Cuban restaurant brings big, authentic flavors to Bangor

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 13, 2016, at 8:06 a.m.
“We tell people that it’s home cooking. It’s all family recipes. It’s very traditional.”
TASTE BUDS

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes for Salads, Pasta, and Appetizers

on Sept. 13, 2016, at 7:45 a.m.
If there is such as thing as too many cherry tomatoes, and I could swear I heard someone grousing about that a couple of days ago, it is not a problem I have ever had. In fact, I can hardly ever just get them into the house because a sun …
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On a clear day, you can see Denali

on Sept. 12, 2016, at 10:39 a.m.
From this distance, Denali is less a presence than a shimmering mirage floating above the horizon. How does one paint what doesn’t even seem possible?
JOURNEYS OVER A HOT STOVE

Back again – my puzzle, my book

on Sept. 11, 2016, at 7:26 a.m.
I have a Sunday New York Times puzzle out today (along with friend George Barany), and a new novel. Both, I believe, are highly entertaining, but that’s up to you to decide.