YES on Question 5: Ranked Choice Voting!

on July 23, 2016, at 8:53 a.m.
Ranked-Choice Voting is Question 5 on this November’s Maine ballot. It’s an idea that could radically alter our political landscape, and if adopted nationally, could release us from the straitjacket of the two-party system.
Sharon Smiley, co-owner of Local Market, holds a farm box meal kit, packed with local veggies, sauces and chicken from nearby producers.

This Maine CSA makes meal kits local, easy

By Kathleen Pierce on July 19, 2016, at 3:33 p.m.
Faced with a crop of cilantro, lemon cucumbers, radishes and new potatoes, you rack your brain for a recipe. What if someone took the guesswork out of this equation? Someone has.

Maine honey business a labor of natural sweetness for two retirees

By Anthony Brino on July 19, 2016, at 2:28 p.m.
“Our main thesis is to have local honey, which contains all the natural enzymes of honey. It’s a labor of love, not a labor of financial independence.”

Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars, and Why You Should Treat Yourself

on July 19, 2016, at 1:56 p.m.
  Food writer and author Michael Pollan has said that everything he’s learned about health and food can be summed up in just seven words: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” The often repeated advice forms the crux of several of his books including “In Defense of Food” and “Food Rules” …

Sharon’s Deluxe Meatloaf

on July 19, 2016, at 8:40 a.m.
Not all meatloaves are made equally. The one that follows was sent me by Sharon Frost in Calais who commented that it was the best thing for family gatherings, which we are likely to have in Maine summers, plus she wrote, “My mother made this many times for Legion suppers, …
Biu Vo makes an order of Pad Thai at Asian Bistro and Bar in Bangor on Tuesday.

Bangor’s Little Vietnam eatery gets new name, new menu, new look

By Shelby Hartin on July 18, 2016, at 8:13 a.m.
“Before it was Little Vietnam restaurant, and you could cook the food from Vietnam only. Now you can cook Vietnam[ese] food, Chinese food, American food — whatever you want, you can cook.”
A barrel of potatoes waits to be hauled to storage on the Martin Farm in St. Francis, Sept. 25, 2015.

Potato industry touts FDA label update, benefits of potassium

By Jen Lynds on July 16, 2016, at 12:54 p.m.
Don Flannery, executive director of the Maine Potato Board, said the industry encourages anything that can draw more attention to the potato in general.
Learn the secret to keeping thin burgers juicy.

Smashed burgers are the new kale. No, but really: Try this recipe

By Leah Eskin, Chicago Tribune (TNS) on July 12, 2016, at 2:49 p.m.
Sizzle is the best part of the burger. But it’s limited to side A and side B. In between lurks the granular middle — it’s a lot of ground to cove

Farmers Market Meets Takeout Favorite: Beet Fried Rice Recipe

on July 12, 2016, at 1:42 p.m.
Farmers market meets favorite takeout in this recipe for Vegan Beet Fried Rice. It’s perfect for beet lovers. Last year, in the springtime, I had a conversation with a friend that went something like this: “I only eat fried rice if I make it. I never order it out.” Then …

Escapades with Scapes for a Blast of Garlicky Flavor

on July 12, 2016, at 9:31 a.m.
If you grow garlic, you know that the plant sends up a fetching coiled stem with a long-billed flower bud, which, if you leave it on the plant, will bloom and prevent proper formation of an underground bulb. You really have to take the scapes off the plants, and you …
Scott Magnan, a brew master at Mason's Brewing Company in Brewer, works on brewing a hefeweizen beer on Thursday.

‘A glorified version of my basement’: Brewer’s new Mason’s Brewing Co. slow and steady for the best brew

By Shelby Hartin on July 11, 2016, at 3:11 p.m.
“I built a building that I would want to sit and hang out in. I drink beer that I would want to drink more than one of, and I eat what I would want to eat when I go out,” said Mason’s owner Chris Morley.

Scallops ceviche – and do you have “Kitchen OCD”?

on July 10, 2016, at 4:04 p.m.
Take a quick quiz to see if you may be obsessive-compulsive in the kitchen, plus the perfect summer seafood refresher – scallops ceviche.

Fun with owl pellets, and a motley crew develops naturalist’s wings.

on July 09, 2016, at 8:15 p.m.
Another installment in my progress as a Maine Master Naturalist Tier 1 student.   “Dissect an owl pellet, separate and identify bones, and build and label a skeleton,” was one of the assignments due this week. “Piece of cake,” I thought, remembering seventh grade biology and all the dissections we …

More Brunch to Munch On in Portland!

on July 08, 2016, at 12:33 p.m.
We know that it goes without saying that I adore brunch. If I could have it as every meal of my day (complete with a mimosa) I probably would. But since I can’t, this is the next best thing. Tired of going to all the same spots for brunch? When …

Perfect, lustrous Deep South Cajun Gumbo – a life-draining ordeal

on July 05, 2016, at 4:22 p.m.
A repost: A genuine Cajun gumbo recipe that may leave you in tears from exhaustion – followed by tears of exultation when you eat it. Like most masterpieces, it takes a lot of work. Suffer… then enjoy!
Zucchini soup

Zucchini gets the vegetable treatment in healthy soup

By Jill Wendholt Silva, The Kansas City Star (TNS) on July 05, 2016, at 1:53 p.m.
Before those little green zucchinis start landing on your doorstep, be sure to stoke your recipe arsenal.
Chef Maria Hines' salmon and king oyster mushroom burger, making America great again with zero beef.

How to make a better burger

By Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times (TNS) on July 05, 2016, at 1:42 p.m.
In these United States of America, the hamburger is close to an unalienable right. That the burger should be made with 100 percent beef and the bigger the better are truths many hold to be self-evident, especially fast-food advertising agencies. Can less be more, my fellow Americans? Can we unshackle …

Oil and Vinegar Coleslaw Recipe

on July 05, 2016, at 1:07 p.m.
Hot dogs with crispy, perhaps even slightly charred, skin. The rich aroma of juicy burgers cooking on the grill. The sizzle of sausages cooking. These are among the textures, smells and sounds of summer barbecues. This past weekend, they were aplenty. As I walked down a road in Southwest Harbor, I caught …

Cold Vegetable Pizza with Spicy Peanut Sauce for Warm Weather Eating

on July 05, 2016, at 7:14 a.m.
Now that summer here has finally gotten around to being genuinely warm, we might actually welcome cold food for supper. Here is a cold pizza, loaded with vegetables and made zippy with a Thai-style peanut sauce. No cheese in sight. I first ate this pizza at a party I attended, …
Dietitian Sharon Tate picks up a box of farm-fresh food outside Maine Medical on Thursday.

Farm to workplace: CSAs get hyper local

By Kathleen Pierce on July 02, 2016, at 9:09 a.m.
This new workplace farm share makes it easy for office workers across the state to eat fresh and healthy.