Church supper in Eddington

on Nov. 09, 2015, at 9:43 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Location: North Brewer-Eddington United Methodist Church, Route 9, Eddington, Maine For more information: 989-4715 EDDINGTON, Maine — A baked beans and casseroles supper will be held 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at North Brewer-Eddington United Methodist Church, Route …
Sewall's Cider Vinegar on display at the Common Ground Fair in Unity.

Tangy and sweet: Maine farm produces sought-after apple cider vinegar

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 08, 2015, at 7:34 a.m.
Every golden drop of Sewall’s Cider Vinegar needs at least three years of barrel fermentation to develop its tangy, complex flavor.
Dan Tierney, a farmer at Cornerstone Farm in Palmyra stacks vegetables at the Bangor Farmers Market in this August 2014 file photo.

UMaine System reviewing dining services proposals with local focus

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 06, 2015, at 3:26 p.m.
The system is sifting through proposals from groups that want to help the state’s universities reach their commitment to purchase 20 percent of their food locally by 2020.

Harissa Rubbed Baby Back Ribs

on Nov. 06, 2015, at 2:56 p.m.
Folks don’t seem to make a lot of ribs at home, maybe on the grill in the summer? Most common, I suspect, is BBQ style on the grill, and they are a great addition to a slow cooked Sunday gravy. These Harrisa Rubbed Baby Back Ribs are moist and flavorful and don’t need …

Spiced Yogurt Rib Dip and Cooling Yogurt Sauce

on Nov. 06, 2015, at 12:16 p.m.
Spiced Yogurt dip is a delicious contrast to the mild spice of Harissa Rubbed Baby Back Ribs. But don’t stop there, use it as a dip for veggies, toss it into a cucumber salad, or top a spicy tagine or grilled swordfish with this. A simple, contrasting sauce like this can elevate a simple …
Members of the Gifford family who are currently involved with the production and management of the Skowhegan-based Gifford's Famous Ice Cream Company. Sitting from left, Roger Gifford and John Gifford. Standing are the new generation of family members who are taking over leadership at the company, from left, Samantha Gifford, J.C. Gifford, Lindsay Gifford-Skilling and Ryan Porter.

Gifford’s announces $1.6 million expansion at Skowhegan ice cream plant

By Kathleen Pierce on Nov. 05, 2015, at 11:23 a.m.
Summer’s clamoring crowds have dissipated. But demand for Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream is on the rise. So much so that the company is embarking on its largest renovation in its 41-year history. “Doors are opening for us as a family and a company. We have to keep …

Good-for-you Apple Pancakes for your pancake cravings

on Nov. 04, 2015, at 11:32 a.m.
So Rich and I are looking for work. It’s an anxiety producing lifestyle with not as much standing work as we’re used to (read: sitting on our butts searching the computer for jobs). So when I woke up and wanted pancakes this morning, I thought I should have healthy ones. …

My Maine Ingredient: Pumpkin

on Nov. 03, 2015, at 9:19 p.m.
Pumpkin! Pumpkin bread, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup—an assortment of our colorful pumpkins are waiting to be turned into a mouthwatering treat. Pumpkin is a very low calorie vegetable which contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; however it is very rich in fiber, and vitamin A. I thought that …

The Bangor Symphony Orchestra celebrates 120 years with a beer

on Nov. 03, 2015, at 5:39 p.m.
The Bangor Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1896 and is one of the oldest continually operating orchestras in the United States. The BSO’s 120th birthday is fast approaching and to celebrate they have teamed up with Geaghan Brothers Brewing to brew up a special release beer. Maestro’s Märzen will be …

Restaurant Style Salsa

on Nov. 03, 2015, at 4:34 p.m.
Weeks ago, my seven-year-old daughter Paige came home from school giddy with excitement. She’d been invited to join an extracurricular activity: American Sign Language classes. The only catch? The classes would meet at 8 a.m. twice a week — long before the school bus could get her there. And, as a …
Milky Way Vodka.

Milky Way Vodka? Grownup treats for leftover Halloween candy

By Daniel Neman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (TNS) on Nov. 03, 2015, at 2:42 p.m.
Some people, those blessed with a specific kind of inspiration, look at the candy in its wrappers and see a blank culinary canvas.

Cider Is Good to Drink, Dribble, and Glaze

on Nov. 03, 2015, at 8:38 a.m.
Have you noticed the astounding apple abundance this year? All the necessary conditions for apple trees blooming, setting fruit, and then ripening came together wonderfully this season. And now if you want to, you can fill your cellars and pantries with apples to eat this winter, and make pies, crisps, …
This is the rig that Rob Cushman and Jake Hearst use for their business, Blue Hill Itinerant Slaughter.

Slaughter comes to Maine farms thanks to new mobile slaughterhouse

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 02, 2015, at 6:47 a.m.
Blue Hill Itinerant Slaughter — known by many in the Blue Hill Peninsula as “A Kinder Kill” — is a mobile slaughterhouse that travels around the area to dispatch animals on the farms where they have been raised.

Funny? You should ask.

on Nov. 01, 2015, at 10:24 a.m.
What happens to my blog posts when my wife is off to New York visiting family? They go from wash to spin cycle…

Don’t say ‘pig’ on boat… and 4 other odd lobster fishing superstitions.

on Oct. 30, 2015, at 4:02 p.m.
Fishermen are known for their superstitions and lobster fishermen are no different from the rest. Maine lobster fishing superstitions differ from harbor to harbor but when I researched them for my book I found five common themes. 1. Some lobster fishermen won’t paint their boats blue, believing that a blue boat brings bad luck. …

Introducing Simple Swaps — a blog about delicious food that is secretly good for you

on Oct. 29, 2015, at 10:39 a.m.
My name is Emily, a Registered Dietitian, and recent Portland transplant who loves good food as much as good health.

Of Witchcraft, Brewsters and Beer

on Oct. 29, 2015, at 3 a.m.
  February will mark 9 years since the Passing of Alan Eames, the “Indiana Jones of Beer” or “Beer King” as he was often referred. Alan dubbed himself a beer anthropologist, traveling the world digging up the history of beer, he owned and operated Three Dollar Deweys in Portland, Maine …

Fifty shades of yellow OR, I am curious (gray)

on Oct. 28, 2015, at 11:12 p.m.
A golden glow has taken over the landscape. This is an autumn of intense color—hot pink, burning red, neon chartreuse—but dominating them all are the yellows. Leaves, apples, grass, I saw yellow everywhere I turned. I saw fifty, no, a thousand shades of yellow. I recalled a best seller with …
Bouillabaisse will be on the menu Tuesday, Nov. 4, at a pop-up restaurant planned by Brunswick chefz Ali Waks-Adams and Christine Burns Rudalevige.

Brunswick is getting a new French bistro, for one night only

By Walter Wuthmann on Oct. 28, 2015, at 2:02 p.m.
Brunswick is about to get a new restaurant, but only for one night.
Bacon is fried up in a pan in a kitchen in Golden, Colorado, Oct. 26, 2015.

#FreeBacon topic sizzles on social media after WHO report

By Melissa Fares, Reuters on Oct. 28, 2015, at 8:24 a.m.
NEW YORK — Bacon lovers took to social media Tuesday to express disdain over a World Health Organization report that said processed meat is likely to cause cancer. The hashtags #FreeBacon, #Bacongeddon and #JeSuisBacon were among the top-trending topics worldwide on Twitter for a second straight day. Celebrities, politicians and …