Barbecue roast beef wraps for lunch boxes

on Aug. 29, 2014, at 12:28 p.m.
What will you be packing in your kid’s lunch box this year? This quick and easy recipe for Barbecue Roast Beef Wraps is a great alternative to traditional sandwiches. The new backpacks are ready to go and packed with unused supplies to kick off the school year. The first day of …

Lobsters for Labor Day – Five Fabulous Recipes.

on Aug. 29, 2014, at 5:33 a.m.
Labor Day is upon us.  What better way to celebrate these fleeting days of summer than with some lobster.  Sunny Maine days are made for clam bakes on the beach, seafood BBQs and lobster boils.  Here are five easy recipes for your lobster leftovers that go beyond a basic lobster …
A couple of plump mackerel, after being pickled, are placed on the grill. The tinfoil holds damp wood chips that will provide the smoke.

Pickled, smoked mackerel is a fishy feast

By John Holyoke on Aug. 28, 2014, at 1:34 p.m.
After spending a day on the high seas with Capt. Pete Douvarjo of Eggemoggin Guide Service, I returned to Bangor with a few fish and some advice from the good captain. Pickle the mackerel overnight, he said. Use vinegar and whatever pickling spices you like, then smoke them up the …

Spaghetti Fra Diavolo

on Aug. 27, 2014, at 12 p.m.
The translation of “Fra Diavolo” is “brother devil”, and it refers to the heat in the sauce from the red pepper flakes. Despite it’s fancy name, this is actually quite a simple recipe. I have an affinity for a very simple yet flavorful sauce. Although the sauce is spicy, it …
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Your Favorite Hump Day Pick Me Up

on Aug. 27, 2014, at 10:11 a.m.
It’s a Wednesday morning. You walk to work, get out of your car and think how much you dread going into the office today. The week is halfway over, and all you wanted to do when you got up was hit the snooze button and go back to bed. But …

Lovely Lobster Pasta with Mascarpone and Peas. Yes Please!

on Aug. 27, 2014, at 10 a.m.
Several summers ago I was on a mission to find quick and easy lobster recipes to add to my repertoire. I sometimes find it hard to stray beyond the basics because steamed lobster, lobster rolls and lobster Newburg taste so mind-blowingly good. But a month long vacation in Cutler, with …

Buttermilk biscuits with honey butter

on Aug. 26, 2014, at 7:21 p.m.
Tender buttermilk biscuits are heavenly spread with sweet homemade honey butter. You won’t be able to eat just one! Growing up, my grandmother and I would often head to Newtown, Connecticut, to visit cousins, drop by the family plot at the cemetery and pick up baked goods from the local …
Co-owner Kathleen Pratt (left) coaxes a smile from son Claude for a Tandem Coffee team photo at their new Congress Street location in Portland on Monday. With Pratt is (from left) co-owner Will Pratt, managing partner Vien Dobui and baking manager Briana Holt.

‘Hi-Fi, not WiFi:’ In this old filling station, coffee and pie comes with a 1950s vibe

By Kathleen Pierce on Aug. 26, 2014, at 2:21 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — “Brakes and shocks, our specialty.” These words emblazoned across the front entrance of 742 Congress Street will take on a new meaning this week, when Tandem Coffee and Bakery opens in this long-defunct gas station. With expertly prepared espresso paired with blueberry, nectarine and apricot pies cooling …

Zucchini Patties, Now and Next Winter, Too.

on Aug. 26, 2014, at 8:01 a.m.
Of course, I have zucchini in the garden. What gardener doesn’t? (Except perhaps for the smart people who only plant one plant.) This year I am growing Cocozelle and Costata Di Romanesco, plus a yellow patty pan called Sunburst, and a pretty yellow summer squash with a green end called …
A U.S. flag flutters in the wind in front of a sign for a McDonald's restaurant in Los Angeles in this April 4, 2011 file photo. Through bursting bubbles and crashing markets, revenue and profit at America's top companies have expanded smartly over the past 18 years -- nearly tripling in the case of operating income. A Reuters analysis of revenue, operating profit and head count growth at the 100 largest non-bank companies between 1995 and 2013 documents a steady divergence between their ability to generate earnings and the need to hire employees.

Millennials aren’t ‘lovin’ it’: McDonald’s losing connection with young Americans

By Jessica Wohl, Chicago Tribune on Aug. 25, 2014, at 9:27 p.m.
McDonald’s Corp. appears to be losing its connection with a key group of Americans: millennials. The Wall Street Journal on Monday used data to show the changing tastes of some younger Americans. Data compiled for that newspaper by Technomic Inc., a restaurant consultancy, showed that the percentage of people in …

Buck’s Restaurant in Brooksville to close for the season on Oct. 18

on Aug. 25, 2014, at 2:32 p.m.
Labor Day is just a week away, and that means that the summer season for seasonal restaurants like Buck’s Restaurant in Brooksville is nearing its end. The restaurant announced Monday that its season ends on Saturday, Oct. 18. The seafood restaurant’s current hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. …

Vacationland Distributors bringing Newport Storm to Maine

on Aug. 25, 2014, at 10:42 a.m.
Newport Storm out of Newport, Rhode Island has signed with Vacationland Distributors. Newport Storm will debut their beers in Maine this coming weekend (Friday August 29th and Saturday August 30th) at the Portland Brew Festival. Newport Storm beer will become available to purchase in early September. The Founders of Newport …
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Plus the cost of jet fuel. Local Food myth number one.

on Aug. 24, 2014, at 9:33 p.m.
“It’s more expensive.” The other day my family and I took a trip to southern Maine and on the way back north we stopped at a large, upscale (so most people seem to think) grocery chain in Portland which shall, for the purposes of this post, remain nameless.  While searching …

The key to fine dining? Moisture!

on Aug. 24, 2014, at 4:41 p.m.
Dinner at home or in a restaurant shouldn't be completely bereft of moisture, but sometimes it happens... also, a bit about quahogs and classic traditional brothy quahog chowder recipe I got from my grandmother.
Maria Dyer (second from right) and Mike Perocchi (right) dance illuminated by the cellphones of Chris and Lilly Randall during the 2014 American Folk Festival.

Dragons, drums and a giant boot kick off 13th annual American Folk Festival in Bangor

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 22, 2014, at 9:59 p.m.
The 13th annual American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront started off with flowers, dragons, drums and a giant boot. The L.L. Bean Bootmobile, to be exact, and the Chinese Folk Art Workshop, which led the annual kickoff parade from the Sea Dog Brewing Co. toward the Railroad Stage on …

Goodnight Brew: a beer geek bedtime story

on Aug. 22, 2014, at 1:56 p.m.
Recently I received an offer from Bailiwick Press to check out a digital copy of “Goodnight Brew” by Ann E. Briated with illustrations by Allie Ogg, an adult parody of the classic children’s book “Goodnight Moon”. Having two kids I’ve read many offshoots of the book so I was interested …

Bangor’s Whistling Pig Smokehouse closes after less than a year in business

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 22, 2014, at 12:15 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The Whistling Pig Smokehouse, a Bangor barbecue eatery that opened less than a year ago on Main Street, has closed. The message “It’s with a heavy heart that we have to announce The Whistling Pig will be closing its doors,” was posted to its Facebook page Thursday. …
Dennis Fogg, owner of Uncle Andy's Diner in South Portland, with his 5-year-old granddaughter, Brooklyn Head, last week. Fogg will host a viewing party and comedy show at The Gold Room in Portland for the debut of the diner's episode of "Restaurant: Impossible" on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

‘No laughing matter’: Reality show makeover of comedian’s South Portland cafe to air next week

By Shelby Carignan, The Forecaster on Aug. 22, 2014, at 10:43 a.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — For two months, the Fogg family has had to keep quiet about what went on behind closed doors during a reality-TV makeover of Uncle Andy’s Diner. But on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 10 p.m., they’ll relive the restaurant’s turbulent remodeling, along with a national Food Network …
Jim O'Brien of Vacationland Distributors sits in the rear of his delivery van on Wednesday in Portland. O'Brien's startup beer distribution business is aimed squarely at small craft brewers.

Startup craft brew distributor touts unprecedented model in taking on Big Beer

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 22, 2014, at 8:39 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s craft beer surge is changing more than tastes. Maine distributors that have for years carried only the big names in beer are hoping to tap into the upswing in small breweries. And one Yarmouth-based startup is building a niche business on that market alone. “All we’re …
Hannah Semler, gleaning coordinator for Healthy Acadia, picks kale at Pat and Mike's Garden, a small farm in Ellsworth.

Gleaning program puts garden surplus on tables, helps fight food insecurity in Hancock County

By Robert F. Bukaty on Aug. 21, 2014, at 3:40 p.m.
MOUNT DESERT, Maine – The sun sets at the Beech Hill Farm as Hannah Semler carries the last crate of vegetables to her van. The summer squash, cucumbers, parsley and chard she carries may have been destined for the compost. Instead, it will help feed those in need in Hancock …
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