Peppermint Sugar Cookies

on Dec. 03, 2014, at 11:36 a.m.
Buttery cookies are dotted with bits of crushed candy canes in this holiday cookies recipe for Peppermint Sugar Cookies. My neighbors hung a wreath on their door this weekend, a red bow and pinecones nestled in its circle of evergreen tips. Below it, they decorated their door window with the …

European-style restaurant with pour-your-own beer and wine walls planned in Freeport

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on Dec. 03, 2014, at 10:57 a.m.
To have a true European dining experience you usually have to be in Europe. Next year, it’ll mean you only have to be in Freeport. Stirling and Mull, a European-themed gastropub, is expected to have a “soft” opening in March and a grand opening on the Fourth …

How to survive Europe’s olive oil disaster

By Russ Parsons, Los Angeles Times (TNS) on Dec. 02, 2014, at 4:52 p.m.
If you’re a fan of great olive oil — particularly of oils from Tuscany and Umbria — you’d better get ready to start dipping into your wallet. That stuff’s going to get expensive. As a result of what the Italian newspaper La Repubblica is calling “The Black Year of Italian …

Pumpkin Waffles

on Dec. 02, 2014, at 10:02 a.m.
What with Thanksgiving and all, some of us have pumpkins on the brain. And we are likely to have a can of cooked pumpkin that we may, or may not, have used in a holiday pie, or perhaps a little leftover cooked pumpkin from a whole fresh one. Waffles are …

What happens when you mix pumpkin and pasta?

on Dec. 01, 2014, at 10:56 a.m.
One of the most frequently asked questions I get as a vegan, is what do I eat for holidays. Well, since we do not eat animal products, we did not have turkey for Thanksgiving. This year our main dish was Pumpkin Thyme Rigatoni. To say it was a hit with …

Maine Beer Co. December bottle release

on Dec. 01, 2014, at 5:39 a.m.
On Saturday, December 6, 2014 Maine Beer Company in Freeport, Maine will be releasing bottles of their highly sought after Double IPA, Dinner. Release Details: Saturday, December 6, 2014 1 case limit per person $8/bottle (12 bottles in a case) Maine Beer Company accepts cash and credit cards (Mastercard, Visa, …
Sherry Cobb stands in front of the shelves of food at the Area Interfaith Outreach food pantry in Rockland.

Rockland food pantry sees sharp increase in need

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 28, 2014, at 10:53 a.m.
Despite reports that the economy has improved, the Area Interfaith Outreach food pantry is seeing a dramatic increase in demand. The pantry, which is supported by numerous churches, gave out 20,717 pounds of food in October — more than double the 8,828 pounds given out the same …

US lodges new appeal at WTO in meat labeling dispute

By Reuters on Nov. 28, 2014, at 10:52 a.m.
GENEVA — The United States lodged an appeal Friday to challenge a World Trade Organization ruling that said it failed to bring its meat labeling laws into line with global trade rules. Canada and Mexico won a WTO ruling three years ago that said the U.S. rules illegally discriminated against …

Maine Brewers Guild Presents: Beer School

on Nov. 28, 2014, at 6:50 a.m.
The things in life I truly appreciate are the things I’ve spent the time to understand, many of these things were not taught in school and educating myself has been an extracurricular, a voyage of self improvement through learning, Beer is one of those things. The things I’ve learned about …
Bruce Mason (left), a driver for Pottle's Transportation Inc., eats Thanksgiving dinner at  Dysart's Truck Stop Thursday afternoon in Hermon. Also pictured is Tom Gray (right).

For truckers, Dysart’s Thanksgiving a little piece of home

By Mario Moretto on Nov. 27, 2014, at 4:53 p.m.
HERMON | Bruce Mason feasted on a plate of turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce at Dysart’s restaurant in Hermon around noon Thursday. He was far from his Presque Isle home, where his family was spending Thanksgiving day without him. Mason is a truck driver for Pottle’s Transportation. A …
Lauren Daigle walks across snow covered potato fields with her and her sister's dogs to their grandparents' 150-year-old home.

Thanksgiving, unplugged: Glenburn sisters disconnect to reconnect with family up north

By Lauren Abbate, BDN Staff on Nov. 27, 2014, at 5:33 a.m.
For young Mainers, holiday homecomings offer the perfect chance to ditch devices and recharge their personal batteries amid family, friends and way too much food. Glenburn sisters Lauren and Katrina Daigle are your average college-educated, iPhone and MacBook toting twentysomethings. But with parents who hail from Madawaska — Aroostook County’s …

Cruising the American Nowhere – Tierra Amarilla, NM

on Nov. 26, 2014, at 5:27 p.m.
Thanksgiving reminiscence about nearly deserted American landscapes, disappearing steakhouses, and once again a blown kiss to another part of New Mexico – Tierra Amarilla.
Manna Ministries' Bill Rae (center) hands Tania Perry a free turkey Wednesday morning at the ministries in Bangor.

‘I’m very thankful for this’: Bangor ministry provides 7,000 Thanksgiving turkeys, fixings

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 26, 2014, at 2:25 p.m.
Billie Jo Burrows stopped by Manna Ministries Inc. on Wednesday morning to pick up a free turkey and the fixings to go with it so she and her husband will be able to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal. “We just wouldn’t be able to afford this kind …

Metz Beer “all first-class places have it”

on Nov. 26, 2014, at 6:07 a.m.
This is the second blog post this week on old beer advertising around Thanksgiving, this one comes from the Omaha Sunday Bee in Omaha, Nebraska, printed November 24, 1912. The advertisement is for Metz Beer, with a fine looking image of a bottle of Metz that could only be outdone …

Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares, and Living Gratitude All Year

on Nov. 25, 2014, at 3:27 p.m.
“A good life is when you smile often, dream big, laugh a lot and realize how blessed you are for what you have.” – Unknown About 10 years ago, I awoke in the throes of the most severe asthma attack I had ever experienced. It landed me in the emergency …

Thanksgiving Leftover Potluck

on Nov. 25, 2014, at 8:03 a.m.
There is nothing like leftovers to get me going. In some ways, I prefer all the things I can make with leftover turkey to the slices of turkey on my dinner plate on the big day itself. And all the great leftover mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. Oh, …

American Beauty Beer will “set you right”

on Nov. 25, 2014, at 5:29 a.m.
I enjoy looking at old advertising for beer, the images, the wording, the direction they take in marketing all peak my interest. I started looking through old newspaper archives and found a couple holiday advertisements for beer that I thought were worth sharing. The first advertisement I found was printed …

Sometimes the most unlikely places are hidden gems for craft beer

on Nov. 24, 2014, at 3:03 p.m.
I try not to be the guy who judges a book by it’s cover, but more often than not that’s what I do, and in my defense I’m right more often than not, but occasionally my snap judgments fail me. I recently encountered one of those moments when I judged …

A guide to a stress-free holiday meal

on Nov. 24, 2014, at 1:40 p.m.
So, I’ve been doing Thanksgiving dinner at my house for 14 years now. Each year, I have found another way to make things easier on myself. Now, let me make something clear, my Thanksgiving dinner is nothing fussy or fancy. I serve the food family style and allow people to …
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Twenty degrees? Think Tomatoes. A video tutorial on the cleaning and drying of an important little seed.

on Nov. 24, 2014, at 12:27 p.m.
Click here for a Tomato Seed Saving Video Tutorial It’s always a scramble this time of year to tie up loose ends, clean up gardens, prep for the spring and generally make sure anything I want to access isn’t on the ground before the snow really flies.  Luckily there are a …
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