Welcoming Lila… and all newborns

on Dec. 24, 2014, at 8:12 a.m.
A simple welcoming poem I wrote for my new granddaughter, and for all newly arrived baby girls.

Craft brews get personal in Maine’s newest beer-centered event

By Lauren Abbate, Special to the BDN on Dec. 24, 2014, at 7:51 a.m.
In an effort to promote the craft beer industry in Maine and give the public a closer look at how their favorite brews are being crafted, the Maine Brewers’ Guild is starting its first semester of Beer School, a series of events that will take participants to craft breweries across …

Coaster Critique: Anchor Brewing Our Special Ale 2014

on Dec. 24, 2014, at 6:40 a.m.
On the twelfth day of Beermas: Name: Our Special Ale 2014 Brewed By: Anchor Brewing Style: Winter Warmer ABV: 5.5% Pours perfectly clear, dark brown bordering black with a deep ruby red glow when held to the light. Pour produced a short khaki colored head that settled slowly across the …
BDN's Sarah Walker Caron (left) and Emily Burnham search downtown Bangor recently for the best hot cocoa.

Food showdown: Finding the best hot cocoa in Bangor

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 23, 2014, at 8:37 p.m.
Snowflakes flutter through the air. The sun begins to set about 3:30 p.m. The air is crisp. You’re bundled up in coats and hats, scarves and gloves, and you find yourself in downtown Bangor. A stroll through the park sounds lovely, but wouldn’t something to warm you …

The search for Bangor’s best hot chocolate

By Ashley Conti on Dec. 23, 2014, at 8:37 p.m.
BDN’s Sarah Walker Caron and Emily Burnham search downtown Bangor for the best handmade hot cocoa and hot chocolate.

Perfect Sugar Cookies

on Dec. 23, 2014, at 4:15 p.m.
It took years to perfect this recipe, but it is now officially impeccable. Not too sweet, perfectly crisp and buttery, these delicious sugar cookies will blow any of those packaged doughs out of the water. Simple and tasty, make your own homemade cookies this holiday season…it only comes once a …

Coaster Critique: Castle Brewery Samichlaus Classic

on Dec. 23, 2014, at 5:27 a.m.
On the eleventh day of Beermas: Name: Samichlaus Classic Brewed By: Castle Brewery Eggenberg Style: Dopplebock ABV: 14% Pours a dark amber color, minimal carbonation is present and it is very clear in the glass. When held to the light the beer takes on a copper color. Pour produced almost …
Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company in Tophsam and Penobscot McCrum in Belfast have developed the lobster stuffed potato. Two Maine classics in one delicious bite.

Lobster, meet potato: Two Maine food companies unite for culinary combo

By Kathleen Pierce on Dec. 22, 2014, at 4:29 p.m.
TOPSHAM | Just when you thought lobster had enough dance partners. Along comes another Maine classic, the potato, to waltz the celeb shellfish back into the spotlight. The lobster stuffed potato is the latest invention from Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. in Topsham. This fall, crustacean queen Cal Hancock teamed …

Battle of the bulge: Before you reach for the nog, use your noggin

By Kathleen Pierce on Dec. 22, 2014, at 11:07 a.m.
Cheeseballs, sugar cookies, eggnog. A sleighful of temptations reside at the holiday food table and if you’re slimming, navigating the seasonal spread can be tough. But if you think ahead and approach Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties with a strategy, you can make it to 2015 without tipping the …

Looking for Cookies to Make for the Holidays?

on Dec. 22, 2014, at 10:11 a.m.
PUMPKIN AND PEANUT BUTTER COCOA COOKIES So you are going to a Holiday party, getting together for a family gathering or just baking with the kids and you’re looking for a delicious recipe, I have one for you. Are you ready for Pumpkin & Peanut Butter Cookies? I was waiting …

Mincemeat Cookies for Holiday Treat

on Dec. 22, 2014, at 9:26 a.m.
A bin of reduced-price packaged condensed mincemeat made by Nonesuch caught the attention of both Sheila Cookson of Brewer and me. Sheila wrote, “I remembered a delicious bar I used to make using condensed mincemeat and a can of tomato soup. I used to stock up on the mincemeat as …

Coaster Critique: Southern Tier 2XMAS

on Dec. 22, 2014, at 5:30 a.m.
On the tenth day of Beermas: Name: 2XMAS Brewed by: Southern Tier Brewing Company Style: Winter Warmer ABV: 8% Pours a deep copper pushing light brown that glows ruby red when held to the light. Pour produced a short off-white head. The nose tells me this will be a spiced …

Coaster Critique: 21st Amendment Fireside Chat

on Dec. 21, 2014, at 6:47 a.m.
On the ninth day of Beermas: Name: Fireside Chat Brewed By: 21st Amendment Style: Winter Spiced Ale ABV: 7.9% Pours a deep, dark brown approaching black, when held to the light the beer glows dark red. pour produced a thick, off-white head that left lacing down the glass. A pleasant …

Coaster Critique: Rising Tide d’hiver

on Dec. 20, 2014, at 6:27 a.m.
On the eighth day of Beermas: Name: d’hiver Brewed by: Rising Tide Brewing Company Style: Spiced Ale ABV: 7.5% The beer pours a shadowy black-brown color that glows red-gold when held to the light, pour produced a thick khaki colored head that settled but never disappeared. Smells like dark rye …
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Need A Last Minute Gift For The Foodie In Your Life?

on Dec. 19, 2014, at 10:34 p.m.
The title of this blog post alone should say it all, but you probably know someone that quite literally, has it all. They have fine wine, every cookbook ever published, jams from Stonewall Kitchen and don’t seem to need anything. So, here’s an interesting gift idea: cheese. 

‘Tis the season for seafood in Europe: How lobster takes center stage in festive celebrations

on Dec. 19, 2014, at 6:16 p.m.
The festive season is upon us and, for many Europeans, feasting on seafood is a central part of the celebrations. As a Maine native of French extraction, married to a man of Italian descent and now living in the United Kingdom, I find myself with a particular and somewhat multi-cultural …

Coaster Critique: Ridgeway Brewing Reindeer’s Revolt

on Dec. 19, 2014, at 5:33 a.m.
On the seventh day of Beermas: Name: Reindeer’s Revolt Brewed By: Ridgeway Brewing Style: English Christmas Ale ABV: 6% Reindeers Revolt pours a golden-copper color with red highlights when held to the light. The beer is slightly hazy in the glass and the pour raised a frothy, white head. Nose …
OTTO Pizza owners left to right, Mike Keon and Anthony Allen outside their flagship shop on Congress Street in Portland, Maine.

South Portland adds another Otto Pizza, SoPo Bar and Grill

By Alex Acquisto, The Forecaster on Dec. 18, 2014, at 9:39 a.m.
The city has two more locally owned restaurants to tout. A fourth location for Otto Pizza in southern Maine — the second in South Portland — officially opened last week at 125 John Roberts Road, near the Maine Mall. SoPo Bar and Grill opened this week …

Coaster Critique: SoMe Brewing Cinnamon Toast

on Dec. 18, 2014, at 5:36 a.m.
On the sixth day of Beermas: Name: Cinnamon Toast Brewed by: SoMe Brewing Company Style: American Pale Ale ABV: 6% Pours a red-copper color with bright golden highlights when held to the light. The beer is crystal clear in the glass, carbonation is visible sliding to the top to support …

Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Cookies

on Dec. 17, 2014, at 12:46 p.m.
This recipe is courtesy of my best friend, Andy. He has been making these cookies for years and they are wildly popular. The combination of the chewy oatmeal cookie, the tangy cranberries, and the slightly bitter dark chocolate balance out the sweet and result in a most delicious cookie. Perfect …
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