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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Maine-inspired restaurant to open new location in Maryland

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 21, 2014, at 10 a.m.
BETHESDA, Md. – Lobster ME, a fast casual restaurant offering Maine-inspired lobster rolls and seafood entrees, will open its third location in late October at the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda.Lobster ME serves lobster rolls featuring Maine lobster in a variety of flavors, including Cajun and Italian. The Lobsicle, a Maine lobster …

How about breakfast burritos without eggs, cheese and meat?

on Aug. 21, 2014, at 9:10 a.m.
“Tofu Breakfast Burritos” Ever want to try a breakfast burrito without eggs, cheese and meat? A lot of you would probably say, no thanks! Well, I am here to tell you I have a recipe you will love that does not include animal products. We love breakfast burritos, especially as …

13 Blueberry recipes to try right now

on Aug. 20, 2014, at 3:09 p.m.
Here in Maine, blueberries are everywhere right now. Machias just held their annual blueberry festival, and reports indicate that there will be a good blueberry harvest this year.  Meanwhile, here in Bangor, stands with plump high bush blueberries and itty bitty tart blueberries have been appearing at farmers markets for …
Lobster dumplings at Empire Chinese Kitchen made Food and Wine magazine this month as a top Portland plate.

The most unique lobster dishes in Maine: 8 Dishes that shake, rattle and roll

By Kathleen Pierce on Aug. 19, 2014, at 2:01 p.m.
Steamed, baked stuffed, tossed with mayo on a toasted roll. This time of year lobster is in demand from Bar Harbor to the Berwicks. But, just as ice cream flavors are getting remix ed, lobster is getting a fresh makeover. In the height of tourist season chefs from across the …

Tomato brie pasta with fresh basil

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 1 p.m.
Fresh tomatoes, bright basil and creamy brie cheese combine to make a creamy pasta sauce in Tomato Brie Pasta with Fresh Basil. What foods remind you of home? I have a few. There’s my grandmother’s spaghetti sauce, a thick tomato sauce with sausage and ground beef that she proudly made …

The Five Key Ingredients For An Unforgettable Lobster Grilled Cheese Sandwich

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 9:49 a.m.
Lobster. Grilled. Cheese. Sandwich.  I still remember the first time I heard those four magical words strung together.  My best friend had been to the Dip Net in Port Clyde and lunched on a magnificent merger of two of America’s favorite foods – the humble grilled cheese and luxurious Maine …

Blueberry Treat for Breakfast

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 8:47 a.m.
Machias had its blueberry festival this past weekend, and other towns here and there in Maine have celebrated the fruit in the past couple of weeks. Toby and I celebrated blueberries for breakfast the other morning after spending a couple hours picking at a very prolific field not far from …
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Eat summer this winter. A how-to in its first installment.

on Aug. 18, 2014, at 9:58 p.m.
As I mentioned in a previous post, now is the time to be thinking about what you’ll eat this winter.  While the exponential growth in farmer’s markets over the past decade has been a welcome change there are many people, even among the most die hard farmer’s market patrons who …

The HORROR in the garden – baked zucchini sticks with parmesan

on Aug. 18, 2014, at 10:50 a.m.
What’s the biggest threat to the Maine gardener’s peace of mind? I polled my neighbors, and they all agreed…

Back in the groove

on Aug. 18, 2014, at 10:17 a.m.
It’s been more than two weeks since I wrote anything here; in the space of those 19 days, my life completely changed (as we all knew that it would.) On August 6th, a day before her due date, my daughter was born. 20.5 inches long and weighing in at 8 …

Wine & Beer Dinner on The Dock…at Fields Pond…

on Aug. 17, 2014, at 2:48 p.m.
I have been hosting Wine Dinners, and Beer Dinners, for more than 10 years…Most of them have been at local restaurants,bistros and pubs…and some have been private parties like this one…This was my first opportunity to combine the two…a Wine and Beer Dinner with the same menu… I really look …
Ployes with brown sugar are seen Friday during the 2014 Acadian World Congress in Edmundston, New Brunswick.

Au fricot! A food trip through the World Acadian Congress, from pig roast to chicken stew

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 17, 2014, at 12:30 p.m.
There’s a lot of food to be eaten at the 2014 World Acadian Congress — there is 17 days of it, after all. And there are lots of traditional Acadian dishes, from poutine to sugar pie, from pea soup to pot-en-pot. I had only one weekend to try as many …

Julia Child and the art of cooking … with lobster

on Aug. 15, 2014, at 2:54 a.m.
Today marks what would have been Julia Child’s 102nd birthday. To celebrate, I watched the ‘Lobster Show’ episode of The French Chef. If you are a Julia Child fan, a lobster lover or both, the video (just $1.99 on Amazon) is 29 minutes of pure viewing pleasure. Julia takes her …

D.L. Geary Brewing Company tasting room opening in Portland

on Aug. 14, 2014, at 1:23 p.m.
Soon there will be a new brewery tasting room in Portland. Wednesday, August 13, 2014, on the company blog, D.L. Geary Brewing announced that they are in the process of building a tasting room at their Evergreen Drive location, just around the corner from Allagash, Foundation, Bissell Brothers and Austin …

How about a BLT without Bacon?

on Aug. 13, 2014, at 10:43 a.m.
At first, bacon was tough to give up when I became vegan. I think I was addicted to bacon. For lunch, who doesn’t like a good BLT? I sure did. Well, a couple weeks into our lifestyle change, my wife and I discovered a way to still have the taste …

Soba Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce

on Aug. 13, 2014, at 10:14 a.m.
I love a spicy peanut sauce. There is something so perfectly balanced about the creamy peanut, sharp ginger, savory garlic and shallot, spicy chili, and fresh herbs. This dish can stand alone as a meal or can be paired with chicken or my personal favorite, dumplings. Don’t be intimidated by …

Rich man, poor woman – spicy lamb balls with zucchini fritters

on Aug. 12, 2014, at 4:12 p.m.
There must be a language problem between those who have, and those who have not. Hard to say… but a spicy Tunisian dish called Kefta Ghan’ Mi Bel’ breaks down all barriers – one of my favorite dinners so far this year (my wife made it – thanks!)
Members of the Gifford family, who are involved with the production and management of the Skowhegan-based Gifford's Famous Ice Cream Company, show off their award-winning product.

From shoestring to award winning, Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream keeps it all in the family

By Kathleen Pierce on Aug. 12, 2014, at 3:36 p.m.
SKOWHEGAN | Quarts of Mount Katahdin Crunch and Appalachian Trail ice cream sit on a boardroom table — lids open, scoops out. While dipping spoons into the new outdoor adventure series of ice creams named after Maine wilderness landmarks, the top team members at Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream are …

Food Buzz: The Looking Glass, Portland Brew Fest and more

By Kathleen Pierce on Aug. 12, 2014, at 3:14 p.m.
The Looking Glass restaurant receives national wine award Call up your wine friends and book a gourmet escape to Bar Harbor. For the fourth time, Wine Spectator magazine has given The Looking Glass Restaurant at the Bluenose Inn the award of excellence. The seaside dining restaurant is one of 18 …
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