Colored eggs are for sale at Menagerie Farm in Vasselboro

A quick guide to buying farm-fresh eggs

By Kathleen Pierce on May 05, 2015, at 4 p.m.
The TV jingle used to crow, “brown eggs are local eggs and local eggs are fresh.” What about blue eggs? White? Off-white? Sage green? At Menagerie Farm in Vassalboro, multi-hued, free-range, organic orbs laid by 48 hard-working fowl sell within days. “Free range makes a huge difference. The yolks are …
Chris and Paige Gould's restaurant, Central Provisions, was a finalist for best new restaurant in the nation by the James Beard Foundation but lost to Batard of New York.

Maine nominees shut out of James Beard awards

By Richard Leong, Reuters on May 05, 2015, at 11:21 a.m.
Michael Anthony of the venerable Gramercy Tavern in New York City was recognized as the best U.S. chef by the James Beard Foundation on Monday, while Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a pioneer of the “farm-to-table” movement just north of the Big Apple, took the best restaurant honor. On the …

Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes

on May 05, 2015, at 9:08 a.m.
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away,” my nine-year-old son Will read from a sign in my kitchen on a recent evening. It’s hung wherever we’ve lived for nearly four years, since just after the death of …

Maine Brewers Guild announces summer brewfest

on May 04, 2015, at 6:36 p.m.
I have had July 25, 2015 circled on the calendar since January. I posted my annual list of New England Brewfests with July 25th simply reading “Maine Brewers Guild Fest – Thompson Point, ME” because that was the extent of the details at the time but it’s one of the …

Cry Babies Are Comforting for Happy Adults, Too

on May 04, 2015, at 3:19 p.m.
You don’t have to be a whiney little kid to be comforted by Cry Babies, a pillowy soft, lightly spiced molasses cookie. Actually, they are good enough that I am not sure I would want to pass them out all that often to crying kiddos except in the case of …
Baker Brooke Hebert was hired recently to make medical cannabis cookies and pastries for members of the Wellness Connection of Maine. Here she makes a test batch of gingersnap cookies in the new bakery in the Gardiner headquarters.

Medical marijuana dispensary baker helps patients deal with pain

By Kathleen Pierce on May 04, 2015, at 2:31 p.m.
GARDINER | In the basement of a former train station, the faint smell of cannabis hangs in the air. Pacing around a squeaky clean kitchen, Brooke Hebert tosses ginger snap cookie dough into a bowl of sugar. When her pastries are laced with pot, they will be sold upstairs …

Blank Canvas Brewery to open in early summer in downtown Brewer

on May 04, 2015, at 1:31 p.m.
Owners Stephen Genthner and Jessica Wentworth announced on Monday that their new beer-making company, Blank Canvas Brewery, will open in early summer at 71B Center Street in downtown Brewer. Blank Canvas Brewery will offer craft beer inspired by local ingredients. Genthner and Wentworth will operate a small-scale brewing production, starting with …

Green smiley faces entice children to eat vegetables, ditch chocolate milk

By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times (TNS) on May 04, 2015, at 12:30 p.m.
Crusaders in the fight against childhood obesity have discovered a powerful new weapon — the green smiley-faced emoticon. When placed near cartons of plain nonfat milk in school cafeterias, the proportion of children who put them on their trays skyrocketed from 7.4 percent to 48 percent, researchers reported this week. …

The best beers in Portland? They’re not at bars

on May 04, 2015, at 7:53 a.m.
A tasting room walks into a bar…
Rachel Katz of the Terranian Farm in Troy Maine sets out produce for the Orono Famers Market which meets on the side of the Stillwater River in Orono.

3 Maine farmers markets to visit this spring, summer

By Kathleen Pierce on May 03, 2015, at 6 a.m.
As the ground thaws and green shoots thrust through the earth, another rite of spring commences: farmers market season. In Maine, we are awash with a panoply of markets from which to shop for local foods, eat seasonal and support the myriad farmers in our midst. So grab your cash …

Horses, Bourbon, Mint, must be Kentucky Derby time

on May 01, 2015, at 5:16 p.m.
Saturday, May 2nd marks the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby an event that conjures up images of pretty dresses, money, roses, horses and little men (and women) in colorful silks and of course the mint julep. The Kentucky Derby website calls out the mint julep as the traditional beverage …

Tick-borne Powassan virus on the rise

on May 01, 2015, at 9:31 a.m.
Maine has had no new Powassan cases since Lyn Snow’s death in 2013. But several sources say the virus is on the increase: as many as 4% of deer ticks may be carrying this extremely dangerous pathogen.

The best spots to spend happy hour in Portland

on May 01, 2015, at 8:38 a.m.
We all love happy hour. I love the focus in Portland on great drinks, because it’s a pretty key component to the happy hour experience. But what I love more is that perfect marriage of food and drink for happy hour. Drinking and food just go together, and in Portland, …

Big Brew Day in Downtown Bangor to celebrate National Homebrew Day

on April 29, 2015, at 4:54 p.m.
The American Homebrewers Association(AHA) hosts Big Brew Day on the first Saturday of May each year. This year Big Brew Day is on May 2, 2015. AHA Big Brew Day is a celebration of National Homebrew Day which went into effect in 1988 and is officially May 7th. Each Year …

Farmers Are Warming Up Even If Spring Is Not.

on April 28, 2015, at 8:39 p.m.
You may have noticed we seem to be suffering through a colder than normal spring.  If so, you’re not alone.  Each day closer to May that finds me in several layers of shirt, wool sweaters, fleece jackets and knitted hats is another day closer to utter insanity.  Luckily, I have …

Egg Salad Sliders with Bacon

on April 28, 2015, at 7:50 p.m.
One year ago, I crossed the Piscataqua River Bridge into Maine for the first time. Driving up I-95, and then I-295 and I-95 again, the thought of trading southern New England, where I’d spent more than a decade, for Maine was a daunting idea. Back in Connecticut, we lived in a …
Pasta carbonara

Best spaghetti? Put a fork in it

By Russ Parsons, Los Angeles Times (TNS) on April 28, 2015, at 4:52 p.m.
For a busy weekday cook, having a good dried spaghetti in the pantry is about 90 percent of having dinner made. Dress it with butter and Parmigiano-Reggiano or chopped fresh tomatoes and olive oil, and you have a memorable meal with little more than the time and effort it took …
Chef owner Evan Funke works something up on Oct 1, 2013, in the kitchen of Bucato, an Italian restaurant in the old Beacon space in the Helms Bakery complex in Culver City, California.

Pasta’s 15 seconds of fame

By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times (TNS) on April 28, 2015, at 4:25 p.m.
When Evan Funke bought a ticket to Italy and went off to study pasta making in Bologna for three months in 2008, it changed his trajectory as a chef. Now chef-owner of the Italian restaurant Bucato in Culver City, California, he found a calling in his love for handmade pasta. …
Chef Shanna O'Hea of Academe Brasserie at The Kennebunk Inn competes on Beat Bobby Flay May 7.

Kennebunk chef tries to Beat Bobby Flay

By Kathleen Pierce on April 28, 2015, at 2:17 p.m.
She has been “Chopped.” She has wowed judges on “Rewrapped” with a Chef Boyardee-inspired crumble cake. Now, Shanna O’Hea of Academe in Kennebunk takes her talents a step further as she tries to beat Bobby Flay on another Food Network show. On Thursday, May 7, the owner of The Kennebunk …

Two new restaurants to open in downtown Bangor

on April 28, 2015, at 10:58 a.m.
Two new restaurants are coming to the Queen City, city officials said Tuesday. Massimo’s Breads at 130 Hammond Street is slated to transform into Massimo’s Pizza Bar. Meanwhile the iconic Circular Building on Broad Street will become home to Evenrood’s, a new restaurant slated for the downstairs space there. That’s right …
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