Winter Warmer from Summer Garden: Black Bean Bisque

on March 02, 2015, at 5:05 p.m.
A warming black bean bisque, all from last year’s garden except for two ribs of celery: black beans I grew last summer, a couple of Scarlet Nantes carrots, some onions, garlic, a pint of home-canned tomatoes, water from the tap, cooked up together and seasoned with cumin, smoked paprika, and …

House rules: winning team buys losing team a beer

on March 01, 2015, at 7:51 p.m.
Some of life’s greatest highs and lowest lows stem from winning and losing. Winning and celebrating with your team is a great feeling and on the flip-side a loss can be painful. At the Belfast Curling Club in Belfast, Maine beer is the great equalizer. I’ve been making trips to …

Tantalizing options for ME Restaurant Week that you need to know

on March 01, 2015, at 4:27 p.m.
I’m so excited!  It’s the time of year that some marketing genius decided was best to brighten the dark (especially this year) days of winter and hip-deep snow with culinary delights that’ll knock your Carhartt’s off. Brilliant – and appreciated. Maine Restaurant Week 2015! Okay, so it should be called …

Double bull’s eyes! Eggs in French bread

on March 01, 2015, at 11:54 a.m.
Another incredibly delicious way to prepare eggs, and Philip Glass, arguably the world’s best living composer, astonishes the staff of a small Providence arts club with a surprise request to practice on their piano. For over an hour.

American on Tap – Bangor Edition

on Feb. 27, 2015, at 9:05 p.m.
I heard about America on Tap in mid-December, that’s when I started emailing them to find out about their organization and about the two events in Maine – Portland and Bangor – so I could do a lead up blog post. I spent a couple weeks bouncing emails off different …

Taste of Waterville

By patirica michaud on Feb. 27, 2015, at 2:49 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Location: Downtown Waterville, Main Street, Waterville, Maine For more information: 207-873-3315; Join your friends and family for the finest cuisines in the Waterville area as we celebrate our local restaurants with street-side dining. There will also be an array of …

Find a Piece of Maine at b.good in Boston

on Feb. 26, 2015, at 5:26 p.m.
Slipping and sliding, my kids and I walked in the bitter cold last Thursday from our Boston hotel to b.good, a burger joint with a commitment to fresh, locally-sourced food. I’d selected it reluctantly, knowing it was close-by and wanting to try a burger somewhere. Founded by two childhood friends, …
Dan Tierney, a farmer at Cornerstone Farm in Palmyra stacks vegetables at the Bangor Farmers Market recently. Packing a lunch with ingredients grown locally is now easier than ever. Vegetables like cherry tomatoes, carrots or cucumbers make great snack foods, but markets and farms throughout Maine also sell other foods, like bread, meat and cheese.

Brewer nonprofit to hold CSA fair Sunday

By Natalie Feulner on Feb. 26, 2015, at 3:59 p.m.
Food AND Medicine, a Brewer-based nonprofit that promotes worker rights and access to local food will hold its annual Community Supported Agriculture Fair Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Sea Dog Banquet Hall in Bangor. The event, which is free to the public, will give visitors a chance …
Jicama Tacos are a good way to eat Paleo, a diet that features meat and vegetables and no processed food.

How to eat like a caveman, lose weight

By Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press (TNS) on Feb. 26, 2015, at 2:25 p.m.
Eat like a caveman. That’s the thrust of the trendy Paleo style of eating. At its core, the Paleo diet is devoid of all processed foods, refined sugars and dairy. In theory, it is supposed to mirror the way Stone Age hunter-gatherers ate. The diet has been around for a …

Maine’s newest brewery opening this Friday

on Feb. 26, 2015, at 8:38 a.m.
I headed out to Amherst, Maine last night to check out Square Tail Brewing Company before their grand opening, the last time I went they were still under construction. Since my last trip they’ve finished the brewhouse and completed the tasting room which has an outdoors theme. A short bar …

Change up your shrimp with grits!

on Feb. 26, 2015, at 6:53 a.m.
Barrista James Frydrych slings java behind the county at Coffee By Design on Diamond Street in Portland in June 2014. Despite a rise in artisinal coffee brands, most Americans buy coffee for low cost and convenience.

Cafe mediocre: Americans are happy to gulp down bad coffee

By Roberto A. Ferdman, The Washington Post on Feb. 25, 2015, at 8:03 a.m.
With upscale artisanal coffee brewers dotting city streets across the country, America might fancy itself a nation of high-end coffee drinkers. But just the opposite is true: People in this country, on the whole, are actually drinking worse coffee today than they have in the past. And the reason appears …
The Lost Kitchen, 22 Mill St., Freedom, chef and owner Erin French prepares meals during dinner.

Ask the experts: Who are Maine’s best chefs and bartenders?

By Emily Burnham and Kathleen Pierce on Feb. 24, 2015, at 5:39 p.m.
In the food world, the James Beard awards are like the Super Bowl, a coveted championship where food writers, chefs, bartenders and bakers vie for top honors. The semifinalists for the restaurant and chef awards were announced last week. The majority of the 10 chefs, bartenders and bakers who made …

Overnight Raspberry French Toast Bake Recipe

on Feb. 24, 2015, at 4:49 p.m.
It’s cold outside, but you can warm up this morning with this toasty recipe for Overnight Raspberry French Toast Bake.  In our office, five people wore sunny yellow shirts to work on Monday. One reporter confessed that a trip she’s taking later this week is to warmer climates — before she …

Allagash Brewing hosts first event celebrating 20 years of beer

on Feb. 24, 2015, at 4:08 p.m.
My wife and I have been looking forward to a weekend in Portland ever since I got the E-vite from Allagash Brewing Company asking if I’d attend their customer appreciation event. I had planned on writing about all the breweries we visited along the way, and we did visit a …

Gulf of Maine Seafood Celebration

By John Muzzy on Feb. 24, 2015, at 9:01 a.m.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Location: Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 350 Commercial Street, Portland , Maine For more information: 207-228-1699; Spend a spring evening enjoying views of Casco Bay as you sample delectable Gulf of Maine seafood dishes prepared by our Culinary Partners. The …

Beet and Winter Squash Latkes

on Feb. 23, 2015, at 8:12 p.m.
Some months ago, I ate lunch out at a vegetarian restaurant that offered a menu of really intriguing ingredient combinations prepared so creatively and flavorfully that it would be hard to miss having meat at the meal. I was a vegetarian for a while, first an economic vegetarian—I just couldn’t …

Simple steamed eggs… and a chat with Percy Baines

on Feb. 22, 2015, at 10:03 a.m.
Margaret tempts us with her steamed eggs, which she says many people haven’t tried, and remembers an accidental conversation with Percy Baines.
Justin Douglass of the Inn By the Sea in Cape Elizabeth concocted a drink inspired by the Oscar-nominated movie "Grand Budapest Hotel" and its key plot point, a painting called "Boy With Apple." It calls for Jack Daniels, Absolute Orient Apple, pomegranate juice, a splash of champagne and an apple garnish

5 film-inspired cocktails for a top-notch Oscars party

By Kathleen Pierce on Feb. 19, 2015, at 12:36 p.m.
CAPE ELIZABETH | And the Oscar for best drink goes to — drum roll — Julianne at DiMillo’s. Most creative cocktail? The Grand Budapest Hotel at Inn by the Sea. Sexiest? The leading actress at Sur Lie. On Sunday, Feb. 22, the hottest actresses and actors will stride the …

Celebrating Chinese New Year with lobster (chips)

on Feb. 19, 2015, at 5:30 a.m.
In the lead up to the Lunar New Year, I have enjoyed reading about the increased role Maine lobster is playing in this Chinese holiday. According to various articles, lobster is a festive delicacy and an emblem of prosperity.  Lobster is also a symbol of good luck to the Chinese, given a cooked crustacean’s bright …
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