“Some people might call ’em spoiled, but I think that these almost ruined ones sometimes make the sweetest jam,” Pearl Smooter says to her daughter, Melanie Carmichael, in the 2002 romantic comedy film “Sweet Home Alabama.” She’s making peach jam, and providing motherly advice to her… Read More
    I fell. The curb came out of nowhere and, in an instant, I went from a brisk walk to belly down on the concrete sidewalk. Immediately, the panic set in. A rush of adrenaline propelled me up to standing again while spurting “I’m ok,” to… Read More
New potatoes and the leeks are fine and ready, and we are still having temperatures in the seventies, so cold potato and leek soup tastes very good indeed. This winter when there are potatoes and leeks in the cellar and snow on the ground,… Read More
    When the peaches here are super ripe and thudding to the ground in the slightest breeze, I race around like mad trying to scoop them up before the hornets eat them and they melt into the ground. I’ve canned them, and frozen some, made… Read More

Food Blogs

      In 1910, Maine was at the peak of an immigration wave that was providing crucial labor for its biggest industries. The US Census of that year found that 16% of Maine’s population, or one in eight residents, were immigrants. That’s a far greater share than today,… Read More
CORINTH, ME — A public baked bean supper will be held 4:30 – 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9 at Corinth United Methodist Church, 275 Main St. Menu includes baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, hot dogs, chop suey, bread and pie.  Cost $8, $7 seniors (60+), $4,… Read More
    DEDHAM — Dedham Church will have a bake bean supper from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug 19 at Route 46 in the Dedham Village.  The supper will have beans, coleslaw, potato salad, hot dogs, rolls, beverages and an assortment of pies.  $9.00 adults, $4.00 children… Read More
    On Main St. in Westbrook resides a counter service eatery serving poke (pronounced po-kay) – a Hawaiian sushi salad. The first of it’s type in Maine, Big Fin Poke opened late last year to stellar reviews, mine included. Since then, they’ve continued quitely serving… Read More
    Cat stuff, pretty random. We'll return to the human condition next time. Read More
    I was invited to check out Local 188 on Congress St. this week and write an honest review in excange for a complimentary meal. Of course, I’d been there before, but not in a minute, and was looking forward to seeing what was new. I first started going… Read More
    Workers in a textile mill, thought to be in Lewiston, Maine. Image: University of Southern Maine, Franco-American Collection / Maine Memory Network In the early twentieth century, thousands of children worked in Maine’s manufacturing industries – in textile mills, shoe shops, granite quarries,… Read More
    I propel myself into uncharted territory - vegan cuisine - for the first time with vegan poblano lasagna. Tasty stuff! Read More
    The grizzled Union veteran incorporated into the Civil War monument at Lincoln in Penobscot County was sculpted at the Hallowell Granite Works. (Brian F. Swartz Photos) Charlottesville’s shadow swirled briefly around a Maine monument in mid-August. Our gorgeous state boasts some… Read More
    Last week, my kids and I headed off on an adventure. Oh, the joys of summer adventuring … with the school year nearing (I won’t dare say that summer’s over — we all know it’s not yet!) I wanted to get a little fun and relaxation in before… Read More
    The West End has a new restaurant occupying the space that was previously Caiola’s. It remained open for a spell under its former name after changing hands and the new owners closed for renovations earlier this year to reopen as Chaval. As a frequent… Read More
    As the Mayweather/McGregor boxing match descends upon us, it is being hyped to a point that no other fight in combat sports ever has. The intrigue, of course, comes from taking one of the best boxers of all time and matching him up with… Read More
    While anxious to reunite with her physician husband at the 20th Maine Infantry’s camp in Virginia in late winter 1863, Ann Sarah Monroe also was on a mission to collect intelligence on the conditions of Maine boys spending that winter in the Union camps. The… Read More