August Giveaway: “Portland Food: The Culinary Capital of Maine”

Portland Food

Few people are as well-acquainted with Portland, Maine’s rich food history as The Blueberry Files blogger Kate McCarty. McCarty talks to the chefs who are making food that means something to them; the shopkeepers, cooks, and bakers who are selling Portlanders their daily bread and scallops. She even goes all Hunter S. Thompson and makes cheese with… 

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Zucchini Fritters with Mint Yogurt Dip

Zucchini Fritters with Mint Yogurt Dip

I had a mini panic attack in my garden yesterday. Let me back up. We’re having a fabulous year. Everything that we planted is coming up, unprecedented for us. The problem is, Maine’s growing season is so short that nearly everything flourishes at the same time: right now. Yesterday, I stood in the middle of… 

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Roasted Bananas on Toast

Cinammon-Butter Roasted Bananas on Toast with Honey

So, toast. Toast is. The thing about toast is. The thing about toast is that it is perfectly simple and satisfying. It’s entirely good. It ushers in happy memories of sitting at the breakfast table, just you and your mom, getting looked at by her, without distraction. It’s lying on the couch kind of sick,… 

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Thai Chicken Larb

Thai Chicken Larb

We don’t do a lot of Thai cooking at home, for reasons that aren’t entirely clear to me. In our house, we tend to think of Thai cooking as an option more when the weather is cold; the fiery curries and thick, creamy coconut sauces that make up the bulk of our typical Thai takeout… 

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Rails, Tails and Ales: A Photo Story

Rails, Tails and Ales: A Photostory

There are some events that you just shouldn’t miss. When you hear that there will be a gathering of classic cars and a craft beer show all in one location, you go. You hop in the car, hit 295 and follow the traffic through Wiscasset and over the bridge to the Boothbay turn off. Before… 

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14 Ways to Use Fresh, Seasonal Raspberries

It’s full-blown raspberry season! We like them by the handful straight from the basket, still warm from the sun…but it turns out that you can actually cook with them, too! Fresh raspberries are peaking right now, and they are better now than they’ll be all year. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for… 

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Fried Mahi-Mahi Fish Sandwiches Topped with Cheesy Curly Fries

Fried Mahi-Mahi Fish Sandwiches Topped with Cheesy Curly Fries (Or: The Ultimate Filet-O-Fish)

It’s no secret to long-time readers of this website that I have a deep-seated, lifelong obsession with the McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish. I understand the consequences of voicing this passion publicly, understand that every time I mention the sandwich, another self-appointed “foodie” rolls his eyes in disgust, and goes back to the dictionary to find a new… 

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P.F. Chang's

Perfect Summer Pairings at P.F. Chang’s (Plus Contest!)

The new Summer Chef’s Seasonal Menu at P. F. Chang’s is full of fresh bites, perfect for the season. Malcolm and I became fans of the popular Chinese chain years ago, while visiting the US from Mexico. The restaurant was cool, cavernous, and dark, and we were impressed by the quality and striking flavors. Unlike… 

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Lamb Keftedes

Lamb Keftedes

We’ve gone pita crazy! Seriously, ever since we unlocked the secret to Zankou Chicken’s garlic sauce (what the more Lebanese among us call “toum,”) we’ve been desperate to find new things to stuff into pita pockets to spread with the stuff. Today’s recipe for lamb keftedes takes us all the way back to ancient Greece,… 

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