Dark Chocolate Stout Frozen Custard

Dark Chocolate Stout Frozen Custard

I have been extremely lucky in that I have known all of my grandparents and almost all of my great grandparents. In fact, my last-remaining great-grandmother passed away just a year and a half ago, when I was 28. In the generations preceding mine, families were younger. Couples married straight out of high school and… 

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Sour Cream Enchiladas

Tomatillo Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

I’m told that other people in history have had up to and as many as two children. Yes, even all at the same time. I recognize that we’re not exactly breaking any new ground. And I knew, based on our experience with our first baby almost three years ago, that adding another newborn into the… 

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Blueberry Sour Cream Pie

17 Ways to Use Seasonal Maine Blueberries

Maine wild blueberries are tiny, usually smaller than peas. They are sweet, never tart, and have a gentle mellowness other berries lack. Driving through Maine at this time of year – high summer – you will find wild blueberries for sale outside everywhere. At roadside tables, farmstands, in neighbors’ front yards. You can also pick… 

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Tagliatelle with Smoked Ham and Peas

Tagliatelle with Smoked Ham and Peas

When your wife is approximately 70 weeks pregnant, with a new baby due absolutely any day, how do you possibly keep your wits about you enough to cook dinner? Or for that matter, to do much of anything? That first time around with a newborn, you don’t know what to expect. That’s by design; if… 

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Maine Lobster Festival: Seafood Cooking Contest 2014: A Photo Story

Maine Lobster Festival Seafood Cooking Contest 2014: A Photostory

This year marked the 67th annual Maine Lobster Festival. If you’ve never been to the festival, it is exactly what you’re picturing. Thousands of people gather next to the ocean to consume thousands upon thousands of pounds of freshly cooked lobster. For four days each year, Rockland is heaven on Earth for those of us… 

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Rum Runner

Celebrate National Relaxation Day with Tommy Bahama, a Rum Runner, and a Contest!

There are days when I can only steal a few moments of relaxation, solace, peace, reflection, quiet, calm, indulgence for myself. That may mean waking up early to meditate on the floor next to our bed, or read with a cup of Earl Gray tea at the kitchen table. Sometimes it’s a car ride all alone,… 

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Portland Food

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

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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