Pan Seared Pork Chops with Pickled Peppers

8 Inspiring Ideas for Reinventing Pork Chops

I love pork chops. Actually, I’ll correct that. I LOVE ME SOME PORK CHOPS. They’re super cheap, pack tons of flavor, and any time I can eat an animal’s fat…I’m on board. Sometimes, though, your standard-issue pork chops aren’t the most inspiring ingredient. Once you’ve pan fried them, then pan fried them again, then pan… 

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Green Tomato and Peach Salsa

Green Tomato and Peach Salsa

My tomato plants hate me. For the second year in a row, I am fighting a losing battle against blight, a nasty disease that ravages tomato plants. It is damn near impossible to stop once it starts and it comes on quick. We have tried moving our tomato bed, some all-natural baking soda concoction and… 

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Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Across America

Sierra Nevada’s “Beer Camp Across America” Lands in Maine

The first college that I attended (there were a few to follow) was in Boston. All of the colleges that I applied to were in major cities, Pittsburgh, D.C. and Boston. Boston won, because that school accepted me. My 18 year old self had a burning need to escape Maine and head for the “big… 

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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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