How to Make and Preserve Strawberry Jam

How to Make and Preserve Strawberry Jam

Strawberry season is barely a month long. One day the plants are covered in delicate, white flowers, and the next you’re drowning in ripe, ruby red berries. It’s an excellent problem to have. We have a really small strawberry patch. It’s only two rows, each about 50 feet long. We grow only one variety, called… 

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8 Party-Ready Mimosa Recipes

8 Party-Ready Mimosa Recipes

Before last Saturday, it had been years since I had my last real night on the town. Since my tiny little dictator was born, my partying has been limited to getting a slight buzz at the Macaroni Grill, and having a bit too much wine in my living room and tripping over the step that… 

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Maple Cinnamon Rolls

Reading: New England Farmgirl: Recipes and Stories From a Farmer’s Daughter (PLUS GIVEAWAY!)

Just last weekend was Maine Maple Sunday, the sweetest day of the year. On this day in March, all the sugar shacks of Maine open their doors for tours and tasting. Guests are welcomed in from the cold (it was 14 degrees where we were up in Hope) to watch the sweet steam rise from… 

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Jambalaya

Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya with Pork and Alligator Sausage

I’d better be straight with you, right off the bat. I have no idea if this recipe qualifies as “authentic” jambalaya. Heck, I’m not even sure if I know what authentic jambalaya is. I’ve never wrestled an alligator while an old man in hip waders and a white handlebar mustache looks on in knowing silence…. 

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Cheddar Cheese Straws

Cheddar Cheese Straws

You know what we need? A good, old-fashioned cocktail party. Dress up a little. Wear lipstick or a pocket square. Spin music on the record player. Light candles and do the twist. Have a quiet conversation and play Cards Against Humanity. I love going out to my favorite watering holes, but it’s fun to spend… 

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St. Patrick's Day

8 Alcohol-Absorbing Recipes to Help You Survive St. Patrick’s Day

A little bit of planning (and some carefully planned cooking projects), and you might even survive until Wednesday. Don’t worry; you can thank me later. 1. Corned Beef Hash “Have a great corned beef hash just once in your life, and you’ll find yourself forever chasing the experience, a journey that ultimately ends when you… 

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'Wich, Please

Kickstarting Our Food Truck, Part 5: Unexpected Snags

In November of last year, we managed to raise just shy of $30,000 in one month (making our campaign the seventh most-funded food truck in Kickstarter history), in order to launch a new sandwich empire here in Rockland, Maine. It’s been almost a month since our last update, chronicling the details of launching the business and getting… 

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Lemon Vanilla Bean Pound Cake with Lavender Glaze

Lemon Vanilla Bean Pound Cake with Lavender Glaze

The first signs of Spring are starting to make an appearance. The mornings are heavy with  fog from the day’s warm air connecting with the mountainous snow banks. The sun shines almost every day, and the air smells like melting snow. It’s not a smell you can describe, but it’s a smell that everyone living… 

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Shrimp Hush Puppies

Shrimp Hush Puppies with Spicy Remoulade

My best friend just had a baby. She took her time in considering this event, longer even than I did. Was she okay enough? Was the world okay enough? Would the benefits outweigh the extreme possibility of mistakes and genetic misfortune. I’m so thankful she waited until she was certain, and when time was right she… 

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