Blueberry Clementine-Soaked Cake with Blood Orange Bitters

It’s been a very snowy few weeks since we’ve been back in New England. We’re snug in our cozy house that has been renovated with knotty pine floors, white subway tile in the kitchen, and rough beams throughout the downstairs. We’re happy to be reunited with our farm table, baked bean pot, blueberry rake, Eleanor the doe-eyed… 

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Split Pea Soup

Classics: Smoky Ham and Split Pea Soup

I, for one, am not complaining about the rain. It’s a fine excuse to wear green Wellingtons, watch Netflix documentaries, and drink a splash of brandy in the bathtub. Rain is also a very good reason to make a great batch of soup. I’d been thinking of my grandfather, a plumber who read the Old Testament in the kitchen at midnight and brought me to the… 

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Turkey BLT Panini

Today’s Sandwich: Turkey BLT Panini (Little Dog Coffee Shop)

Today’s sandwich is the “Turkey BLT Panini” It combines smoked turkey, lettuce, tomato, and cheddar cheese with basil mayonnaise on focaccia. Location: 87 Maine Street, Brunswick Price: $7.95 Notes: Could the great state of Maine be the last remaining stronghold for the lowly wrap sandwich? I thought that, as a nation, we had agreed that… 

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Sloppy Joe

Classics: Sloppy Joe

Is there a more quintessentially American food than the Sloppy Joe? Okay, so the sandwich, a slurry of beef, onion, and sweet tomato sauce, isn’t exactly the darling of the gourmet food world. Maybe it’s because of that whole “Manwich” association from the 1980s, the canned Sloppy Joe sauce that removed most of the “cooking”… 

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Mae's Cafe and Bakery

Mae’s Cafe and Bakery

We found ourselves at Mae’s Cafe and Bakery on a recent rainy day at noon – the ideal time to take advantage of both the extensive breakfast and lunch menus. We sat in a cozy window seat at this adorable Bath eatery and enjoyed bottomless mugs of coffee while we watched the rain. The dining room is… 

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Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich from Libby's Market

Today’s Sandwich: Chicken Fried Steak (Libby’s Market)

Today’s sandwich is the “Chicken Fried Steak.” It combines a breaded, fried beef patty with lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese, and mayonnaise on a roll. Notes: Located in Brunswick, Libby’s may just be the ideal small Maine corner store, come to life. A small, modular building with plenty of charm, its continued existence likely depends entirely… 

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Poutine Grilled Cheese

Poutine Grilled Cheese (Homemade)

Today’s sandwich is the “Poutine Grilled Cheese” It combines french fries and cheddar cheese curds on oatmeal bread, with a side of pork gravy. Notes: As you start to peel off the layers of clothing you’ve been wearing all Winter, exposing pale, pasty flesh to the sun for the first time in months, you may… 

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Veal Osso Buco

Osso Buco is all about the marrow. To paraphrase Thoreau, “…live deep and suck out all the marrow of life,…” The name refers to the hole of the bone, which is where the essence lies. Be certain to take some sort of implement to extract the good stuff and smear it on the polenta or… 

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Sumthin' Fishy

Sumthin’ Fishy

In a parking lot off Route 201, between the Napa Auto Parts and the entrance to Tri-Sports, a tarplike plastic tent is erected every April and dismantled in the Fall. It’s one of the ways to tell it’s springtime in Topsham, the opening of Sumthin’ Fishy. When we moved here, at the tail end of last… 

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