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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brunch

Spring Brunch Menu: Spinach and Gruyere Strata

What’s the best aspect of brunch? Is it eating at the dining table in your half-pajamas? The gracious glass of tart mimosa or spicy Bloody Mary pregnant with pickles? The Sunday Times unpacked all over the floor, trailing after you for the rest of the day? Is it the interplay of sweet and savory, breakfast… 

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cream-of-asparagus-soup

Spring Brunch Menu: Asparagus Soup

Spring has finally arrived in Maine, and with it golden-yellow dandelions carpeting fields of green, delicate pink blossoms decorating dogwood trees, and fat bumblebees buzzing lazily about daffodils. After many months of looking stripped, gray and stark, bare limbs are painted with colors saturated and brilliant. Spring always takes me by surprise. I catch it in… 

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Trenton Tomato Pie

Trenton Tomato Pie

When in New Jersey’s capital city, don’t bother trying to find the best slice of “pizza.” In Trenton, the “tomato pie” is king, a thin-crust, chewy round pizza whose most defining characteristic is the unusual placement of the tomato sauce: it’s on top. Unlike more traditional pizzas, where you run the risk of pulling all… 

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Broccoli Rabe and Roast Pork Sandwich

Today’s Sandwich: Garlicky Broccoli Rabe & Roasted Pork (Homemade)

Today’s sandwich combines roasted pork loin, provolone cheese, and sauteed broccoli rabe on a Portuguese roll. Notes: Though it may have been invented in Philadelphia, this sandwich mentally transports me to Atlantic City in the Wintertime, when the frozen gray boardwalk is all but abandoned and the only sound is the endless hum coming from… 

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Frosty's Donuts

Frosty’s Donut and Coffee Shop

The consensus is one of gratitude and relief.  Locals cheer the reopening of iconic Frosty’s Donut and Coffee Shop on Maine Street in Brunswick. The proof is in the writing on their Facebook wall and in the Bowdoin student press. There are precious few institutions in this mad and fleeting world that endure through many… 

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Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

Bangers and mash? Fish and chips? Nah. The most popular takeout dish in Britain continues to be chicken tikka masala, baked or broiled chicken “tikka” marinated in yogurt and a “mix of spices” (or masala), flavored in a smoky and subtly spicy, creamy tomato sauce. Legend has it that the dish was first created by… 

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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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