Lemon Cheesecake with Shortbread Crust and Blackberry Curd

Lemon Cheesecake with Shortbread Crust and Blackberry Curd

In true Maine form, the past week has brought us record high temperatures for May, followed by nights reminiscent of late October. Temperatures were northward of 90 degrees at least two days last week. The harsh, laughable winter was long forgotten, and we northerners were in our glory as we complained about being denied a… 

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Vanilla-Roasted Rhubarb and Strawberries

Rhubarb Week: Vanilla-Roasted Rhubarb and Strawberries

I didn’t know rhubarb would grow so tall. I didn’t know about its fluttering flowers and fleeting stalks. Or the shameless pink of its overground roots. It is satisfying to pull from the ground. I’m amazed at how prolific it is. It definitely maximizes its all-too-brief season. It is raw, tart and green tasting. It pairs… 

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Grilled Flank Steak Tacos with Chipotle Rhubarb Salsa

Rhubarb Week: Grilled Flank Steak Tacos with Chipotle Rhubarb Salsa

You know what’s a reasonable thing to have in your garden? A rhubarb plant. You know what’s less reasonable? Having ten enormous rhubarb plants. A bumper crop of rhubarb, each plant producing dozens of thick, crimson red rhubarb stalks, has left us scrambling for new ways to use the tart flesh of this vegetable. We… 

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carrot-cake

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This carrot cake recipe is a keeper. I baked it for Malcolm’s birthday, because carrot cake is his favorite. Three cheers for him! For he’s a jolly good fellow, for he’s a jolly good fellow, for he’s a jolly good fellow, which nobody can deny. Carrot Cake Adapted from Epicurious Ingredients: 2/3 cup flour 1/2… 

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Len's Fish & Chips

Today’s Sandwich: Haddock Sliders (Len’s Fish & Chips)

Today’s sandwich is the “Haddock Slider” from Len’s Fish and Chips. It features twin haddock sandwiches on butter-griddled buns with tartar sauce on the side. Location: 17 Bow Street, Brunswick Price:$6.99 Notes: In general, I’m not crazy about the “slidification” of sandwiches. First, it’s technically inaccurate; a “slider” isn’t a small sandwich, it’s a two… 

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Amato's Meatball Parm

An Open Letter to the Meatball Parmigiana Sandwich from Amato’s

Dear Meatball Parmigiana Sandwich from Amato’s, Can you believe it’s been almost three years since we met? I have to confess that it wasn’t exactly love at first sight, if I can even find it within myself to believe in such a thing anymore. When we first met, I was going through kind of a… 

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Hungarian Mushroom Soup

Hungarian Mushroom Soup

We love patronizing local establishments as often as we can, but we seem to be always on the move. It’s a neat trick to be able to copy, to the best of my ability, favorite foods from far and wide, such as this dish made by our man Russell in Mexico, or this soup from a cafe in… 

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Holbrook’s

Holbrook’s Snack Bar sits at sea level, where the public road ends. I found it by accident or instinct, driving and admiring the abundance of leaves that nature has finally delivered to the light in northern New England. I took a last minute left on my way out to Orr’s and Bailey Islands and followed the signs to Cundy’s… 

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Gurnet Trading Co

Gurnet Trading Co.

What a cute place this is. It’s tucked into a hill, on the side of the road, on the way out of Brunswick, surrounded by water and magnificent trees. We ate on the sunken outdoor dining patio and felt the warm wind as we munched on seafood and felt hopeful about the Summer ahead. It’s just too bad… 

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