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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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Beef Stew with Chipotle and Bleu Cheese

Beef Stew with Chipotle, Bleu Cheese and Green Onions

March will make you crazy, if you let it. Here in Maine, like much of the country, we experienced delicious if unusual high temperatures last week. It felt like Spring was upon us. We stripped off our heavy sweaters and hats and gloves and scarves and parkas and boots and wool socks and let our bare… 

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Hoss and Mary's Tasty Grub

Hoss and Mary’s Tasty Grub

When I imagine Old Orchard Beach, the seven-mile stretch of sandy beach about eleven miles South of Portland, my mind doesn’t immediately conjure up images of exceptional dining opportunities. In the Summer, an influx of tourists from all over Maine blankets Old Orchard in acres of pale white skin, Marlboro Light smoke, airbrushed t-shirts, and… 

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Broccoli Rabe, Spicy Sausage, and Ricotta on Garlic-Rubbed Bread

If you haven’t been in Maine this week, you are missing out on magic. Whatever the cause, it has been undeniably wonderful to be warm all the through, to hear birds chirp, to watch grass turn green and trees bud and shoots come up from the earth, almost overnight. At least, that’s how it looks from… 

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Boiled Egg, Asparagus, and Pickled Onion Sandwich

Today’s Sandwich: Boiled Egg, Sauteed Asparagus, and Pickled Onion (Homemade)

Today’s sandwich combines hard boiled egg, pan-roasted asparagus, and pickled onion on a lightly-grilled French baguette. Notes: Here in Maine, we are at the tail end of a few days of record heat, which is making us crumple up our typical March menus and throw them out our newly-opened windows. Without the foot of snow… 

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Mateo's Hacienda

Mateo’s Hacienda

You can tell from the street that Mateo’s Hacienda is a tiny, hole-in-the-wall place. The restaurant features a bright orange-painted facade, with a small front window just barely large enough to contain a cartoon rendering of a gloriously stereotypical spaghetti Western Mexican, complete with black handlebar mustache, giant sombrero, and armed with bottles of hot… 

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Leek and Goat Cheese Pie

Home Made is a beautiful picture book filled with recipes I seldom make. Flipping through its pages makes me wish I spent a semester in Amsterdam, contemplating windmills and wooden shoes. I was drawn to an overhead shot of “long leek pie”. It seems to epitomize everything I imagine European lifestyle cooking to be. It’s… 

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Corned Beef Hash

Corned Beef Hash

For me, a traditional New England Boiled Dinner, complete with potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and cabbage, is only a necessary stop along the path between “not eating corned beef hash” and “eating corned beef hash.” There’s nothing wrong with a boiled dinner, exactly (especially if you have lots of whole grain mustard and horseradish cream on… 

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Corned Beef and Cabbage

Classics: Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage

Once you have settled on the idea that the days of drinking pale green tinted beer until you lose vision in your right eye and wake up with a bloody nose are probably behind you, the biggest remaining component of a St. Patrick’s Day celebration is the food. This year, we tackled a traditional corned… 

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