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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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-bucco

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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Taquitos de Lengua

Taquitos de Lengua with Salsa Roja

Who would have expected New Haven, Connecticut to be home to one of the most exciting developing Mexican taco truck scenes we’ve ever seen? Occupying a stretch of Long Wharf Drive, which runs parallel to Interstate 95, past New Haven’s massive Brutalist-style concrete architecture, a few gas stations, and a fairly newly-minted Ikea, hardcore Mexican… 

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Warmings Market

Today’s Sandwich: Ham Italian (Warmings Market)

Today’s sandwich is the “Ham Italian” from Warmings Market in Brunswick. It combines ham, American cheese, green peppers, onions, tomatoes, pickles, black olives and oil on a sub roll. Location: 294 Maine Street, Brunswick Price: $4.75 (Large) Notes: Enter the ham Italian, one of Portland, Maine’s greatest contributions to the culinary world. On its worst… 

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macaroon

Macaroon Whoopie Pies

I had the brilliant idea to slap together two bigified macaroons with some tasty creme filling. Of course I went to the internet to see which other geniuses had come before me. Usually, I stand on the shoulders of giants. Those better angels of our nature who have the vision to combine macaroni and cheese with… 

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tomato-pie

Tomato Pie

When does a vintage recipe require revision, or reimagination, and when is it perfect as is? This is the question I asked myself as I unpacked the pie my mother-in-law made on Sunday. We had spent a gorgeous afternoon up the coast in Rockland, strolling down Main Street, popping into shops and galleries, and having… 

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kale

Polenta Fries and Kale Chips

As much as I would love for it to be the case, leggings are not, as it turns out, actually pants. The baby is three months old, it’s nearly, sort-of almost spring, and one of these days I’m going to have to clothe myself in something with a zipper. Ugh. It’s time to trade in the hamburgers and… 

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