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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pantry

From Away Special Report: What’s in Our Pantry?

A well-stocked pantry means you can whip up dinner without having to leave the house, which is great on a lazy Sunday when all you’ve done is lounge on the couch and watch all three (THREE.) Indiana Jones movies and you still don’t feel like putting on pants, or when you get home from the… 

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Nashville Hot Chicken

Nashville Hot Chicken

Is the “Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich” from Wendy’s not enough to get your heart racing anymore? Have you beaten every hot Buffalo wing eating contest in town? It’s time to graduate to “Hot Chicken,” the regional fried chicken specialty from Nashville, TN. Traditionally served on a few slices of white bread, with a sliced sour… 

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Sweet Ham and Swiss Cheese Sliders

Today’s Sandwich: Sweet Ham and Swiss Cheese Sliders (Homemade)

Today’s sandwich is the “Sweet Ham and Swiss Cheese Slider.” It combines ham, Swiss cheese, sweet pickle, and mayonnaise on a butter-and-sugar-brushed soft dinner roll. Notes: I don’t think I’ve ever seen the combination of salty ham and sweet sugar embraced quite as mightily as it is in Southern Mexico. In that section of the… 

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Tomatillo Lamb Tacos

Tomatillo Lamb Tacos with Fresh Salsa Mexicana

For once, I am not basing this recipe on anything I ever ate during our time living in Mexico. For a country that can work such culinary magic with inexpensive, slow-cooked cuts of meat, I have not had a lot of experience with the region’s techniques for cooking lamb. I imagine that this dish would… 

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nutella-cake

Nutella Bundt Cake

The first time I tasted Nutella, I was on a high school field trip to France. I was sixteen. We spent a week in Paris, going to the Louvre and Jim Morrison’s grave and and cafes and eating ham on buttered baguette in the Place de Vosges and drinking Volvic water and sweet Champagne, straight from… 

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Broccoli Cheese Soup Grilled Cheese

Broccoli Cheddar Soup Grilled Cheese (Homemade)

Today’s sandwich combines sauteed broccoli, onion, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and bacon on freshly-baked bread. Notes: Is there anything more comforting on all of planet Earth than a steaming hot mug of broccoli cheddar soup? And is there any better excuse for eating an entire bowl of of what amounts to little more than hot,… 

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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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