Grilled Pork Chops with Zingy Antipasto Relish (PLUS MEZZETTA GIVEAWAY!)

This is it. The solstice is this weekend. Summer is finally here. Driving home through the green roads with the windows open, we smell flowers and fresh cut grass and memories come flooding back. Everything is leafy green and beautiful. This is the time you look forward to when your toes are always frozen in the deep… 

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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 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

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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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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Homemade American Cheese

How to Make American Cheese

As our regular readers know, I’ll go to my grave defending processed, pasteurized American cheese. I understand your objections to this position. I’ve heard all of the arguments. It’s bland. It’s lowbrow. Heck, it’s not even technically cheese, but more of a sciency slurry of milk, whey, milkfat, artificial flavorings and oil, dyed orange and… 

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Banana Applesauce Muffins

I’ve already had four of these muffins today. I don’t know if it’s me – because I’m ravenous all the time – or because these muffins are wonderful. You probably have all the ingredients on hand. Borrow an egg from a neighbor if you’re out. Does anyone do that anymore? It’s such a quaint custom. Mash… 

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Moroccan Stew

It’s a shame, but I’ve never been to Morocco. I don’t even know what real Morocco looks like; when not being photographed for tourists or by half dreaming expatriates, what is left of everyday life, I wonder. It has become an idealized, exoticized locale in the Western mind that captures the imagination of young people bored by… 

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How to Make Deviled Ham

Classics: Deviled Ham

Before we even get started, I realize that I’ve already lost some of you. Some, or maybe even most of you, read the title of this post, and moved right along to your next stop on the Internet, for sweeter websites filled with 100% more Thin Mint-and-Nutella-filled cupcakes and at least 50% less ground up… 

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