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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sausages

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-tart

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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Wild Oats Bakery & Cafe

Today’s Sandwich: Turkey BLT (Wild Oats Bakery & Cafe)

Today’s sandwich is the “Turkey BLT” from the Wild Oats Bakery & Cafe in Brunswick. It combines smoked turkey, cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and mayonnaise on fresh-baked potato bread. Location: 149 Maine Street, Brunswick Price: $6.95 Notes: Located in the picturesque Tontine Mall in Brunswick, next to a shop that seems to exclusively sell… 

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sweet-potato-burrito

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos

After the brunchtime porkapalooza we experienced on Sunday, you’d think a weeklong moratorium on meat wouldn’t be unwelcome. Halfway through this delightful, nutrient-packed burrito, we both agreed a little pulled pork would be exquisite, tucked cozily between sweet potatoes and savory black beans. Not that I mind rocking a vegetarian burrito for dinner, on occasion…. 

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