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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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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Hacienda Pancho Villa

Hacienda Pancho Villa

As we sat munching on a basket of piping hot corn tortilla chips, still shimmering from the oil bath they had received only moments before, we tried to figure out exactly why sitting in one of the booths in the back of the restaurant felt exactly like being in Mexico. Hacienda Pancho Villa doesn’t go… 

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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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