7 Layer DIp Burger

“Seven Layer Dip” Burgers

Here’s the thing. I’m not normally one to go for these kinds of “impossible” burgers. Y’know, the kind of cheeseburger that’s so intent on piling every single thing in the cupboard on top of a forlorn, forgotten beef patty, that the top bun stand precariously balanced atop an 18 inch sloppy pile of lettuce, tomato,… 

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FlatJacks Chicken Snacks

America! Presents: FlatJacks™ Chicken Snacks (Original Flavor)

It’s rare that a product stops me dead in my tracks, when I am taking my near-daily slow stroll down the frozen food aisle of our supermarket. Today, though, tucked away on the bottom shelf, in an area normally reserved for three-for-a-dollar frozen burritos, underneath the chicken nuggets and the pre-packaged buffalo wings, the bright… 

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eggplant-parm-grilled-cheese

“Eggplant Parmesan” Grilled Cheese (Homemade)

Today’s sandwich is the “eggplant parmesan” grilled cheese. It combines breaded, fried eggplant slices, tangy tomato sauce, three kinds of cheese on crusty Italian bread. Notes: It all started with a soda. An old friend gave me a liter of Foxon Park white birch, sweetened with real sugar and lightly effervescent. This small batch soft drink, which has… 

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Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Crackers

Salted Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Crackers

Jillian and I first starting taking road trips together in 1999. At first, we would take our lives in our hands, pushing the beater Toyota Corolla that her parents bought her when she was a teenager to its limits, with short 300 mile journeys from our school in New Haven to my hometown here in… 

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How to Make Pizza Dough

How to Make Pizza Dough

Pizza was sacrosanct in my family, growing up near New Haven, Connecticut. At the end of a rainy fall Saturday, looking at dinosaurs at the Yale Peabody Museum, my dad would take us to Wooster Street for scalding hot and bottom-burnt, bubbling thin crust apizza. There were other pizzas in my life, of course. School… 

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maineclassics

March Giveaway: “Maine Classics” Cookbook

This month, we are very pleased to be giving away a FREE hardcover copy of “Maine Classics: More than 150 Delicious Recipes from Down East,” by Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier. From the publisher: “Maine food is about putting on a bib and getting messy with lobster in the summer. In the winter, it’s about… 

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Moody's Diner

Moody’s Diner

Ask anyone from away about iconic Maine road food, and the conversation will turn, inevitably, to Moody’s Diner in Waldoboro. Part of the reason for the legendary diner’s fame is a simple matter of location; the plum US Route 1 location means that nearly every single tourist on their way up the coast to attend… 

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Duck Confit Tacos

Crispy Duck Confit Tacos with Grapefruit Plum Salsa

If duck confit, the process by which you cure duck legs in salt, then slowly poach the meat in its own fat at a low, constant temperature over the course of two days seems like total fancy French craziness, you’re right. The luxurious, centuries-old preparation for duck actually began as a method of preservation. Since… 

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McDonald's FiIet-O-Fish

A Comparison of Fast Food Fried Fish Sandwiches

In 1962, Cincinnati, Ohio-based McDonald’s franchisee Lou Groen had a problem. His local clientele was close to 90% Roman Catholic, which was causing his restaurant to founder mightily on Fridays and during Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Easter during which Roman Catholics abstain from eating meat. In those days, when your McDonald’s franchise… 

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