These girls.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Each year, we set aside a little time apart from cooking, eating, and mixing cocktails in order to give thanks for all of the blessings in our lives. Here they are, in no particular order: Malcolm: Madagascar Vanilla Almond Kind bars. McDonald’s cheeseburgers. Breakfast with just the girls on Tuesday mornings. Bull Moose Records. All… 

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Sloppy Joe

Classics: Sloppy Joe

Is there a more quintessentially American food than the Sloppy Joe? Okay, so the sandwich, a slurry of beef, onion, and sweet tomato sauce, isn’t exactly the darling of the gourmet food world. Maybe it’s because of that whole “Manwich” association from the 1980s, the canned Sloppy Joe sauce that removed most of the “cooking”… 

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Mae's Cafe and Bakery

Mae’s Cafe and Bakery

We found ourselves at Mae’s Cafe and Bakery on a recent rainy day at noon – the ideal time to take advantage of both the extensive breakfast and lunch menus. We sat in a cozy window seat at this adorable Bath eatery and enjoyed bottomless mugs of coffee while we watched the rain. The dining room is… 

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Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich from Libby's Market

Today’s Sandwich: Chicken Fried Steak (Libby’s Market)

Today’s sandwich is the “Chicken Fried Steak.” It combines a breaded, fried beef patty with lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese, and mayonnaise on a roll. Notes: Located in Brunswick, Libby’s may just be the ideal small Maine corner store, come to life. A small, modular building with plenty of charm, its continued existence likely depends entirely… 

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Poutine Grilled Cheese

Poutine Grilled Cheese (Homemade)

Today’s sandwich is the “Poutine Grilled Cheese” It combines french fries and cheddar cheese curds on oatmeal bread, with a side of pork gravy. Notes: As you start to peel off the layers of clothing you’ve been wearing all Winter, exposing pale, pasty flesh to the sun for the first time in months, you may… 

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Veal Osso Buco

Osso Buco is all about the marrow. To paraphrase Thoreau, “…live deep and suck out all the marrow of life,…” The name refers to the hole of the bone, which is where the essence lies. Be certain to take some sort of implement to extract the good stuff and smear it on the polenta or… 

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Sumthin' Fishy

Sumthin’ Fishy

In a parking lot off Route 201, between the Napa Auto Parts and the entrance to Tri-Sports, a tarplike plastic tent is erected every April and dismantled in the Fall. It’s one of the ways to tell it’s springtime in Topsham, the opening of Sumthin’ Fishy. When we moved here, at the tail end of last… 

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Taquitos de Lengua

Taquitos de Lengua with Salsa Roja

Who would have expected New Haven, Connecticut to be home to one of the most exciting developing Mexican taco truck scenes we’ve ever seen? Occupying a stretch of Long Wharf Drive, which runs parallel to Interstate 95, past New Haven’s massive Brutalist-style concrete architecture, a few gas stations, and a fairly newly-minted Ikea, hardcore Mexican… 

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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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