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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The SoPo

We have a few strategies we employ, on days after we’ve had a big night out, having one round too many. As soon as we can get our ears to stop ringing and get our brains stuffed back up our nostrils, the healing can begin. Sometimes, it’s a bag of Doritos. Or a bowl of… 

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History and Hardtack

In the 19th Century, sailors and soldiers had three things in common: lice, dysentary, and hardtack. The latter was a Civil War staple right up there with tin types and blockade runners. (Is it obvious that most of my historical knowledge is derived from novels and Hollywood movies based on novels?) My newfound interest in… 

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Signature Cheeseburger

Signature Series: The Cheeseburger

Since early this year, Portland food bloggers have been eating hamburgers all over town, arranging our favorites into several categories, in an effort to find the best burgers available. This month, our cooperative coverage comes to a close (though of course, it’s not going to stop us from continuing to sample every burger we find)…. 

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Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese

“Jalapeno Popper” Grilled Cheese (Homemade)

With today’s sandwich, I wanted to recreate the flavors of a jalapeno popper, that bar-food staple appetizer. In the restaurant version, jalapeno peppers are stuffed with cream cheese, battered, and deep fried. It’s a perfectly spicy, creamy accompaniment to, say, a dozen pints of beer. I felt like a direct translation of jalapeno poppers into… 

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Mexican Meatloaf

Mexican Meatloaf

Well, revelers, it’s that time of year again. Don your sombreros, harness the combined powers of lime, salt and Don Julio and say something inadvertently offensive to the Mexican in your life. Or flash your boss. Or drunk dial your grandma. It’s gonna happen. Accept it and prepare accordingly. You are going to need a… 

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icecreammaker

May Giveaway: Cuisinart ICE-21 Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt Maker

It seems like Spring is finally, ever-so-slowly creeping in here in Portland. To celebrate the return of warm weather and short pants, the return of cheeseburgers eaten on roof decks and sun-drenched boat rides around Casco Bay, the return of shirtless tweakers listening to Walkmen and lobsters steamed in outdoor cookers, we’re giving away this… 

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bananacake

Your Just Desserts

It’s not that I dislike dessert. I’m not that kind of creep. But I very rarely order it either. I am a glutton, actually. I habitually overindulge, more often than not on the front end of a meal. The bread and butter basket has no business being near me. I am all about the sauce…. 

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Light Rye Hamburger Buns

Hamburger buns are important to me. Most supermarket hamburger buns are pretty boring, and are kind of like a really thick, cottony Wonder Bread, with a brown top. They act more as a vehicle for meat, than as a vital component of a hamburger. I like a soft, slightly sweet bun that can stand up… 

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