Classics: Spicy Haddock Fish Cakes

Spicy Haddock Fish Cakes

The temperature rose to nearly 60 degrees here today, which is quite unusual for early March in Maine. Then again, it’s been an unusually mild Winter all the way around, with just a few snowfalls timed perfectly to coordinate with the holidays. It certainly wasn’t the Winter of my youth, where the ground froze at… 

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Classics: Maine Lobster Dip

Warm Maine Lobster Dip

There’s something about this dish that has a delightfully 1950s vibe to it; something that makes me want to put on a ruffled apron with a pair of high heels, pop a benzedrine, and wait patiently for my husband to get home to discipline the children. What is that something? It’s cream cheese. Specifically, cream… 

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Classics: Linguine with Mussels and Clams

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A wader-wearing fisherman steps out smiling from the refrigerated barnlike structure, where haddock and other local fishes are getting sorted and processed, cleaned, scaled and filleted, to help the customer, who was me. I was charmed and happily waited in the cold sunshine for the burly guy to go inside and bag up my stuff. I made off with a pound each of steamers and mussels for… 

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Classics: Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

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The street that runs through the center of Thomaston, is one of the most picturesque main thoroughfares in any small town in Midcoast Maine. Stretching little more than one block, between multistory brick buildings dating to the 1800s, you’ll find a pizza place, a laundromat, a few real estate offices, and a cafe. There’s the… 

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Classics: French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

When I was an only child, I often was out and about with my parents and their friends. I listened to their secrets and laughter, taking mental notes. I stayed up late and drank Shirley Temples with extra cherries. I noshed on fried calamari, chicken teriyaki, potato skins and melty, salty French onion soup. I… 

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Signature Series: Lobster Roll

Signature Lobster Roll

I once read that you can tell when a recipe for a Maine lobster roll has been written by someone From Away, because it will have lots of “things” in it that aren’t lobster. An authentic lobster roll recipe shouldn’t have dill. It shouldn’t have celery. It shouldn’t have scallions. It shouldn’t have little bits… 

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Classics: Boston Baked Beans

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There’s a reason bean suppers continue to be a Saturday night staple in the white-clapboarded churches up and down the coast of Maine: these baked beans take all day to cook, are inexpensive to make, and can feed a whole family, or, in the case of weekly Summertime church fundraisers, an entire community. Combine these… 

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