Cranberry and Ricotta Napoleon

Cranberry and Ricotta Napoleons

I miss being a kid. When I was a kid, the holidays meant running around like a banshee with my cousins, eating olives and pickles from my Grandmother’s adorable segmented dishes and sporting matching candy cane pajamas with my sister. It was magical. No worries, no pressure. Extravagant meals seemed to materialize out of thin… 

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nutella-cake

Nutella Bundt Cake

The first time I tasted Nutella, I was on a high school field trip to France. I was sixteen. We spent a week in Paris, going to the Louvre and Jim Morrison’s grave and and cafes and eating ham on buttered baguette in the Place de Vosges and drinking Volvic water and sweet Champagne, straight from… 

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Broccoli Cheese Soup Grilled Cheese

Broccoli Cheddar Soup Grilled Cheese (Homemade)

Today’s sandwich combines sauteed broccoli, onion, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and bacon on freshly-baked bread. Notes: Is there anything more comforting on all of planet Earth than a steaming hot mug of broccoli cheddar soup? And is there any better excuse for eating an entire bowl of of what amounts to little more than hot,… 

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Beef Stew with Chipotle and Bleu Cheese

Beef Stew with Chipotle, Bleu Cheese and Green Onions

March will make you crazy, if you let it. Here in Maine, like much of the country, we experienced delicious if unusual high temperatures last week. It felt like Spring was upon us. We stripped off our heavy sweaters and hats and gloves and scarves and parkas and boots and wool socks and let our bare… 

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Hoss and Mary's Tasty Grub

Hoss and Mary’s Tasty Grub

When I imagine Old Orchard Beach, the seven-mile stretch of sandy beach about eleven miles South of Portland, my mind doesn’t immediately conjure up images of exceptional dining opportunities. In the Summer, an influx of tourists from all over Maine blankets Old Orchard in acres of pale white skin, Marlboro Light smoke, airbrushed t-shirts, and… 

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sausages

Broccoli Rabe, Spicy Sausage, and Ricotta on Garlic-Rubbed Bread

If you haven’t been in Maine this week, you are missing out on magic. Whatever the cause, it has been undeniably wonderful to be warm all the through, to hear birds chirp, to watch grass turn green and trees bud and shoots come up from the earth, almost overnight. At least, that’s how it looks from… 

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Boiled Egg, Asparagus, and Pickled Onion Sandwich

Today’s Sandwich: Boiled Egg, Sauteed Asparagus, and Pickled Onion (Homemade)

Today’s sandwich combines hard boiled egg, pan-roasted asparagus, and pickled onion on a lightly-grilled French baguette. Notes: Here in Maine, we are at the tail end of a few days of record heat, which is making us crumple up our typical March menus and throw them out our newly-opened windows. Without the foot of snow… 

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Mateo's Hacienda

Mateo’s Hacienda

You can tell from the street that Mateo’s Hacienda is a tiny, hole-in-the-wall place. The restaurant features a bright orange-painted facade, with a small front window just barely large enough to contain a cartoon rendering of a gloriously stereotypical spaghetti Western Mexican, complete with black handlebar mustache, giant sombrero, and armed with bottles of hot… 

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leek-tart

Leek and Goat Cheese Pie

Home Made is a beautiful picture book filled with recipes I seldom make. Flipping through its pages makes me wish I spent a semester in Amsterdam, contemplating windmills and wooden shoes. I was drawn to an overhead shot of “long leek pie”. It seems to epitomize everything I imagine European lifestyle cooking to be. It’s… 

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