Achiote Butter Basted Turkey with Ancho Chile Gravy

13 Thanksgiving Recipes to Awe and Amaze

If food bloggers have a Superbowl, it’s Thanksgiving Day. Oh, sure: There’s the giving thanks and the cornucopias and the shoes with big brass buckles and all that. There’s also no other holiday where you are given permission (nay, encouraged), to eat as much as is physically possible, pressing well beyond the point of simple satiation… 

Read More »

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… 

Read More »

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… 

Read More »

Cuppa Cuppa Cuppa Cake

Cuppa Cuppa Cuppa Cake

Close your eyes and lean back in your seat, imagining the most decadent, sophisticated dessert you’ve ever had. Was there an artful interplay of salty and sweet? A clever use of unexpected fruit? Did the richness of the chocolate evoke the rarefied air of a Swiss slope? Come back. Now travel to another place entirely. There’s… 

Read More »

Rusty's Grocery in Topsham

Today’s Sandwich: Ham Italian (Rusty’s Grocery)

Today’s sandwich is “Ham Italian” from Rusty’s Grocery in Topsham. It combines ham, American cheese, green peppers, onions, tomatoes, pickles, and oil on a sub roll. Location: 2 Tedford Road, Topsham Price: $4.99 Notes: If it weren’t for the Pepsi-sponsored plastic sign out front, advertising “Steamed Hot Dogs and Fast Foods,” I never would have… 

Read More »

frittata

Potato and Pepper Frittata

My great-grandmother lived in a tall building in a big city not so far away. She was old. Wig-wearing old. Old country old. She didn’t own a television but always had 7-Up in the fridge. That was enough to make me like her a little, even though she was cold and spoke broken, accented English. When… 

Read More »

Warm Maine Lobster Dip

Classics: 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… 

Read More »

Breakfast Tacos con Chicarron

Breakfast Tacos con Chicharron

I‘ve had a nearly insatiable craving for habanero peppers lately. I’ve been mixing up quick-pickled habanero to ladle onto leftover pot roast nachos. I’ve been spiking my canned Chunky soup with overly-aggressive shakes of Cholula. I’ve been adding green El Yucateco in dangerous quantities to jarred salsa, and then running around the house carrying on… 

Read More »

The Cabin

The Cabin

Have you ever fallen so instantly head-over-heels in love with the way a restaurant feels, been so immediately comfortable and at home, that you find yourself willing to largely ignore whatever it is you’re eating? A Midcoast Maine institution since 1973, The Cabin is located in historic Bath, directly across the street from the windowless,… 

Read More »