Mini Mint Meringues

Mini Mint Meringues with Toll House Mint Chocolate Delightfulls

Can we talk for just a moment about how all of this holiday baking is going? Because it hasn’t been going well. Not, that is, until today. Jillian and I have long been envious of the absolute ruckus that our friends and family bring, when it comes to holiday baking. What started as a cost… 

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Crustless Zucchini Mini Quiches

I want to go to a cocktail party. I want to wear a small black dress and high heels. I want to stand on a veranda with a person I don’t know very well, whom I suspect I do not like. I want to mingle and make sparkling conversation. I want to drink champagne and… 

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FlatJacks Chicken Snacks

America! Presents: FlatJacks™ Chicken Snacks (Original Flavor)

It’s rare that a product stops me dead in my tracks, when I am taking my near-daily slow stroll down the frozen food aisle of our supermarket. Today, though, tucked away on the bottom shelf, in an area normally reserved for three-for-a-dollar frozen burritos, underneath the chicken nuggets and the pre-packaged buffalo wings, the bright… 

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“Eggplant Parmesan” Grilled Cheese (Homemade)

Today’s sandwich is the “eggplant parmesan” grilled cheese. It combines breaded, fried eggplant slices, tangy tomato sauce, three kinds of cheese on crusty Italian bread. Notes: It all started with a soda. An old friend gave me a liter of Foxon Park white birch, sweetened with real sugar and lightly effervescent. This small batch soft drink, which has… 

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Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Crackers

Salted Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Crackers

Jillian and I first starting taking road trips together in 1999. At first, we would take our lives in our hands, pushing the beater Toyota Corolla that her parents bought her when she was a teenager to its limits, with short 300 mile journeys from our school in New Haven to my hometown here in… 

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How to Make Pizza Dough

How to Make Pizza Dough

Pizza was sacrosanct in my family, growing up near New Haven, Connecticut. At the end of a rainy fall Saturday, looking at dinosaurs at the Yale Peabody Museum, my dad would take us to Wooster Street for scalding hot and bottom-burnt, bubbling thin crust apizza. There were other pizzas in my life, of course. School… 

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maineclassics

March Giveaway: “Maine Classics” Cookbook

This month, we are very pleased to be giving away a FREE hardcover copy of “Maine Classics: More than 150 Delicious Recipes from Down East,” by Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier. From the publisher: “Maine food is about putting on a bib and getting messy with lobster in the summer. In the winter, it’s about… 

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Moody's Diner

Moody’s Diner

Ask anyone from away about iconic Maine road food, and the conversation will turn, inevitably, to Moody’s Diner in Waldoboro. Part of the reason for the legendary diner’s fame is a simple matter of location; the plum US Route 1 location means that nearly every single tourist on their way up the coast to attend… 

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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… 

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