Rosemary Pork and Shallot Apple Puffs

Rosemary Pork and Shallot Apple Puffs

I remember sitting on the floor of her bathroom, watching my mother unpack the pink compacts of Mary Kay cosmetics. I loved the way she wet the brush and applied a smoky blue shadow to her eyelids. She had a midnight hued dress, calf length with shoulder pads, cinched at the waist with a wide black belt and sensible… 

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Crispy Shrimp Tacos

Crispy Fried Shrimp Tacos with Ancho Chile Tartar Sauce

This recipe is a bit of a bastardization of a food that I already associate more with California than I do with Mexico. Instead of using a flaky fried fish, as you would in a Baja-style fish taco, I substituted in golden fried shrimp, battered in a dark beer batter that puffs up super light… 

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J's Oyster

Only The Lonely: J’s Valentine

Alone, again. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and you’ve destroyed another fledgling relationship with your neediness, your jealousy, your poor judgement and lack of underpants during a night of drinking with his coworkers, or your unnerving penchant for dressing up your dog in period costumes. You suck. In another scenario, that childish bastard has cheated on… 

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Superbowl Snack Roundup

Superbowl XLVI Snack Roundup

This weekend, let’s honor Sunday for what many of us know it really is: A day to wear sheepskin slippers all day, to drink beer out of a plastic helmet beginning at 10 A.M., to place inappropriately large wagers on the always hotly-contested outcome of Puppy Bowl VIII, to watch just a token amount of… 

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Sea Dog Brewing Company

Sea Dog Brewing Company

First and foremost, the Topsham outpost of the Sea Dog Brewing Company may be one of the most beautiful pubs of its kind that I have ever set foot in. It’s certainly one of the most scenic chain restaurants. Located in the historic Pejepscot Mill building with a seasonal deck overhanging the rushing Androscoggin River, the… 

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Brown Ale and Cheddar Soup

Brown Ale and Cheddar Soup

Okay, so it’s possible that this isn’t the kind of meal you eat before you do anything too strenuous, like run headlong into a burning schoolhouse to save dozens of screaming orphans. It’s probably not the kind of thing you want to have for dinner the night before your first day in basic training for… 

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good-maine-food

February Giveaway: “Good Maine Food”

This month, we’re doing things a little differently. On March 1st, one lucky winner from the ranks of our Pinterest page will be selected as the winner of “Good Maine Food: Ancient and Modern New England Food & Drink. This book, featuring recipes originally published in the 1930s, is an ode to the history of… 

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chicken-pie

Cozy Chicken Pie

There’s no getting around it. It’s February in Maine. Cold, bleak, and slushy. We desperately need comfort foods like cozy chicken pie. This recipe is sort of a hybrid. It is neither a shepherd’s pie nor a pot pie – neither, or, is it both? I hope you like it. Definitely use chicken thighs and… 

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Elevation Burger South Portland Maine

Elevation Burger

Here’s an interesting thought experiment for you to try: Imagine what it would be like to try and create a new fast food restaurant, from scratch. You have to try and block all of the familiar imagery that comes to mind when you picture a fast food restaurant, which basically consist of the various branding… 

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