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The First Day of the Rest of Our Lives

I’ve been working on something for about a month now, that’s very personal, and very important to me. It could change not just my entire life, but the lives of my whole family. And it’s high time I told you about it, because I need your help to make it work. As most of our… 

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Today’s Sandwich: Ham Italian (Colucci’s Hilltop Superette)

Today’s sandwich is the “Ham Italian” from Colucci’s Hilltop Superette. In usual Italian fashion, it combines ham, American cheese, raw onion, green peppers, tomatoes, Kalamata olives, pickles, salt, pepper, and oil on a soft hero roll. Location: 135 Congress Street Price: $4.35 (Large) Notes: Step into Colucci’s, on Congress Street at the top of Munjoy… 

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Today’s Sandwich: Cuban Chicken Panini (Panera Bread)

Today’s sandwich is the “Cuban Chicken Panini” from Panera Bread. It combines “all-natural, antibiotic-free chicken, smoked, lean ham, sweet & spicy pickle chips, Swiss, chipotle mayo & sun-dried tomato ale mustard” on focaccia. Location: 343 Gorham Road, South Portland Price: $7.95 Notes: The first thing you need to know if you have never eaten at… 

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Evolution of a Lamburger

Hot lunch used to be gross. At least, I thought so. My mom packed my lunch in a proper eighties plastic lunch box, complete with matching thermos filled with milk. Hot lunch meant grubby paper punch cards and pizza that the lunch ladies cut with a pair of scissors. I saw it with my own… 

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We Need Your Vote!

We are very honored to have been nominated in the “Food Blog” category for the 2011 “Best Of” issue of The Portland Phoenix, a local newspaper here in Portland. With a weekly circulation of about 250,000, this is a pretty big deal to us, and we’d appreciate it if you’d consider our site for your… 

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Classics: Boston Baked Beans

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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Flatbread Company

Everything you’ve read about Flatbread is true. It is earnest. It is cozy. It is delicious. Imagine the mines of Moria populated with patchouli-scented dwarves stoking the fire, crafting simple food from local ingredients, plus long lists of wine and beer. From our table near the wood-fired clay oven and all the attending cords, we… 

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Homemade Graham Crackers

The first time we made a batch of wintertime, gas-burner stovetop s’mores using our own homemade graham crackers, we realized that they are a component of the classic dessert that we had been overlooking all this time. The graham isn’t just a vehicle for transporting scorched marshmallows into your mouth; it’s a crispy, molasses-y ingredient… 

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Today’s Sandwich: “Big John” (Vespucci’s)

Today’s sandwich is the “Big John” from Vespucci’s. It combines American, Swiss, Provolone, and Mozzarella cheeses, with ham, Capicola, Genoa salami, and something called “American” salami. The sandwich is also topped with lettuce, tomato, green pepper, chopped onions, and pickles. Location: 211 Danforth Street Price: $6.35 (small 6″) Notes: There’s no reason to tiptoe around… 

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