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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How to Make Queso Blanco

I know three things about Mexican cheese: When they say Manchego, it’s not what you think. This is processed, white melting cheese like a plastic Jack or salty Kraft. It has nothing to do with sheep or Spain, but it makes a damn fine quesadilla. Oaxaca is fun to pronounce. Whah-ha-ka! It’s wound in a… 

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March Giveaway: The Essential New York Times Cookbook

This month, we’re going to change things up a bit, and give away a cookbook that isn’t strictly “New England.” We’ve seen this $40 dollar hardcover behemoth, “The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century” in bookstores, and been coveting it wildly, and we bet you have, too. At nearly 1,000… 

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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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