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… 

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7 Easy, Inexpensive Tips for Improving Your Food Photographs

When we first started taking photos of the meals we cooked or were served in restaurants, we were disappointed in the results. Taking photographs of food can be incredibly challenging, as anyone who has seen the large, picture-based menu at a Chinese restaurant can attest. Bad angles, harsh lighting, and unappealing compositions can all combine… 

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The Water at Wiley’s Corner

Malcolm first took me to Maine in 1999, or rather, I took him. We had just met and began dating, and for some reason known only to smitten children in their early twenties, we decided to drive my reliable but ridiculous Toyota Corolla from College Town, CT, all the eight hours north to his hometown… 

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Today’s Sandwich: Ham Italian (Dipietro’s Italian Sandwiches)

Today’s sandwich is the “Ham Italian” from DiPietro’s Italian Sandwiches. It combines ham, American cheese, raw diced onion, green peppers, tomatoes, Sicilian olives, pickles, salt, pepper, and oil on a soft hero roll. Location: 171 Cumberland Avenue Price: $4.25 (Large) Notes: DiPietro’s is a tiny, hole-in-the-wall Italian sandwich shop, with a long-standing family history in… 

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Restaurant Week: Vignola

Vignola beckons like a city on the hill, alluring with its light the heathen valley dwellers below. Inset among cobblestones, bathed in hanging amber, the demure dining room appears to the uninitiated as the sole source of mirth and laughter. This is how it has long seemed to me, as everything often does from outside…. 

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Chinese Restaurants in the Greater Portland Area

Since moving to the Portland area, we have begun conversations with many of the strangers we meet the same way: “So, where are you getting your Chinese food?” Almost every single time we ask, that stranger will start with a laugh, and then slowly shake her head, eyes closed. Portland, while it may be many… 

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The Future of Friday Night Dinners

We had a lot to eat this weekend. And most of it was gross. There’s no need to get into the details of where and what, but I will attempt to convey how we ended up eating below mediocre dinners on both Friday and Saturday nights, which led me to contrive a scathingly brilliant idea…. 

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Hamburgers: Five Fifty-Five (Fine Dining Burgers)

For this month’s hamburger wrapup, Portland food bloggers tackled restaurants from the “Fine Dining” category of local eateries. It was a category I looked forward to with mixed expectations; while you can almost always count on having a burger that has been cooked with care at a “Fine Dining” restaurant, there is also the potential… 

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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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