Mexican Street-Style Sweet Corn

Mexican Street-Style Sweet Corn

Each November, the tiny town of Xmatkuil hosts the annual Yucatan State Fair, a month-long celebration of Yucatecan culture that features bullfights, traditional dancing, woodworking and furniture artisans, livestock displays, piles of flavorful arrachera served on cafeteria-sized plastic trays, t-shirt vendors selling iron-on transfers of cockfights, and a collection of freak show-style booths beckoning visitors… 

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Welsh Rarebit Burgers

Welsh Rarebit Burger

It was kind of a peculiar summer here in Midcoast Maine. We had several stretches of less-than-perfect weather, which left us (and most of the people we know) wishing for the time to go by quickly, so we could get to the next few days of warm sun and being outdoors. Those days were so… 

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An Afternoon at Lakin’s Gorges Cheese

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As she read through our website, cheesemaker Allison Lakin, of Lakin’s Gorges Cheese, couldn’t help but notice a strange trend. Many of the times we raved about a cheese we had just tried for the first time, in favorite neighborhood restaurants like Trattoria Athena in Brunswick, or In Good Company in Rockland, or Fromviandoux in… 

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Open-Faced Toasted Mozzarella and Tomato (Homemade)

Open-Faced Mozzarella and Tomato Sandwich

When you write a blog that features lots of photographs of sandwiches, they had better be mind-blowingly inventive. There’s no room for PB&J at From Away World Headquarters; back when we had all the time in the world, it was a cinch to whip up Veal Schnitzel-wiches with Garlic Butter or burn through an afternoon… 

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Pepperoni Stromboli

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There’s a black and white photo hanging in our hallway, a family snapshot, of an anniversary party from the 1950’s. In it, my mother was a little girl in fancy dress, my grandparents smiling young parents, and my great-grandmother Anna and great-grandfather Gaetano in the center, married fifty years, stout, stern and proud. There were… 

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Ricotta and Chicken Sausage Stuffed Shells

Ricotta and Chicken Sausage Stuffed Shells

I miss my Josephine dearly. She and I were good friends, in the end, and I spoke to her on the phone many times a week. I still think to call her all the time when I’m driving, to tell her of the antics Violet and I are up to and hear her raspy old… 

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Shrimp and Grits

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New Orleans is one of those cities you feel like you know, and love, even if you’ve never been. It’s storied, romantic, mythic, Gothic, strange, and beautiful. I’ve only visited a couple of times for a couple of days. Once, for my 25th birthday, a trip we will not discuss, and once on business. And… 

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Gnudi in Sage Butter with Fresh Tomatoes

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Gnudi, pronounced “Nudee”, is a ricotta-based dumpling, a sort of ravioli in the buff. Hence, gnudi – it means naked! I clothed these fat little bastards in a sage butter sauce and at the last second added a healthy spoonful of garlicky tomato bruschetta topping that my mother-in-law made for Christmas Eve. Just what the… 

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