Beef and Ale Stew with Buttermilk Scallion Dumplings

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In other parts of the country, the hopeful are posting photos of crocuses and fledgling blossoms. In Midcoast Maine we’ve seen snow every day this week. Casual, sideways swirling, winter’s ending but not yet snow. It has not accumulated on the ground; the melt is on and frozen earth turns up with mud. The in-between… 

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Jamaican Chicken Stew

Jamaican Chicken Stew

Have you heard the news? It’s a hurricane out there. Sandy has arrived on the Eastern Seaboard with all the accompanying media frenzy, battery buying, and stocking up on water, wine and whiskey. A superwindy “Frankenstorm,” with gusts and floods and outages, has officially made landfall. You know what that means. Storm food and horror… 

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Moroccan Stew

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It’s a shame, but I’ve never been to Morocco. I don’t even know what real Morocco looks like; when not being photographed for tourists or by half dreaming expatriates, what is left of everyday life, I wonder. It has become an idealized, exoticized locale in the Western mind that captures the imagination of young people bored by… 

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Beef Stew with Chipotle, Bleu Cheese and Green Onions

Beef Stew with Chipotle and Bleu Cheese

March will make you crazy, if you let it. Here in Maine, like much of the country, we experienced delicious if unusual high temperatures last week. It felt like Spring was upon us. We stripped off our heavy sweaters and hats and gloves and scarves and parkas and boots and wool socks and let our bare… 

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Classics: Yankee Pot Roast

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Learning how to make pot roast is one of the more satisfying culinary endeavors you can undertake. There’s something immensely reassuring about taking big, cheap, tough cuts of meat, and, whether through slowly smoking or in this case, through braising, turning them into the moistest, most flavorful, most tender roasts ever to fall apart under… 

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Chicken Stew

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It happened like this. We exchanged a heap of really neat but sort of unnecessary gifts from William Sonoma for one big, badass Dune-colored Le Creuset dutch oven. I remembered a Basque chicken stew I made years ago and started searching around the internet for something like it. I discovered that the always-pleasing Simply Recipes… 

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Basque Lamb Soup

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Isn’t it a beautiful day in Portland, Maine? Wow, full-on autumnal spectacular. What’s the only thing to make a sunny day brighter? Lamb stew, of course. I did my best to be faithful to this recipe, but a few modifiations were made. It went something like this when I did it: Ingredients 2.75 pounds of… 

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Our Favorite Beef Stew

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As the nights get chillier, our minds turn to thoughts of beef stew. Our favorite recipes all instruct you to dredge your beef chunks in flour first, and then pan-sear, which seals in juices AND acts as a thickener later in the cooking process. It’s hearty, satisfying, and will make your kitchen smell fantastic for… 

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