“Feel free to order eggs with abandon”, encourages the Quill’s End Farm weekly e-mail. “You need a dozen duck eggs”, declares my friend Captain Joe. “The girls at Undercliff Farm are laying now,” boasts Ruthie.
It’s time to enjoy the red cabbage in my root cellar that has survived the winter. The last few bright purple heads are starting to slime and turn black with mold around the edges. Not
My latest culinary research project has been working with goat cheese. Also known as “chevre”, the French word for goat, this cheese is usually soft and spreadable, with a delightfully tart flavor. Although goat cheese
We have a surplus of beets in the root cellar; beautiful, bright yellow flesh beets, round, red, smooth, deep red roots, and candy-caned striped Chioggia beets. Although there are small leaves starting to sprout on
I have a soft spot in my heart and on my palate for anything grown in the county; I eat Aroostook potatoes daily. For baking, nothing beats the hearty flavors of Aroostook grains: wheat, oats
While many of us here in New England associate corned beef and cabbage with Ireland, I was interested to learn that this popular St. Patrick’s Day meal actually has its roots in America. Traditionally prepared
Onion Soup or in French, soupe l’oignon, has a storied history. References for the soup date back to the Romans, and it was originally considered fare for the poor, as onions were plentiful; easy to
I love snow days, they are the perfect excuse to hibernate and cook. The simple process of coaxing fragrant aromas and delicious flavors from simple ingredients while the world around you is quietly transformed with
If chocolate is on your menu for Valentine’s Day, then the recipe for Chocolate Almond Brownies is a winner. This not-too-sweet, rich and dense treat is delicious as a bar by itself, and elegant when
Even though our favorite team did not make it to the Super Bowl, we’ll still all be gathering around the television to watch the big game. In the past 50 years, the Super Bowl has
I love doughnuts. They are my culinary downfall. Not available in pink and orange boxes, my doughnuts are warm and sugary on the outside with an interior texture that literally melts away in your mouth.
The leeks in my root cellar are holding up remarkably, considering the fluctuations of outside temperatures this winter. As a root storage vegetable, leeks like it quite cold, 32 degrees F., up to 40 degrees
This recipe yields a moderately spicy batch. For less heat, omit the jalapeno peppers. To add more heat and flavor, use cumin and ancho chili powder. YIELD: 300 servings or more
Of all the root cellar vegetables, cabbage has a long and varied history. It was an important food during the Dark Ages, and by the Middle Ages, abundant in both peasant and wealthy cuisines. For
A tasty jar of Wild Blueberry Fruit Sauce in your refrigerator is a dessert waiting to happen!
We Mainers love our pickles. This tasty slaw is sweet and tangy.
The glossy photo of a plate of herbed chickpeas topped with a crispy, golden-yolk fried egg in the January issue of Bon Appetit magazine caught my eye. My winter cooking always needs a jolt of
Every December, just for fun, I enjoy surfing the web, perusing food magazines and reading industry publications for the trends that food pundits predict that we consumers will be eating in the New Year. Living
In my book, the turnip is an underappreciated and underutilized vegetable. I’m always on the scout for tasty recipes that encourage folks to try the nutritious and delicious turnip. This hardy root grows in a
I made this tasty dish as we were finishing up packaging the last of this season scallops for the freezer. The skies were grey and cold, and it was spitting snow. But inside, as I
Now that the Maine scallop season is here, we’re enjoying our fill of these luscious bi-valves. Fresh scallops will keep for several days in the refrigerator, and they freeze extremely well. We like to package
My daughter Emily called me seeking recipes for easy entertaining. Her partner Kent makes handcrafted beers and “when friends stop by the apartment for a sample of our latest brew, I’d like to serve something
For special holiday entertaining, my family really enjoys Chocolate Pear Tart. This classic tart is an elegant and delicious dessert. Not too sweet, with layers of rich flavor, Chocolate Pear Tart also makes a good
Now that the festivities from the big turkey day are over, all that is left is to finish the dishes and enjoy the “encores”. What family doesn’t love hot turkey sandwiches with mashed potato smothered