Kennebunkport, Maine: A Sweet Spot for (Food) Lovers

by Maggie Battista
Kennebunkport, Maine: A Spot for Lovers, Eaters and Anyone, Really

When people ask me about Maine, I tell them that my now husband and I took our first summer vacation there more than 10 years ago. We fell in love somewhere between the rustic shack on the sea and the smoked mussels on our plates, mussels that were beyond everything, salty, meaty and light in

In Maggie’s Kitchen: Seafood Fra Diavolo, Slow-Roasted Salmon, Cookbook News and It’s Almost Valentine’s Day

by Maggie Battista
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Hello friends, I just returned from a weekend away and, naturally, I have a few things to share because… it’s Monday! Spice It Up: I fell in love, again, with Maine and most certainly in love, again, with fra diavolo sauce. I don’t know why it’s evaded my cooking repertoire this long but, oh yes,

Salt Water Farm Cafe

by Shelby Larsson
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Ever since I moved up to the (literally) greener pastures of the northeast (from Texas), I have longed to visit Maine. Everything I hear sounds positively magical: rocky beaches, farmer’s markets, and the ever-present salty breeze. Shelby’s adventures have transformed my little wish into a raging desire, and now I know where I’ll be eating

Summer Appetizer Plate with Honey

by Jill Chen
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Today, we officially welcome the first day of summer (hooray!).  According to the trusted Old Farmer’s Almanac, summer begins at 7:09 p.m. (EST) today. To celebrate the summer solstice, Jill has crafted a stunning summer appetizer plate where each morsel is drizzled or dipped or accented by some local honey we love.  Honey. Summer. Chic

7 Food Wishes for 2012

by Maggie Battista
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Food trend posts are ubiquitous this time of year, oui? I’ve seen every magazine, blogger and television personality attempt to predict what 2012 will bring. Trend posts tend to tire me but I do see value in wishes. And food wishes – an expression for what we hope will happen in food – are never

Blueberry White Sangria

by Shelby Larsson
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When I first heard about Maine Distilleries earlier this year, I was mostly interested in their source for potatoes. Unusual, yes, but I noticed that they used potatoes from Fryeburg, the pretty, quiet town next to where my family owns a cottage in Western Maine. Anytime I see any of these little-known towns mentioned in

Blueberry Bread Pudding Recipe

by Shelby Larsson
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I’ve got a thing for Maine blueberries. I know I’m not the only one. All year long, I try hard to avoid the berries that show up suspiciously at the market out of season. By the time June hits, I sometimes can’t help myself and will buy a few pints of cultivated blueberries from New

Perfect Pancakes

by Shelby Larsson
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Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery. I am lucky enough to have spent a great deal of time in the lakes region of the great state of Maine in my life. However, the ease and familiarity of having a family cabin in Western Maine sometimes makes it difficult for me to go

Ebenezer’s Pub, Maine

by Shelby Larsson
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Over the river and through the woods, you might just find the country’s best beer bar. Tucked away in the outskirts of tiny Lovell, Maine, Ebenezer’s Pub is a cozy, unassuming spot that features some of Belgium’s finest brews. ‘Bezer’s, as my dad calls it, is located (relatively) close to the town in Maine where

Food Films Series

by Maggie Battista
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Rabelais Books in Portland, Maine is co-hosting a delicious Winter/Spring film series this February, March and April. Each evening features a foodie-centric film along with a meal inspired by that film. Attendees will mingle with other film fans as well as the featured chef, which always feels very special to us. The very first event

Rabelais Books in Portland, Maine

by Maggie Battista
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Last weekend, I visited Portland, Maine for the annual Harvest on the Harbor Festival. This post is not about the festival as it was kind of a big let-down. (I drove up hoping to mingle and taste with Maine artisans and chefs, as I had done last year, but the rain brought out thousands of

Sow’s Ear Winery, Brooksville, Maine

by Maggie Battista
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I’m drinking wine in my chilly Boston-area home tonight, but dreaming of my afternoon at The Sow’s Ear Winery. I’m guzzling, err, sipping a very nice Tempranillo with a noisy Gordon Ramsey in the background beating up on those young chefs, including Boston’s Tremont 647’s Andy Husbands, but I’m wishing it was a bright and

Barncastle, Blue Hill, Maine

by Maggie Battista
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What do you get when you cross a barn with a castle? Apparently, a pretty great pizza joint. While snoring away the hours up in Maine a few weeks ago, we got hungry. We were over lobster, craving a more earthier, starchier menu. Good, local friends, the type of friends who were part of the

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