• Mixologist advises on how to set up a bar

    Mixologist advises on how to set up a bar

    ELLSWORTH — Gentlemen start muddling. The Kentucky Derby, now in its 143rd year, will be held May 6. An icy pour of bourbon and freshly muddled mint leaves, aka a mint julep, is de rigueur if you’re watching the derby. Lest you think Maine has no connection with the South’s famous horse race, it does.

  • Victims of Volstead

    Victims of Volstead

    If you thought Prohibition was tough on wine drinkers, imagine what it did to wine makers. The 13-year stretch from 1920 to 1933 just about killed the California wine industry. The Volstead Act’s ruinous disregard for a good time was especially disastrous for the Napa Valley, which had weathered the phylloxera blight of the late

  • Get your “clam eyes” on

    Get your “clam eyes” on

    Our family really enjoys dining on Maine clams; fried clams with sweet tartar sauce, clams fritters with cranberry ketchup, clam shells stuffed with cracker crumbs and clams, clam dip, clam cakes, clam chowder….you cook ’em, we’ll eat ’em. Clams are a nutritional food source, high in vitamins C and B12, iron, riboflavin and minerals copper,

  • Nibbles: Stir-fry, Bucksport buffet and wine

    Nibbles: Stir-fry, Bucksport buffet and wine

    Stir crazy Chef Helen Chen will teach folks how to stir-fry fearlessly in her “Fearless Stir-frying” class from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, at the Masonic Hall in Winter Harbor. The Winter Harbor Public Library will host the session that also will cover Asian knife skills, cooking oil for stir-frying, proper temperatures,

  • Talking the talk

    Talking the talk

    An appreciation of 2016’s wines from Bordeaux appeared in last week’s Bloomberg Pursuits. The reviewer, attempting to convey the characteristics of more than 20 vintages, swiftly ran out of adjectives, so he started making them up. The Lafite Rothschild was “dense, serious and expansive. Its long, complex, subtle flavors unroll in layers.” Guess he liked

  • Eight miles high

    Eight miles high

    Today’s question: Is it a good idea to drink wine while flying? Answer: Yes, of course, unless you are the pilot. Ordering up a couple of those mini bottles when they wheel the refreshment cart down the aisle guarantees a brief interval or mellowness in your cramped seat with the headrest that doesn’t rest your

  • Ode to garlic

    Ode to garlic

    There are many characteristics of French cuisine that I truly enjoy, and one of them is aioli. A strongly flavored garlic mayonnaise that originates from the Provence region of France, aioli is a delicious condiment for meat, fish and vegetables. The dish known as the Grand Aioli is a ritual culinary celebration of poached salt