Maine Dish

  • Mac and cheese goes upscale

    Mac and cheese goes upscale

    Our daughter Emily and son-in-law Kent are hosting their first holiday party in their new home in Dryden, N.Y. Excited to receive the invitation, I texted Emily our reply. “What do you want me to make for your party?” “Haha … maybe a cheeseball?” she shot back. Then true to her Maine roots, she replied,

  • An autumn comfort dish

    An autumn comfort dish

    I love winter squash; moist, rich and hearty, packed with vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. Native to the Americas for over 7,000 years, winter squashes and pumpkins were an unknown vegetable to the early European explorers, who mistook them for a variety of melon. Fortunately for us, squashes were adapted readily by the first New England

  • Win brownie points in your household!

    Win brownie points in your household!

    My friend Oscar Turner makes the very best brownies; thick, dense and chewy with a triple chocolate punch and packed with savory, chopped nuts. The perfect afternoon snack, and a great addition to the lunchbox, Oscar’s Brownies have no equal. When I inquired about the formula, his wife, Diana, was gracious enough to share the

  • For a tasty spread, roast eggplant

    For a tasty spread, roast eggplant

    Eggplant is such an interesting vegetable, although botanically speaking it specifically is a fruit. With deep purple, white or mottled glossy, thick skins and interesting shapes, eggplant is the staple of many vegetarian diets. Eggplants generally grow best in dependable and warm weather, and this season has produced a bumper crop of this delectable member

  • Time is ripe to roast tomatoes

    Time is ripe to roast tomatoes

    Tomatoes are a beautiful fruit. I love their bright colors; light pink, cherry red, golden orange and sunny yellow. My culinary heart skips a beat at the sight of them all decked out in their speckles and stripes. Now that the markets are bursting with ripening tomatoes, this is a good opportunity to enjoy one

  • How well do you know your Ratatouille?

    How well do you know your Ratatouille?

    Do you know Ratatouille? “Ratatouille” (ra-tuh-TOO-ee) is a delightful animated Disney film released in 2007 about a gifted French rat named Remy with highly developed senses of smell and taste who dreams of becoming a chef. Remy’s signature dish, ratatouille, saves the day in this fast moving, highly entertaining comedy about the intricacies of French

  • The pleasures of pickles

    The pleasures of pickles

    With this latest spell of hot and steamy weather, my cucumber patch is exploding. Hundreds of bright yellow blossoms decorate the prickly, green vines. All sorts of pollinators buzz from early dawn until dusk, spreading the wealth that one day will become pickles. My husband likes to scour the cucumber plants early in the morning,

  • Lobster gussied up in savory cakes

    Lobster gussied up in savory cakes

    I love a good fish cake, crab cake, even clam cake. There’s something so sensuous about biting through a crispy crust into a tender morsel infused with delicate flavor. Smear it with a good tartar sauce, aioli or ketchup; use plenty of napkins, that’s my kind of street food heaven. To hold together, these seafood

  • Moo-ve over dairy

    Moo-ve over dairy

    We Americans love our ice cream, consuming more than 900 million gallons a year. Before the advent of modern refrigeration, ice cream was a luxury reserved for special occasions. Homemade ice cream was laborious to prepare, and had to be consumed immediately with no freezer capacity available. The process relied entirely upon ice harvesting, a

  • Nothing beats a good biscuit

    Nothing beats a good biscuit

    I love a good Maine biscuit, piping hot from the oven, with a toasty brown top and feathery light middle. Spread with butter and jam, a biscuit is a hearty snack. Fry up an egg, add a piece of bacon and a slab of Cheddar, the humble biscuit becomes a breakfast sandwich. Leftover biscuits are