Maine Dish

  • Sweet potato sandwich pops with flavor

    Sweet potato sandwich pops with flavor

    The March issue of Bon Appetit magazine features several pages that are devoted to how to build a finely crafted sandwich. It’s the architecture that makes it sing … the balance of flavors and textures. If seeing is a prelude to eating, the photographs of Green Goddess Tuna Salad, an open-faced Scandinavian smorrebrod and Fried

  • Sweet on sweet potato muffins

    Sweet on sweet potato muffins

    I have an affinity for freshly baked muffins. At the very inkling of dawn, I love to turn on the oven, assemble ingredients and mix up a batch. The kind of muffin varies, and is highly dependent upon the ingredients on hand. Frozen wild blueberries or raspberries are family favorites, along with chopped apple, pumpkin

  • Bologna’s pride: Bolognese sauce

    Bologna’s pride: Bolognese sauce

    Every cuisine has its signature sauce, and the staple of northern Italy’s Bologna is a thick, full-bodied meat sauce. Ragu, as the Bolognese call their celebrated sauce, is characterized by a mellow, gentle, comfortable flavor that marries gastronomically well with a broad noodle slightly wider than fettuccine known as tagliatelle. In her book “Essentials of

  • Culinary comfort in a bowl

    Culinary comfort in a bowl

    A whirlwind visit to Hong Kong and the rush of the holidays had me yearning for the comforts of food. It had to be soup: simple, hot, fragrant, bone-building, spicy and creamy …. a cup that restoreth the culinary soul. For a while I ate turkey stock boiled with thin slices of carrots and laced

  • Feast on sea scallops in Mornay sauce

    Feast on sea scallops in Mornay sauce

    There are dozens of delicious scallop casserole recipes, but baked scallops in Mornay sauce is a family favorite. Perfect for entertaining, this dish can be assembled as early as a day in advance, and then cooked right before serving. For an elegant supper, I like to bake and serve the casserole in individual dishes, even

  • Norway’s Crocker family still concocting plum puddings

    Norway’s Crocker family still concocting plum puddings

    Every family has its culinary Christmas traditions; the classic chocolate roll cake buche de Noel, warm and fragrant mulled wine, spiced pfeffernusse cookies, crunchy, sweet baklava and savory Swedish meatballs. Often passed down from generations, these treasured recipes are a glimpse into the traditions or cultural role that food plays in our lives. Food historians

  • See ya pizza, this dough is for calzones

    See ya pizza, this dough is for calzones

    Since the “hurricane storm,” calzones, a stuffed, half-moon shaped pie, have become a regular menu item in our house. The dough, really just pizza dough, can be purchased at most markets in the frozen food section. The fillings, things like savory sausages, ground meats, spicy robust sauces, cheeses and fresh chopped veggies, are easily adapted

  • Draw warmth from lobster corn chowder

    Draw warmth from lobster corn chowder

    There’s nothing like a driving rain and gale force winds to whet one’s appetite for a hot chowder. Just imagine the comfort of wrapping your hand around a warm mug and inhaling the earthy, steamy aroma of the broth. With your spoon, slowly savor the creamy taste on your tongue, gently chew the perfectly cooked