• Nibbles: Holiday cookies, roasted vegetables and a look inside American’s Test Kitchen

    Nibbles: Holiday cookies, roasted vegetables and a look inside American’s Test Kitchen

    Sweet stroll Dozens of parishioners have been baking full bore for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth’s sixth holiday cookie walk on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at 121 Bucksport Road in Ellsworth. Cookies of all stripes, celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah or the winter solstice, will be on offer. Gluten-free sweets will be

  • Primed and ready

    Primed and ready

    ELLSWORTH — For years, Ryan Bates purchased food from a local farm. When that farm shut down, it left him with an important question. “I wanted to know where my food came from,” he said. To answer that question, he got directly involved, starting Acadia Provisions in December of 2017. The store carries a wide

  • Thanks for the leftovers

    Thanks for the leftovers

    We’re enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday in Ithaca, N.Y., visiting with our daughter Emily and son-in-law Kent. It’s a break from the clan tradition of feasting at my mother’s family homestead in Norway, Maine. No 25-pound turkey, mounds of mashed potatoes, squash casserole, Robin’s buttermilk rolls and Aunt Jen’s pies. Instead of the assorted collection of

  • For your well-being!

    For your well-being!

    ELLSWORTH — It was an unseasonably bitter day in November, with a soft gray sky, threatening snow and red-nosed residents hustling to and from their cars, collars drawn high. But inside Steamy Buddha Cafe & Yoga Studio on Church Street, one could be forgiven for mistaking it for a morning in Mumbai: on one side

  • History under a crust

    History under a crust

    By Merry Post Special to The Ellsworth American Reformers in 19th-century New England tried to improve the lives of women through legislation: to obtain voting rights for women, to liberalize divorce and custody laws, to guarantee women control of their own property, and to improve the conditions of factory work. Early feminist Melusina Fay Peirce

  • Nibbles: Apples, healthy soups and medicinal mushrooms

    Nibbles: Apples, healthy soups and medicinal mushrooms

    Finding rare apples Fedco Trees expert and Maine heirloom apple authority John Bunker will speak about his 407-page book “Apples and the Art of Detection: Tracking Down, Identifying and Preserving Rare Apples” (2019, $30) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Blue Hill Public Library. Co-hosted with Blue Hill Books, Bunker will sign books

  • Preserve bounty of autumn fruit in chutneys

    Preserve bounty of autumn fruit in chutneys

    Looking for something new, exciting and festive for your family’s Thanksgiving dinner? How about chutney? A spiced fruit condiment whose origin food historians have traced back to 500 BC in India, chutneys were an early form of food preservation adopted by the Romans. The sauces later travelled to the British Empire, where the Brits added

  • Blueberries for all

    Blueberries for all

    ELLSWORTH — The sweetest things grow naturally from the earth. Case in point: Maine’s wild blueberries. “For me, blueberries just scream summer,” said author, photographer and Boston Globe columnist Sally Pasley Vargas. Down East Books recently released Vargas’s latest book, “The Blueberry Cookbook,” which is packed with over 50 recipes, baking tips and lush photos