Food

  • Cajun dishes served with contemporary twist at Thurston Company

    Cajun dishes served with contemporary twist at Thurston Company

    BLUE HILL — A little something different is on the menu at Blue Hill’s newest fine dining establishment: The Thurston Company Restaurant and Bar. Among the offerings, fried chicken with buttermilk biscuits, country gravy and coleslaw along with a dish of braised short ribs with blueberry demi glace and collard greens. “Being from [Baton Rouge]

  • Meet Ironbound’s mixologist of drinks and people

    Meet Ironbound’s mixologist of drinks and people

    HANCOCK — Ironbound Restaurant & Inn bartender Wanda Pinkham has a following. Customers reserve seats at the bar Pinkham presides over every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at the Route 1 restaurant. “We have a lot of locals that come to the bar,” said Pinkham, who is in her third season tending bar there. If

  • 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,

  • Pop-up sells blueberry toppings with a kick

    Pop-up sells blueberry toppings with a kick

    HANCOCK — Cinnamon, clove and cardamom. Curry. Lime zest. Do those sound like blueberry jams to you? “I’ve always wanted to try something a little different,” says Kate Waters, who launched the award-winning line of Bleuberet wild blueberry toppings in 2013. Last month, she opened up a pop-up retail store on the Hancock Point Road.

  • Maine beer headed to UK festival

    Maine beer headed to UK festival

    ELLSWORTH — Brewers from Airline Brewing Co. and Fogtown Brewing spent Thursday morning loading kegs of beer that will be headed to Leeds, England, for the 7th annual Leeds International Beer Festival in September. Airline and Fogtown were two of nearly 70 Maine breweries to help fill the “Maine Beer Box,” which is a corrugated

  • Celebrate summer fruit in simple tart

    Celebrate summer fruit in simple tart

    Charming summer rentals do not always have well-equipped kitchens, so it is good to know a few equipment improvisations. For example, a roasting or broiling pan flipped upside down can serve as a cookie sheet. Large cooking pots can be mixing bowls. A chilled bottle of white wine works as a rolling pin. Clothespins are

  • Arborvine celebrates local produce, seafood

    Arborvine celebrates local produce, seafood

    If you’re a regular at Arborvine, located on Main Street in Blue Hill, the Hikade family will have your favorite table prepared. They will remember if you like ice in your water, whether you prefer cocktails before the meal or if anyone in your party possesses the quirkiest of dietary restrictions. It is the kind

  • The Flowered Apron offers place to sit for a spell

    The Flowered Apron offers place to sit for a spell

    BAR HARBOR — Have you ever wanted to sit on the porch of a clapboard Mount Desert Island home, sip coffee and nibble a lemon bar or some other home-baked goodie? Now you can. Pull up a chair at The Flowered Apron, tucked down a quiet side street in Bar Harbor, where Karen Ressel serves