Food

  • Congregants baking up a storm for cookie walk Saturday

    Congregants baking up a storm for cookie walk Saturday

    ELLSWORTH — It isn’t Christmas — or Hanukkah, for that matter — without cookies. To that end, the creative souls at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth have been mixing, baking and decorating dozens and dozens of cookies in anticipation of the annual cookie walk from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15. “Fifty members

  • 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,

  • Bartenders share favorite spirits to gift

    Bartenders share favorite spirits to gift

    The holidays are almost here and, when it’s time to spread some holiday cheer to family and friends, there’s often nothing more appreciated than a gift of spirits. Happily, the variety of spirits available for gifting is enormous, limited only by imagination, taste and, in truth, pocketbook. While some bottles of wine sell for hundred

  • Student chefs offer fine dining at modest cost

    Student chefs offer fine dining at modest cost

    ELLSWORTH — Brookside Restaurant may be a little out of the way, but it’s worth it, and not just for the food. Patrons of the student-run dining establishment at Hancock County Technical Center on the Boggy Brook Road not only get an affordable lunch (one recent lunch special — an 8-ounce sirloin served with roasted

  • Boiled cider is a versatile cooking ingredient

    Boiled cider is a versatile cooking ingredient

    Boiled cider pie is sometimes called Shaker cider pie. Shakers in New England and the Midwest certainly made cider pies and added boiled cider to the applesauce that they canned and sold commercially. However, this recipe came not from Shakers but from a Unitarian church group in Waterville, which published “Delectable Recipes, Tried and True”

  • 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

  • Turtle Restaurant opens to warm welcome

    Turtle Restaurant opens to warm welcome

    ELLSWORTH — “Going to ‘the Turtle?’” You hear that line among locals looking to grab a bite to eat and a beer or drink with co-workers, neighbors or friends at the Tan Turtle Tavern in Northeast Harbor. That repeated phrase might just catch on in the Hancock County seat, where year-round residents late last week