Food

  • Nibbles: America’s Test Kitchen, winter market and gifts for foodies

    Nibbles: America’s Test Kitchen, winter market and gifts for foodies

    America’s Test Kitchen Afton Cyrus, sister of the Blue Hill Public Library’s assistant director Hannah Cyrus, works as a test cook at America’s Test Kitchen in Boston. She will talk about developing and testing recipes for the multimedia company’s new cookbooks such as “Nutritious Delicious: Turbocharge Your Favorite Recipes with 50 Everyday Superfoods” at 7

  • 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

  • Fruit of the vine

    Fruit of the vine

    Greetings from Norman, Oklahoma, birthplace of the actor James Garner and, more significantly, of our first grandchild, Jane Darling. Our recent visit to the Sooner State was rich in firsts: First grandkid, first visit to a mega-church, first experience of Pop’s Route 66 Soda Ranch (identifiable by the 66-foot soda bottle out front), first Oklahoma

  • Beals Island’s Doug Alley is enjoying sweet success

    Beals Island’s Doug Alley is enjoying sweet success

    As a teenager on Beals Island, Doug Alley earned money by baking vanilla and chocolate birthday and wedding cakes. Today, the almost 50-year-old is baking for a living. But, his cakes are custom works of art and he’s delivering them to Rosecliff, one of Newport, R.I.’s famed palatial mansions, and other tony addresses in the

  • Children’s book reveals culinary culture of kimchi

    Children’s book reveals culinary culture of kimchi

    STEUBEN — If you’re looking to buy a holiday gift for someone, but can’t decide between buying a children’s book or a cookbook, go no further than “Little Sunny Makes Kimchi with Halmi,” by Jill Lee. The book tells the story of Sunny, a young girl growing up in the United States with her younger

  • Cold comfort

    Cold comfort

    “The Cold,” as it became known in our newsroom, first struck a month ago. We transmitted our germs from desk to desk like party guests passing an hors d’oeuvres tray. Shortly, the newsroom looked like the rail yard scene in “Gone with the Wind” — strewn bodies, piteous moans. When illness strikes, we each have

  • 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

  • You probably think this song is about you

    You probably think this song is about you

    Traditionally, we bring a bright white or a dainty pinot noir to Thanksgiving dinner. But this year, blame it on the chilly mornings, we’re bringing an outspoken red — 90+ 2016 Old Vine Malbec from Argentina (Hannaford, $7.99). Besides being a wonderful bargain, this is one of those rare, robust malbecs that is both aromatic

  • “Bridgey Girls” recall Thanksgivings past over cards

    “Bridgey Girls” recall Thanksgivings past over cards

    It’s early Thanksgiving morning in the 1941. Olivia Smith Moore is in her nightdress and headed out to fetch a live turkey kept overnight on the rickety fire escape three flights up behind Moore’s Drugs in Ellsworth. She and her husband, “Bill,” and their four children live in the apartment above the Moore family business.

  • Nibbles: Cheese making, high tea and a nifty knife

    Nibbles: Cheese making, high tea and a nifty knife

    Say cheese! Tiller & Rye, the fine foods grocer at 20 South Main St. in Brewer, will host a cheese-making class from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 26. Frankfort’s Lally Broch Farm will conduct the class and provide goat’s milk for participants to make 30 ounces of feta cheese. The cost is $50