• Lemon enlivens pickled green beans

    Lemon enlivens pickled green beans

    Fussy eaters filled my home when I was a growing up. My father, Ernie, known to many in Hancock County as “the potato chip man,” grew up eating simple meals of meat and potatoes, and so that’s what my mother usually put on our table, that and the occasional tuna wiggle. Along with pork chops

  • Keeping up with the Jameses

    Keeping up with the Jameses

    In 1899, Battista Opici traveled from his home in Italy to help build the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark, N.J. When the cathedral was done, he went back home. Ciao! But he moved back to the U.S.A. in 1907 in the company of his wife and sons. One of Battista’s sons, Joseph, and his wife,

  • Nibbles: Gelato, cider and elderberries

    Nibbles: Gelato, cider and elderberries

    Something to bleat at A gelato cone and button will be awarded to each participant in Painted Pepper Farm’s Kids Fun Run at 12:30p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8, in Steuben. On Open Creamery Day, the farm will kick off the festivities with a 1K for ages 8 and under and a 2K for ages 9

  • Slap happy

    Surely you remember the snappy exchange between Sam Spade and Wilmer Cook in “The Maltese Falcon.” Wilmer, as you may recall, has pulled not one but two guns on the hard-boiled detective. But Sam just keeps on bustin’ his chops. Wilmer: “Keep on riding me and they’re gonna be picking iron out of your liver.”

  • Dew drop in

    Dew drop in

    It was not Benjamin Franklin but Daniel Defoe who first made that crack about “death and taxes” being the sole certainties. No biggie … it doesn’t really matter which one said it because they’re both wrong. For in some parts of the world, such as Downeast Maine during the month of August, there are four

  • A treat for the gods

    A treat for the gods

    In the opening chapter of “A Study in Scarlet,” Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson discuss the feasibility of becoming Baker Street roomies. Toward that end, they confess to their personality quirks. “I object to rows because my nerves are shaken,” Watson confides, “and I get up at all sorts of ungodly hours, and I am

  • Nibbles: MOFGA prints, smoothies and apples

    Nibbles: MOFGA prints, smoothies and apples

    Salad days Famed photographer William Wegman, who poses his pair of Weimaraner dogs, Flo and Topper for pictures, has donated a limited edition of 10 prints of Topper with salad greens atop his head to benefit the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. MOFGA is selling the prints for $8,000 apiece and The Partridge Challenge,