Nibbles: Apple crisp, blueberry ale and seasonal soups

Pass the pandowdy

In the second issue of the former Peninsula Gazette, which was launched and edited by Bernice “Bunny” Richmond in 1954, the May 4, 1954 issue’s “Cook’s Corner” column featured a recipe for apple pandowdy.

Over half a century later, the recipe might come in handy for all those apples recently picked from Johnston’s and other pick-your-own orchards. Here’s how to make it.

Into a casserole, slice five apples. Add three tablespoons of brown sugar and a quarter teaspoon of nutmeg cinnamon and salt. Bake in a moderate oven until apples are soft. Then, pour a half-inch layer of biscuit dough over the apples. Return to a hot oven and bake until done. A hard sauce or “rich milk seasoned with sugar and vanilla is good on top.”



Brewed with blueberries

Winnowing, a mix-fermentation, gluten-free blueberry ale, will be released from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at Fogtown Brewing Co. Proceeds from the ale will benefit the Downeast Salmon Federation.

The ale is made from organic blueberries from Blue Barrens Farm, a Downeast Salmon Federation land trust in Cherryfield, oat malt from Mapleton’s Maine Malt House, Gorham’s The Hop Yard, yeast from Mainiacal Yeast in Bangor as well as Fogtown’s house-cultivated wild and champagne yeasts.

Fogtown is located at 25 Pine St. in Ellsworth. For more information, call 370-0845 or visit


Power of soup

Get inspired and learn some new recipes for making vegetable-based soup from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Maine Seacoast Mission’s Weald Bethel Community Center off Route 1 in Cherryfield. Participation is free, but pre-registration is required. To sign up, call 546-7677 or visit


Warming seasonal soups

Lasagna Soup with Garlic Parmesan Bread Sticks, Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup (Tom Kha Thale), German Sausage and Cabbage Hot Pot with Soft Pretzels and Beer Cheese Dipping Sauce are the hearty soups Ellsworth chef JoAnne Wood plans to teach as part of her class “Fall Soups and Breads” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at Hancock County Technical Center.

Offered through Ellsworth Adult Education, the one-time class costs $34 per person. To sign up, call 667-9729 or visit

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