Food

  • 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

  • Councilor reclaimed his health and seeks to help others

    Councilor reclaimed his health and seeks to help others

    ELLSWORTH — When it comes to describing his plant-based lifestyle, Marc Blanchette tends to speak in sound bites. “If it was grown on a plant, have at it. If it was made in a manufacturing plant, don’t eat it.” “You can’t out-exercise a bad diet.” “If it has a mother or a face, don’t eat

  • Election Day pie sale in Bar Harbor

    BAR HARBOR — An Election Day pie sale is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the YWCA Mount Desert Island. The sale will feature homemade pies baked by YWCA volunteers. Show your “I Voted” sticker and receive a free mini pie (about 3 inches across). Proceeds will benefit the YWCA MDI’s

  • Appledore House’s half-moon pies easy to make

    Appledore House’s half-moon pies easy to make

    Celia Thaxter grew up on tiny White Island in the Isles of Shoals, where her father, Thomas Laighton, was the lighthouse keeper in the 19th century. On those isolated, rock-bound isles, off the Maine and New Hampshire coasts, young Celia learned to observe natural phenomena closely and to make up stories to amuse herself and

  • British-born chef carries on family’s culinary tradition

    British-born chef carries on family’s culinary tradition

    ELLSWORTH — Baking is in her blood. The “her” is JoAnne Wood of Ellsworth, a California Culinary Academy graduate, who recently moved to the Downeast region from southern Maine. Wood has begun teaching culinary classes for the Ellsworth Adult Education program this fall. Previously, she spent over 10 years teaching culinary skills to southern Mainers

  • Nibbles: Wine, pig and beer

    Nibbles: Wine, pig and beer

    Bravo, BSO! Conductor Lucas Richman and violinist Chloe Trevor will perform, fine wines sampled and an elegant dinner served up on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Bangor Arts Exchange to toast the Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s 100th anniversary of its incorporation in 1918. Bangor Wine and Cheese Co. will kick off the celebration at 6 p.m.

  • Win brownie points in your household!

    Win brownie points in your household!

    My friend Oscar Turner makes the very best brownies; thick, dense and chewy with a triple chocolate punch and packed with savory, chopped nuts. The perfect afternoon snack, and a great addition to the lunchbox, Oscar’s Brownies have no equal. When I inquired about the formula, his wife, Diana, was gracious enough to share the

  • Shalom Orchard Organic Farm produces fruity, mellow wines

    Shalom Orchard Organic Farm produces fruity, mellow wines

    FRANKLIN — Jim Baranski wants you to forget what you know about fruit wines. “Most people think of fruit wines as being sweet dessert wines,” he said, pouring a glug of flaxen liquid for a visitor on a recent rainy afternoon. “We like to make drier dinner wines,” he continued. “Ideally I’d like the wine

  • Nibbles: Spicy vegetarian, cranberries and turkey

    Nibbles: Spicy vegetarian, cranberries and turkey

    Spice up vegetarian Mahan Deva Singh Khalsa, who helped spearhead Bar Harbor’s Open Table Community Dinners, will show how to use various spices to prepare nourishing vegetarian dishes, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center in Ellsworth. Admission is free. Singh Khalsa, who learned