• Nibbles: Four upcoming events for foodies

    Nibbles: Four upcoming events for foodies

    Taste of home Roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, squash, turnip, boiled onions, peas, cranberry sauce, rolls and a wide selection of pies for dessert make up the menu at the First Baptist Church of Blue Hill’s Harvest Home Supper. Seatings are at 5 and 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 53 Pleasant

  • Taste of summer

    Taste of summer

    MILBRIDGE — When Ora Aselton taught the first in a series of “Harvest Table Cooking Classes” in July, the plan had been to show folks how to use an overabundance of fresh tomatoes in the garden. Trouble was there were no tomatoes. By the time warm weather had arrived in June, garden growth had already

  • In praise of cod

    In praise of cod

    One of the essential survival skills that the Pilgrims learned from Native Americans was how to fish by hand for the cod that abounded in New England waters. Cod was admirably suited for preserving by drying or salting. Preserved cod had been an important part of the European diet for hundreds of years. I learned

  • The Italian way

    The Italian way

    BAR HARBOR — Frank Pendola cooks with his soul. He has no fancy training or culinary school behind his enterprises, which include the supper club Nostrano tucked into the basement of his Town Hill home and Frankie’s BBQ at the Hollywood Casino Raceway in Bangor. But, Pendola grew up in one of the best environments

  • Nibbles: Cooking on a budget, healthy eating tips and the history of Maine’s food columnists

    Nibbles: Cooking on a budget, healthy eating tips and the history of Maine’s food columnists

    Eating well for less The Ellsworth Public Library, Maine SNAP-Ed, Healthy Acadia, and Hancock County Technical Center will jointly offer a free series of six cooking classes running Tuesday-Tuesday, Sept. 24-Oct. 29, at HCTC. This series is designed for community members who want to gain knowledge and skills to eat healthy food on a limited

  • Rascally raccoons twice raid corn patch

    Rascally raccoons twice raid corn patch

    My corn patch was truly a work of art this summer. Regal, tall stalks almost 7 feet high in a neat 10-by-12-foot patch. Five rows of 12 plants. The variety, Natural Sweet (F1), sold by Johnny’s Selected Seeds, bore at least two and sometimes three 8-inch-long, plump ears per stalk. Delighted with the potential bounty,

  • From Beirut to Bar Harbor

    From Beirut to Bar Harbor

    ELLSWORTH — Caribou is perhaps not the first place one would expect to find a Lebanese man, sporting a crisp dress shirt and tie, going door-to-door selling wares out of an old woven fishing basket on his back. But that’s exactly where one could find Joseph Sleeper in the early 1900s. “He dressed every day

  • Life’s journey

    Life’s journey

    STONINGTON — A two-star Michelin chef has opened Acadia House Provisions, a seasonal restaurant in the former Aragosta location on Main Street in Stonington. Island residents and visitors have been feasting on oysters on the half shell and tucking into “butter burgers,” lobster rolls, lobster grilled cheese and “The Acadia Dog,” prepared by Chef Ryan

  • Nibbles: Berry picking, a taste of Mexico and high tea

    Nibbles: Berry picking, a taste of Mexico and high tea

    Berry good cause At 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1, Fogtown Brewing Co. invites the public on a huckleberry-picking expedition in Frenchman Bay Conservancy’s Baker Hill Preserve reached via the Punkinville Road in Sullivan. The picked fruit will be used to make a limited edition huckleberry beer to be released at a party from 5

  • Pucker up!

    Pucker up!

    The cucumber season is at full tilt, and friends have “gifted” me more than 60 pounds of pickling cucumbers. Bright green, blocky, crunchy fruit that ranges in size from 4 to 6 inches long. The perfect type for making old-fashioned crock pickles. Of all the pickles I make, these crock pickles are my favorite because