• Nibbles: Wings, beer, and a pop-up restaurant

    Nibbles: Wings, beer, and a pop-up restaurant

    Wing it Who’s got the best wings? Dysart’s, Chili’s, Bangin’ Whoopie, Hannaford, Hollywood Casino, Holiday Inn, Husson University, Job Corps, Moe’s Original Bar B Que, Buffalo Wild Wings, Uno Pizzeria & Grill, Orono Hotels, O.T.O. Outta The Ordinary or Penobscot Valley Country Club? Cast your vote at the 2019 Wingfest Maine from 5 to 8

  • Crazy for crab cakes

    Crazy for crab cakes

    In the late 19th century, crabs were only enjoyed along the East and West coasts of the United States. Often found in the traps of lobster fishermen, these crustaceans were considered quite dangerous, as the pinchers of the two front claws could pierce the skin. And the meat was hard to access. Still is, as

  • Thinking inside the box

    Thinking inside the box

    BUCKSPORT — Like its name, The Local Variety carries a little bit of everything. For the coffee crowd, the café/retail shop serves Deer Isle-based 44 North’s Sumatra and other Blonde Pearl and other coffees. For the lunch crowd, a Cheddar BLT, Tuna Melt and Grown Up Grilled Cheese are among the wraps and sandwiches made

  • Nibbles: Fusion cooking, a farmers market, and Mexican fare

    Nibbles: Fusion cooking, a farmers market, and Mexican fare

    Maine-Far East fusion Bath cook Chris Toy, who teaches cooking at the Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School’s flagship store in York, will put his Chinese cuisine cooking skills to work in “Downeast Far East Fusion Cuisine” from 1 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 5, in a class offered through the 2019 Schoodic Arts Festival. The

  • Agents of change

    Agents of change

    The abundance of advertising in the pages of “The Green Mountain, White Ribbon Cook Book,” published in 1895 by the Vermont branch of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), shows how savvy New England women had become in raising funds for charitable causes. The ads document social history. For example, commercial powdered gelatin was an

  • Usher in season with asparagus soup

    Usher in season with asparagus soup

    Asparagus was brought to America by European settlers sometime in the 18th century. Abigail Adams, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson all learned to appreciate asparagus and grew it on their home farms. In the first American cookbook, published in 1796, Amelia Simmons calls asparagus “an excellent vegetable” and wisely cautions against overcooking it: “by over-boiling

  • A treasured cookbook

    A treasured cookbook

    When I visit my cookbook assortment seeking culinary inspiration, the nearly 100-year-old Girl Scout chant sung around the campfire, “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold,” reminds me that when it comes to practical matters in the kitchen, old friends still have a lot to offer. One of

  • Bangin’ Whoopie is coming to Ellsworth

    Bangin’ Whoopie is coming to Ellsworth

    ELLSWORTH — Come May, Ellsworth residents and passers-through will have more options when it comes to snacking on Maine’s official state treat. Bangin’ Whoopie, a Bangor-based bakery selling more than 100 flavors of whoopie pies, is coming to the Maine Grind building, said the store’s owner, James Gallagher. The company will set up shop in

  • Soothing pothole pain

    Soothing pothole pain

    SURRY — No one wants a car repair, especially one caused by Maine’s mud season special: potholes and frost heaves. However, Pugnuts Ice Cream Shop is offering a free scoop of its Frost Heave ice cream to make it all better. Just bring in a receipt for vehicular work resulting from pothole-related damage until the