Food

  • Scholars concoct cocktails for surviving life’s dramas

    Scholars concoct cocktails for surviving life’s dramas

    ELLSWORTH — Shakespeare is full of plotlines both comedic and dramatic, just like IRL (in real life). Two Shakespeare scholars spent a year concocting cocktail and hors d’oeuvres recipes to match the Bard’s characters and the dramas they endured to help you survive your own. The result is “Shakespeare, Not Stirred: Cocktails for Your Everyday

  • Apple pudding a Thoreau favorite

    Apple pudding a Thoreau favorite

    Henry David Thoreau was fond of foraging on his lengthy tramps through Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. His favorite fruits were wild apples from trees randomly planted by animals or from neglected trees where the grafts had died and the root stock survived. In his natural history essay “Wild Apples,” he raves about the spicy

  • Congregants baking up a storm for cookie walk Saturday

    Congregants baking up a storm for cookie walk Saturday

    ELLSWORTH — It isn’t Christmas — or Hanukkah, for that matter — without cookies. To that end, the creative souls at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth have been mixing, baking and decorating dozens and dozens of cookies in anticipation of the annual cookie walk from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15. “Fifty members

  • Mac and cheese goes upscale

    Mac and cheese goes upscale

    Our daughter Emily and son-in-law Kent are hosting their first holiday party in their new home in Dryden, N.Y. Excited to receive the invitation, I texted Emily our reply. “What do you want me to make for your party?” “Haha … maybe a cheeseball?” she shot back. Then true to her Maine roots, she replied,

  • Bartenders share favorite spirits to gift

    Bartenders share favorite spirits to gift

    The holidays are almost here and, when it’s time to spread some holiday cheer to family and friends, there’s often nothing more appreciated than a gift of spirits. Happily, the variety of spirits available for gifting is enormous, limited only by imagination, taste and, in truth, pocketbook. While some bottles of wine sell for hundred

  • Student chefs offer fine dining at modest cost

    Student chefs offer fine dining at modest cost

    ELLSWORTH — Brookside Restaurant may be a little out of the way, but it’s worth it, and not just for the food. Patrons of the student-run dining establishment at Hancock County Technical Center on the Boggy Brook Road not only get an affordable lunch (one recent lunch special — an 8-ounce sirloin served with roasted

  • Boiled cider is a versatile cooking ingredient

    Boiled cider is a versatile cooking ingredient

    Boiled cider pie is sometimes called Shaker cider pie. Shakers in New England and the Midwest certainly made cider pies and added boiled cider to the applesauce that they canned and sold commercially. However, this recipe came not from Shakers but from a Unitarian church group in Waterville, which published “Delectable Recipes, Tried and True”