Food

  • See ya pizza, this dough is for calzones

    See ya pizza, this dough is for calzones

    Since the “hurricane storm,” calzones, a stuffed, half-moon shaped pie, have become a regular menu item in our house. The dough, really just pizza dough, can be purchased at most markets in the frozen food section. The fillings, things like savory sausages, ground meats, spicy robust sauces, cheeses and fresh chopped veggies, are easily adapted

  • Against medical advice

    Against medical advice

    Today’s topic is tick removal. Should you discover one of these malevolent little suckers on a valuable body part, you are instructed by the Department of Public Health to use fine-tipped tweezers to remove it. “Gently pull the tick straight out until it lets go of your skin. Put the tick in a jar or

  • Take comfort in healing, aromatic teas as winter nears

    Take comfort in healing, aromatic teas as winter nears

    ELLSWORTH — Bone-chilling winds and sneezing co-workers can make this a difficult time of year to feel good and stay healthy. “There’s this seasonal shift,” said Sarah O’Neil, a Southwest Harbor herbalist and health coach who does business as Simple Wellness Now. “People become a little nervy. They start getting sick. It’s a great time

  • Nibbles: Gingerbread, harvest festival and a “fruit explorer”

    Nibbles: Gingerbread, harvest festival and a “fruit explorer”

    Home sweet home Union’s Sweetgrass Winery & Distillery will award $500 to the winner of its Holiday Gingerbread House Competition. The deadline to enter is Nov. 30. The public will vote for their favorite contest entrée at the distillery’s annual open house from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 9-10. Gingerbread houses will

  • In praise of parsley

    In praise of parsley

    In the 1989 film “The Fabulous Baker Boys,” Michelle Pfeiffer’s character is trying to demonstrate the utter banality of the song “Feelings.” “It’s like parsley,” she says, holding up a sprig from her plate. “Take it away and no one would know the difference.” That’s certainly the common view of parsley — a frilly tuft

  • The magnificent seven

    The magnificent seven

    What is it with the number 7? Is it really lucky? Is it just naturally popular? Does it ignite some primal affinity? We don’t know. All we know is that there are seven dwarfs and seven samurai. And seven sacraments (non-Catholics should skip to the next item). And don’t forget the Seven Wonders of the

  • Homemade sausages are worth the effort

    Homemade sausages are worth the effort

    By Merry Post “If you like to know what you are eating, have your sausage meat prepared at home or by someone whom you can trust.” This ominous quotation from “Mrs. Lincoln’s Boston Cook Book of 1883” reflects the realities of 19th century meat processing, before uniform standards or federal grading of meat. The reason

  • Nibbles: Indoor market, wine wisdom and butternut squash

    Nibbles: Indoor market, wine wisdom and butternut squash

    Moving indoors The Ellsworth Farmers Market still boasts plenty of fresh produce, but it will be indoors  starting Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Ellsworth (121 Bucksport Road). Happy Town Farm’s Paul Volckhausen reports tomatoes, peppers, salad mix, lettuce, kale, carrots, broccoli, spinach, eggplant, winter squashes and

  • Calling all readers to share holiday recipes

    Calling all readers to share holiday recipes

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth American invites you to share a favorite Thanksgiving recipe and write a few lines about what makes this dish or drink delicious and special to you. Recipes can be for any part of the meal from drinks and appetizers to entrees, side dishes and desserts. The final deadline for submissions is