Food

  • Tender morsels with a spicy twist

    Tender morsels with a spicy twist

    One of the delights of working in the food business is the wide variety of folks you meet; dedicated farmers, steadfast fishers, enthusiastic foragers and adventuresome eaters. When I had a restaurant and catering company in Bangor, one of the most memorable meals I cooked was a dinner for the Physicians for Social Responsibility hosted

  • Faith, hope and clarity

    Faith, hope and clarity

    In his upbeat assessment of everything, “It’s Better Than it Looks,” author Gregg Easterbrook charts the four basic types of knowing. One type of knowing is certainty: The sun is 93 million miles from Earth. Another is faith: The Patriots will win the Super Bowl in 2019. A third is opinion: “Gone with the Wind”

  • Ukrainian cuisine focus of cooking classes

    Ukrainian cuisine focus of cooking classes

    BUCKSPORT — Aza Jerome Vasylyk was not going to let her students sit idle at their first class. Vasylyk, who was raised in Ukraine but now lives in Bucksport, expertly guided hands as they attempted to copy her delicate butter cream roses. “You understand!” she said encouragingly April 4 at the first in a five-part

  • Nibbles: Fruit, fungi and family fun

    Nibbles: Fruit, fungi and family fun

    Fruit for thought C.J. Walke, manager of College of the Atlantic’s Peggy Rockefeller Farms in Bar Harbor, will show how to propagate and reproduce your favorite fruit tree varieties from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, on the COA campus. Participants will graft trees to take home and plant. Care for the

  • Those things for which we would kill

    Those things for which we would kill

    The two leading incentives for getting in the best shape of your life are the Olympic trials and your 50th high school reunion. On our calendar, June 9 has a circle around it. Why? Here’s an important hint: The Olympic trials are not scheduled for that date. It is the date of our marital partner’s

  • Nibbles: Fruit toppers, beer and sourdough

    Nibbles: Fruit toppers, beer and sourdough

    Top this! Famed artist William Wegman, who divides his time between New York and Rangeley, and his Weimaraner Topper collaborated and created a limited-edition of “Topper, 2015” to support the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardener Association’s capital campaign. The 10 prints each cost $8,000 (plus shipping and handling) and are signed and numbered by Wegman.

  • Wild about warm mushroom salad

    Wild about warm mushroom salad

    A recent field trip down the western side on Penobscot Bay to Portland convinced me that although the weather outside has been frightful, the longer days of spring mean more Maine-produced food. Chickens and ducks are laying, hoop houses are filled with tender greens and tomato seedlings, goats are kidding, cows are calving, cheese is

  • Try to remember

    Try to remember

    The news last month that Harvey Schmidt had died sent us down one of the sweeter byways off Memory Lane. Mr. Schmidt, 88, and his pal Tom Jones wrote the world’s longest-running musical, “The Fantasticks.” It opened in 1960 at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in Greenwich Village and ran for 17,162 performances. You’ve seen it,

  • Many preferences woven into a homey cook’s kitchen

    Many preferences woven into a homey cook’s kitchen

    SEDGWICK — A cookbook author needs an efficient, brightly lighted kitchen in which to test recipes and prepare meals. Brooke Dojny, whose cookbooks include “Lobster!,” “Chowderland” and “New England Home Cooking,” just to name a few, remodeled her Sedgwick home’s kitchen with help from Brooksville designer Peggy Wanamaker. The airy kitchen overlooks the Benjamin River.

  • Nibbles: Beer, pie and sourdough

    Nibbles: Beer, pie and sourdough

    On tap MJ Smith will lead a tour of eastern Maine’s growing number of breweries, from Ellsworth’s Fogtown Brewing Co. and Bar Harbor’s Atlantic Brewing to Geaghan’s in Brewer, at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays through June. The outings, including tastings, are offered through Downeast Senior College in Ellsworth. To sign up, call 667-3897, email learn.maine.edu/ellsworth.