Food

  • Nibbles: Bloody Mary contest on tap

    Nibbles: Bloody Mary contest on tap

    Bloody battle Bartenders will concoct their favored version of Americans’ popular brunch drink and hangover helper at the Hemophilia Alliance of Maine’s inaugural “Bangor’s Best Bloody Mary” contest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor. Registration is free for competitors, who will be assigned a

  • Edible Island has a new director

    Edible Island has a new director

    STONINGTON — Edible Island Culinary and Ecological Center, the nonprofit organization that stages the annual “Men Who Cook” dinner and numerous cooking classes and culinary and nutrition education programs for school-age children on Deer Isle, has an interim executive director. Oriana Wuerth, who counts grant-writing and organization building among her skills, has assumed Edible Island’s

  • No more for us. We’re good

    No more for us. We’re good

    In Greece, it’s considered impolite to let your party guest stand around with a nearly empty glass. A proper host circulates with a carafe of retsina, pouring to the mid-line so that you don’t have too little or too much. Moderation. The Greeks invented it. Once or twice, we even tried it. Meh. But we’re

  • Remembering Admiral Dewey and U.S.S. Maine

    Remembering Admiral Dewey and U.S.S. Maine

    Every April, I like to think of a frugal recipe to mitigate the financial pain of Tax Day. The following economical recipe is a blond version of onion soup that has ties to the Spanish-American War. If you ask most Americans what they know about the Spanish-American War, some will know that we should “remember

  • Nibbles: Parsnips, fruit trees and farmers markets

    Nibbles: Parsnips, fruit trees and farmers markets

    Gnarly beauties Gardeners who left parsnips in the ground to overwinter have a sweet reward to unearth. The first frost converts their starch to sugar. Parsnips’ sweetness and flavor grow the longer they are in the ground. The following is an adapted recipe from the Old Farmer’s Almanac.   Glazed Orange-Scented Parsnips Peel and cut

  • 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