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  • Soupe au pistou is a garden in a bowl

    Soupe au pistou is a garden in a bowl

    In summer so many vegetables beckon from the garden it’s hard to choose, so I make soupe au pistou. Every country has its multiple-vegetable soup. In Italy you’d make minestrone. What makes this French Provencal one a treat is the last-minute addition of basil, garlic and olive oil, pounded into a paste in a mortar.

  • Artist creates clean, cutting-edge pieces

    Artist creates clean, cutting-edge pieces

    STEUBEN — Tucked off a lane, Cynthia Lech’s studio is filled with light and the leaves and berries from a small tree pressed up against the front window. The best part about her new home may be that she does not have to lug water and supplies a mile into the woods anymore. She spent

  • Ancient tool takes different forms for the job at hand

    Ancient tool takes different forms for the job at hand

    “The man who joyfully cleaves his ancestral fields with the hoe … will never be persuaded … to cleave the sea,” wrote the Roman poet Horace in his First Ode. During Horace’s time, the first century BC, forged iron hoes were numerous and varied, from heavy, mattock-like tools to the more slender sarculum, which had

  • Surry artists celebrated at landmark building

    Surry artists celebrated at landmark building

    SURRY — When the doors opened at 4 p.m. on July 31, the public strolled in, admiring the hanging baskets, bouquets of freshly picked flowers and sampling light, homemade refreshments, while they soaked up the wealth of local artists’ diverse works adorning the walls of Rural Hall. The sound of live Celtic music drifted quietly

  • Dynamic trio open new shop

    Dynamic trio open new shop

    ELLSWORTH — Trio, a colorful shop featuring upcycle fashion, contemporary jewelry and home goods and gifts, has popped up next to downtown Ellsworth’s Art Deco-style Grand theater. It joins the mix of friendly, service-oriented businesses ranging widely from a tattoo parlor and pubs to a health food market and floral/fine chocolates shop that are making

  • On the Road Review: Nissan Frontier PRO-4X

    On the Road Review: Nissan Frontier PRO-4X

    A decade ago, Ford bowed out of the compact pickup truck class in America and devoted its resources to its top-selling F-series trucks. That left Toyota’s Tacoma, the Nissan Frontier and GM’s twins — Colorado and Canyon — as the sole offerings in a class that was stagnant. The Tacoma saw modest changes during the

  • Spicy beet hummus made at home

    Spicy beet hummus made at home

    Does your family enjoy hummus, the Middle East spread or dip traditionally prepared with mashed chickpeas, lemon, garlic and sesame seeds or oil?  Our tribe has always consumed vast quantities of the addictive mixture, often on toasted pita wedges or chips, or as a dip for crunchy, garden vegetables. Food historians have multiple theories about

  • Virtual comedy “Do Not Move Stones” to debut

    Virtual comedy “Do Not Move Stones” to debut

    Editor’s Note: Portland Press Herald writer Bob Keyes wrote the following excerpted from his longer Sept. 26 story about young Maine artists who have sought refuge from the COVID-19 pandemic and produced innovative works while in their home state. To read the full story, click on the link: https://www.pressherald.com/2021/09/26/artists-sought-refuge-from-pandemic-by-returning-to-maine-and-found-opportunity/. DEER ISLE — Marvin Merritt IV