• Raise a forkful of sponge cake

    Raise a forkful of sponge cake

    George Washington would have been surprised to know that his name became associated with cherry pie. We have Parson Weems to thank for the cherry tree-chopping fable. Weems’ much-mythologized biography was published in 1800, just a year after Washington’s death. The dessert, which was associated with George Washington in the 19th century, called Washington pie,

  • Grandma’s nicknames rile mom

    Grandma’s nicknames rile mom

    Hi, Carolyn: My mother-in-law, “Linda,” has been calling my daughter Tootsie as a nickname since the day she was born. I have no idea where this nickname came from but it drives me crazy. I have asked her to call her by her given name so she is not confused as she grows older and

  • 86 This! restaurant launches supper club

    86 This! restaurant launches supper club

    ELLSWORTH — Seven years after opening its first location in downtown Ellsworth 86 This! is mixing it up. Starting on Sunday, Feb. 25, the casual restaurant will begin offering a more formal option — a prix-fixe, four-course supper club. Called Supper Sessions, the club will be held every five to six weeks. Diners will be

  • My boyfriend wears ladies’ lingerie

    My boyfriend wears ladies’ lingerie

    Dear Carolyn: My boyfriend is a very athletic, CrossFit, off-road-biking, jock kind of guy. He also sometimes likes to wear ladies’ lingerie, which is completely fine with me. The other day he was wearing a satiny bra under a T-shirt and a friend of ours happened to see the strap. The friend is kind of

  • Bologna’s pride: Bolognese sauce

    Bologna’s pride: Bolognese sauce

    Every cuisine has its signature sauce, and the staple of northern Italy’s Bologna is a thick, full-bodied meat sauce. Ragu, as the Bolognese call their celebrated sauce, is characterized by a mellow, gentle, comfortable flavor that marries gastronomically well with a broad noodle slightly wider than fettuccine known as tagliatelle. In her book “Essentials of

  • Sargent-Cummings


    Susan and William Sargent of Trenton are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Colleen Sargent, to Benjamin Cummings, son of Roberta Kearney and husband, Chris, of Bar Harbor, and Russell Cummings and wife, Debbie, of Bar Harbor. Sargent is a 2013 graduate of Mount Desert Island High School. She graduated from the University

  • New Surry Theatre to stage romantic comedy

    New Surry Theatre to stage romantic comedy

    BLUE HILL — Join New Surry Theatre starting next week for a celebration of love with John Patrick Shanley’s quirky romantic comedy “Outside Mullingar,” opening at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at the Blue Hill Town Hall Theater. Directed by Rebecca Poole, “Outside Mullingar” is set in Ireland and was a Tony Award nominee for