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December 31, 2008

Maine Events Calendar: January 2009

Wishing our readers a Happy and Healthy 2009! Below is a list of some special events going on in Maine for the first month of 2009.

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Maple Mustard Pork Tenderloin

As we wind up 2008, we all know that "the day of reckoning" is coming and that reckoning is about health, weight, and New Year's resolutions. I have never made one that I kept, so I'll skip that part, but I do know that the scales await me so it is the time to think about light (and easy) meals.

Pork is still a wonderful winter choice. The price is right, it is low in fat, and it can be made very tasty. The following recipe is a bit sweet, a bit tart and, best of all, it is very easy to prepare.

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December 30, 2008

New Year’s Cookies

Wait, cookies for New Years? I don’t know anyone who bakes cookies just for New Year’s Day but if it were two hundred years ago, quite a few of us would be busy baking up cookies, small cakes, other treats for all the company that would stop by on New Year’s Day. Of course, all this hospitality was pretty much confined to the fashionably prosperous in Colonial and Federal urban centers. Still, were it not for New Year cookies there might not be Christmas cookies, at least in New England.

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December 29, 2008

Dyke Hendrickson’s Exploring Maine

Like most people, we tend to appreciate a pat on the back along the
way in life. We here at MF&L would like to thank Dyke Hendrickson
and his blog (at the Main Today website) for helping to create an awareness of our publication as he has this year! Dyke understands what we're about, and has been generous in letting his readers know about us.

back at you, Dyke! We continue to enjoy your articles about this great
state! We'd like to take this opportunity to send our readers back your way. We all seem to have a common interest…

Happy Holidays!

From the staff at Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine.

The Craft of Gifting

One of my favorite gifts this year came from my dear friend and former college roommate, Jen. We've remained loyal friends through the years despite the fact that we rarely see each other. Our friendship has kept vital mainly through the lively letters we've shared over the years. Every letter and email we exchange is a gift in itself.

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December 28, 2008

Maine’s Best Burger: The Owls Head General Store

In the undeniably quaint center of Owls Head is a spot of hometown Maine nostalgia. The Owls Head General Store is the town’s focus, where locals meet, fishermen come in for a bite to eat, and fame is discreet. That is, until recently. Now the beloved little Maine store is about to get some big-time, national recognition. We couldn’t be more pleased.

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December 27, 2008

Fire, Community, and Flamingoes

I was in Nevada, dining out with my son Evan when I got the call. Café Miranda was on fire.

Receiving our dinner the night we learned of the fire back home, we pondered the fate of the café with such questions as 'Had 15 years been a good enough run?' Evan and I looked at each other and conceived a comeback strategy.

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December 24, 2008

Holiday Wishes from the MF&L Staff


From the staff at Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine.

December 23, 2008

NBC Today Show: Arrow’s Restaurant: Maine Holiday Dinner – GO FISH!

Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier, owners/chefs of Arrows Restaurant in Ogunquit, were recent guests on NBC's "Today Show" (the segment follows a brief commercial), suggesting a holiday meal with a decidedly Maine twist: Plank Roasted Cod with Burnt Orange Sauce. While they commented that they were still without power back home in Maine (for six days), they were happy to be in New York sharing some holiday cheer. In case you missed it, here is the recipe. It sounds divine.

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Carrot Cake: An “Out of this World” Recipe

Ray K’s Carrot Cake Recipe (Courtesy of Michael Jubinsky)

This recipe makes the best carrot cake that I’ve ever had. At one time I did some consulting for a “space agency” (that will remain nameless) and this recipe came from a real rocket scientist at Cape Kennedy. Last year I made cupcakes and they were a resounding hit.

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December 21, 2008

Shrimp Jambalaya

I'm seeing the signs everywhere. Maine shrimp is back! My first batch with no doubt be one of my favorites-simply boiled, peeled, and eaten plain. They are so sweet they don't need any added flavors. The purist in me loves them this way. But I'm also in the mood for hearty meals these days that are easy to prepare. I came across this one courtesy of The Bristol Inn in New Harbor. I know what I'm having for dinner tonight, do you?

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December 20, 2008

Unearthing the Past, Nourishing the Future

I really enjoyed David Buchanan's article "Farming Comes to a Neighborhood Near You- Mapping the Boyd Street Urban Farm." It reminded me of a project my family and I undertook a couple years ago, and got me to thinking about what I could do with the new plot of land we'd recovered.

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December 19, 2008

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Onion au Gratin

Prime rib is always on the menu for one of the holiday meals in our house, and the half a beast (grass fed, organic) that I'll be roasting for a New Year's Eve dinner party is on order with Jeremy, our butcher extraordinaire, at Radley's Market in Old Orchard Beach.

Sweet, creamy onions have a definite affinity with hearty, robust beef and this melt-in-your-mouth gratin will be on the menu for our last feast in 2008.

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December 18, 2008

Andrew Zimmern’s Christmas Gifts

Ok, so these gifts weren't actually sent to me as personal Christmas gifts from the star of Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods." They were presents for spreading the word in the food world about the awesomeness of his show. But, I can still admit the gesture to be a lovely token of esteem.

And then I opened the package…

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December 17, 2008

Michael Jubinsky’s Mushroom Pirozhki

Delicious things are happening up in Lyman, Maine, at Stone Turtle Baking and Cooking School. Michael and Sandy Jubinsky just passed along a warm and tasty turnover recipe, which we are pleased to be passing along to you.

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December 16, 2008

A Taste of it All – Celebrating The Mood of Food

There are books on food, books of poetry, books of musings, philosophical books on memories, art, and the meaning of families ties. And then there are cookbooks. And usually the twain never meet. I recently discovered a compact book full of lofty ambitions, delicious recipes, and family memories with a hearty and tender blend of poetry and food as it moves in and out of the seasons. A Taste of it All – Celebrating The Mood of Food, written by northern Maine native Georgia Manzo Joachim, is published by Thyme & Moss Publishing in Millinocket.

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Maine Cooking Classes: A Cure for the Winter Blues

Winter is here, and what better way to warm up than indoors by the
fire (or stove)? Maybe by honing your culinary skills with a cooking
class or two. In our latest issue of Maine Food and Lifestyle magazine, we have some resources available for you to help cure those winter blues.

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December 14, 2008

Tollhouse Cookies for the Holidays

Everyone’s childhood favorite and quite possibly a cultural icon: the classic tollhouse chocolate chip cookie.

This was the first recipe I ever made with my mother and thenta da!the first recipe that I could manage alone. The smell of these cookies baking evokes so many happy times gone by. Neighborhood "best girl friends" joined in the fun. My wonderful mom not only let us take over the kitchen but let us add holiday colored sprinkles and those marginally edible silver dragées that were so popular back then. Gilding the lily to be sure!

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December 13, 2008

Spare Ribs

We ate spareribs for supper the other night. I suppose many people did. After all, spare ribs are easy to find in the meat section of the stores these days. Our spareribs, however, were from one of the pigs we raised this year which we butchered this week.

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December 12, 2008

Our new Secretary of Agriculture

President-Elect Obama has not announced his choice yet, so there is still time to make our voices heard. Please join those who are urging him to appoint a Secretary of Agriculture who cares more about small farmers than industrialized food production. 

Read about why the development of a sustainable food system in America is so important, then sign a petition at and join others in the local food movement who understand how important US agriculture policy is to the health of all of us.

Merrill Williams is the publisher of Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine.