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February 29, 2012

Maple Glazed Salmon

Jennifer Locklin of the Jennifer Cooks blog has a killer recipe for your next salmon meal. The salmon roasts in 10 minutes under the broiler, and the flavors of the maple-hoisin-mustard-cayenne pepper glaze will surely have you adding this recipe as a regular meal to your home dining list. And salmon is oh-so-good for you! Best when made with Maine Maple Syrup, of course.

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maple glazed salmon

Recipe and image by Jennifer Locklin of the Jennifer Cooks blog.

February 28, 2012

Cheesy Bread Bowls – Perfect for Soup

Debbie Peck of the Ciao from Debbie blog has a wonderful recipe for you to make these delicious cheese bread bowls to use as edible soup bowls. Make a batch of them, then freeze them for later use…perhaps with one of Debbie’s other recipes…like her Italian Bean Soup recipe, or her White Chicken Chili recipe.

Click on the image below to get this recipe with step-by-step instructions.

BeanSoupSpoon

Recipe and image by Debbie Peck of the Ciao from Debbie blog

February 27, 2012

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Much touted as the official Maine State dessert, the Whoopie Pie can be found just about anywhere in Maine that you seek them. But this recipe is a special twist on the traditional one, using red velvet cake mix to give it a festive red color and flavor.

You can make these Red Velvet Whoopie Pies at home in 35 minutes, with a prep time of 25 minutes and cook time of 10 minutes. Click on the image below to get the recipe.

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
Recipe and image by Stacey Little of The Southern Bite blog

February 26, 2012

Julia Child’s Caesar Salad

Mention the name Julia Childs, and everyone starts thinking about making a delicious meal. Ursula Ayrout of the Jane Spice blog loves the way Julia made a Caesar Salad, and shares Julia’s recipe with us on her blog. As Ursula says (and we certainly agree), “A simple, perfect recipe from a master.”

Julia Child Caesar
Recipe and image courtesy of Ursula Ayrout of the Jane Spice Recipes blog

February 25, 2012

Peanut Butter Brownies

These brownies will melt in your mouth. Light and buttery, moist and not too sweet, and they taste even better than they look!

Click on the image below to get the recipe.

peanut-butter-brownies

Recipe and image from My Gourmet Connection blog

February 24, 2012

Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder with Fennel and Orange

Let the oven do the work for this delicious recipe, perfect for a winter weekend meal. Click the image below to get this recipe, from Cooking with Shelburne Farms by Melissa Pasanen and Rick Gencarelli.

pork-shoulder-fennel-orange

Recipe and image from Leite’s Culinaria blog

February 23, 2012

Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Easy, healthy, and delicious, this recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe is perfect for a weekday meal. The combined flavors of chipotle, orange, cilantro, and worcestershire work together to create an unforgettable flavor to this meal.

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chipotlechickentacos

Recipe and image by Mel of Mel’s Kitchen Cafe blog

February 22, 2012

Easy Crockpot Pulled Pork

Crockpot recipes are always fun to make. There’s nothing like coming home to the wonderful aromas of the meal that has been slow-cooking for you all day.

Jamie of the My Baking Addiction blog has this recipe for pulled pork that will be good-to-go when you’re ready to feast on some pulled pork sandwiches.

Click on the image below to get this recipe on Jamie’s blog.

CrockpotPulledPork

Image and recipe by Jamie of My Baking Addiction

February 21, 2012

Scallop Ravioli with Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

Light and delicate, this recipe is always best when made with local scallops (Maine scallops are in season, and are the sweetest).

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scallop-ravioli-sun-dried-tomato-sauce

Recipe and image from My Gourmet Connection

February 20, 2012

Black Beans & Rice with Chicken and Apple Salsa

Sara Wells and Kate Jones started their Our Best Bites blog in 2008, and is now loaded with delicious recipes. Sara and Kate are also authors of the cookbook, Best Bites: Mormon Moms in the Kitchen.

If you’re looking for an affordable and healthy meal, look no further. Add sweet and salty and delicious to the list.

Click on the image below to get the recipe for this healthy and affordable meal.

Beans-and-Rice-with-Apple-SalsaRecipe and image by Sara Wells and Kate Jones of the Our Best Bites blog.

February 19, 2012

Hearts of Palm and Avocado Salad

Kalyn Denny of Kalyn’s Kitchen and Slow Cooker from Scratch food blogs has this wonderful and healthy recipe, perfect for a Meatless Monday…or any other time you want a delicious vegan dish. Dressed with fresh-squeezed lime juice, chopped fresh cilantro, and thinly sliced green onions, this will be a favorite salad that you will want to make time and time again. Click on the image below to visit Kalyn’s blog to get the recipe and see her instructional photographs

heart-palm-avocado-cilantro-salad

Recipe and photograph by Kalyn Denny of Kalyn’s Kitchen blog

February 18, 2012

Bacon Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwich

An easy to make sandwich recipe from Kevin Lynch of the Closet Cooking blog (about cooking in a closet-sized kitchen). Kevin likes to search for, create, and photograph tasty new recipes, and like this gem of a sandwich recipe, shares them with us on his blog.

Click the image below to view this recipe on Kevin’s blog.

Bacon Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwich 500 1953

Recipe and image by Kevin Lynch of the Closet Cooking blog

February 17, 2012

Homemade Chicken Soup

Ok, I admit: this recipe isn’t “Top Secret”. The only secret is that it’s HOMEMADE (i.e. not from a can). Never underestimate the power of homemade chicken soup when your family is sick: The fresh vegetables, the high-quality chicken stock, the loads of garlic & a few dashes of some special “secret” spices combine to make a time-tested, tried-and-true way to get your family back on track during cold season. TIP: Try doubling or tripling this recipe and freeze half of it so you can pull it out when, inevitably, the kids give that nasty cold to You.

Chicken Noodle Soup

image: health.com

Homemade Chicken Soup
lunchbunch.com

1 brown onion, halved and sliced
1 cup baby carrots, roughly chopped (TIME SAVER! Why peel whole carrots?)
2 stalks celery, chopped
LOTS and LOTS of Garlic. Seriously, as much as you can handle. Minced.
4 cups high-quality chicken stock. Do NOT use bouillon. Try Swanson’s Boxed Stock.
1 14-ounce can low-sodium vegetable broth
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 dash ground cumin
1 dash ground cayenne
1 Tablespoon olive oil
Sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper, to taste

In a large stock pot, add olive oil and sauté onions, carrots and celery. Salt lightly. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, cook 1 minute more. Pour in chicken and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Crush dried spices in hand and add to pot. Add a dash of cumin and a dash of cayenne (this will add just enough kick to help open up the sinuses), simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Taste. Add sea salt and black pepper if desired. Notice there’s no actual chicken in the recipe? That’s because the benefits are in the broth. But if you want to add some chicken for hearty texture, feel free to add some now.

Tip! Kids love chicken noodle soup. If you want to add pasta, one good trick is to buy a fun shaped pasta like wagon wheels or spirals. Buy whole-wheat or Barilla’s high-protein variety if you think your kids will eat it. Cook the pasta directly in the soup. Doing so will help the pasta absorb all that wonderful, healthy broth, so even if they only pick out the pasta, they’ll get some of the benefits too. Don’t be surprised however, if your soup becomes a little murky from the starch.

February 16, 2012

Marinated Grilled Shrimp

Today marks the final day of Maine Shrimp season, and we’re all shedding tears. While there will be plenty of these little critters available (both fresh or frozen) in the days ahead, now is the time to chow down on one of Maine’s finest seafood treats.

This Marinated Grilled Shrimp recipe from Jamie of My Baking Addiction is easy to make. With this incredibly mild February weather we are having in Maine, it is a perfect time to fire up the outdoor grill (or an indoor grill, if you’re lucky enough to have one), marinate the shrimp, invite some friends over, and grill up a few pounds of these sweet shrimp for dinner.

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Marinated Shrimp

Image and recipe by Jamie of the My Baking Addiction blog

February 15, 2012

Scallion-Lime Shrimp Cakes

Lynne Webb and Erika Pitera of the My Gourmet Collection recipe blog have a recipe that we can use to take advantage of the abundance of Maine Shrimp right now, at such an affordable price. The flavors of this recipe, lime – scallions – cilantro, blend extremely well together while maintaining their individual character, and some sweet Thai chili sauce for dipping makes this a perfect recipe for an appetizer or for a main course. Click on the image below to visit their blog and view this recipe.

scallion-lime-shrimp-cakes

Recipe and photo from the My Gourmet Collection recipe blog

February 14, 2012

Moroccan Swordfish-Couscous Cakes

Donato Fortebraccio is the author of My Godfather’s Italian Fish Tales. He has just completed 100 Swordfish recipes in his new cookbook, soon to be released. See his books at Harbor Fish Market in Portland, Maine.

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Moroccan Swordfish-Couscous Cakes
Donato Fortebraccio

1 pound swordfish, skinless, poached and flaked
2 cups of couscous, cooked
1 large egg
1 cup of plain yogurt
1/2 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup of fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1 lemon, zested
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, ground
1/4 cup capers, rinsed and chopped
1 medium white onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup of flavored bread crumbs
1/2 cup of cooked potatoes, mashed

Using a large mixing bowl, add the above and mix well. Using floured hands, shape the mixture firmly into patties. Dip the patties in flour and bread crumbs. It is important to refrigerate the patties for 1 hour. Remove and fry in a large deep skillet with the olive oil.

Cook at least 3 minutes on each side or until lightly brown. After draining patties on paper towels, serve with a dollop of yogurt on top.

You should have a dozen patties to serve 6 people as a side dish.

February 13, 2012

Chocolate and Vanilla Linzer Hearts

Patricia of the ButterYum blog has a perfect recipe for a Linzer-like heart cookie for Valentine’s Day. Click on the image below to get Patricia’s recipe and enjoy her photographs of the preparation process.Yum is right!

Choc-Van Linzer Hearts
Photo and recipe by Patricia of the ButterYum blog

February 12, 2012

Valentine’s Day Red Velvet Crepes

Red Velvet Crepes with Raspberry and Sweet Cream Cheese Filling…a beautiful and delicious way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the one you love. Click on the image below to visit the TidyMom blog and view Cheryl Sousan’s recipe, along with her gorgeous photography.

Red-Velvet-Crepes
Recipe and photo of Red Velvet Crepes by Cheryl of the TidyMom blog

February 10, 2012

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

This recipe for Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps is a wonderful appetizer wrapped in a low-carb lettuce solution and rich in flavors. Sautéed ground chicken thighs, shiitake mushrooms and water chestnuts seasoned with Asian spices are served in a crispy cold lettuce leaf with a spicy hoisin dipping sauce. Gina Homolka of the Skinnytaste blog shows you how to make it with her photographs and recipe. Click on the image below to get the recipe.

Chicken-Lettuce-Wraps

Photo and recipe by Gina Homolka of the Skinnytaste blog

February 9, 2012

Zucchini Oven Fries Step-By-Step

Debbie Peck’s blog, Ciao from Debbie!, features a full range of delicious recipes along with beautiful photography by her husband, Larry Peck. This step-by-step photo-documented recipe is for delicious Parmesan-coated Zucchini oven fries that are such a great excuse to add a good-for-you vegetable to your meal. Your family and guests will love this side dish.

Click on the image below to get the recipe and see the step-by-step instructions.

ZucchiniOvenFries

Zucchini Oven Fries photo by Larry Peck, recipe by Debbie Peck of Ciao from Debbie!