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July 30, 2013

Lobster Festival Cooking Contest 2013

One of the main events of the 66th Annual Maine Lobster Festival is happening this Friday, August 2. The Maine Lobster Festival Seafood Cooking Contest begins at 9am in the North Entertainment Tent on the festival grounds in Harbor Park, Rockland. Judging will begin at 11:30 a.m., with prizes announced and awarded around 12:30 p.m.

Due to some oversight, this event was not published in the supplement sent out this year in the Free Press or The Courier Publication. So we want to be sure this wonderful contest gets all the publicity it deserves! Information about the Cooking Contest is available on the Maine Lobster Festival website.

Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine is always a big supporter of this great event, posting all the contestants’  bios, recipes, and photos here on our Plating Up blog as well as on our Facebook page. See our link for past years’ coverage HERE.

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First prize is $200, second prize is $175, and third prize is $150. The contest audience will have the opportunity to sample the prepared recipes in the cooking area and pick up the contestants’ recipes after the awards are presented. It is truly a fun gathering, showcasing wonderful amateur food talent from all over the country cooking up amazing dishes using Maine seafood.

Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine is always a big supporter of this great event, posting all the contestants’  bios, recipes, and photos here on our blog as well as on our Facebook page. See our link for past years’ coverage HERE.

We hope to see you at this year’s Seafood Cooking Contest!

July 22, 2013

Potato Salad with Lemon, Dill, and Smoked Salmon

Summer gatherings are made special occasions when everyone shares their favorite side dishes. Potato salad is always expected to make an appearance. Instead of the usual, why not make yours a bit outstanding with this recipe for Potato Salad with Lemon, Dill, and Smoked Salmon? Surely a crowd pleaser!

For a link to the recipe for Potato Salad with Lemon, Dill, and Smoked Salmon, click on the image below.

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image and recipe from culinate.com

July 18, 2013

Fiesta Rice Salad

“This zesty rice salad, chock full of brown rice, black beans and veggies, could easily be a main dish, or served alongside your favorite grilled foods.”—Alison Needham, family.go.com

For a link to the recipe for Fiesta Rice Salad, click on the image below.

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image and recipe from family.go.com

July 16, 2013

Grilled Maine Lobster Tails with Miso Butter

“This modern recipe twist features grilled lobster with miso butter. Miso brings salty umami notes to the sweet, succulent lobster.” —cookinglight.com

For the complete recipe for Grilled Maine Lobster Tails with Miso Butter, click on the image below.

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image and recipe from cookinglight.com

July 15, 2013

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup with Lime and Basil

This refreshing, chilled summer soup comes to us from Aimee of simplebites.net. For a link to the recipe for Chilled Cantaloupe Soup with Lime and Basil as well as some other great ideas for chilled soups, click on the image below.

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image and recipe from simplebites.net

July 12, 2013

Curried Quinoa Salad

Here is another delightful summer salad recipe. This Curried Quinoa Salad is bursting with wonderful flavor, texture, and health benefits! For a link to the recipe, click on the image below.

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recipe and image from fitness.com

July 11, 2013

Cuban Grilled Corn

Nothing says summer like corn on the cob. Here is a wonderful grilled variation of this favorite summer vegetable. For a link to this Cuban Grilled Corn recipe, click on the image below.

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image and recipe from rachaelraymag.com

July 10, 2013

Grilled Fish Tacos with Chipotle-Lime Dressing

Fish tacos, a longtime favorite on the West Coast, have made their way slowly eastward. This recipe calls for tilapia, but another great local favorite we recommend is haddock. Delicious!

For a link to this recipe for Grilled Fish Tacos with Chipotle-Lime Dressing, click on the image below.

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image and recipe from allrecipes.com

July 8, 2013

Garden Pea Potato Salad

One of the sweetest gifts of the garden and a traditional part of an early July celebration meal, fresh peas herald the arrival of full blown summer eating.

Arriving at the local markets at pretty much the same time as Japanese beetles on my roses, and the traffic congestion on Rt 1, it’s hard to beat the wonderful taste of garden peas.

Because they are so labor intensive to shell out, I use them as a visual and flavor accent in side salads. I especially love them in a salad of local new potatoes, simply dressed with mayonnaise, salt, pepper, onion, and celery. Pile a few pea tendrils on top and you’ve got something special and “of the moment!”

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photo by Laura Cabot

Laura’s Garden Potato Salad with Peas
Laura Cabot, Laura Cabot Catering, Waldoboro

2 pounds new red potatoes, scrubbed
A few celery stalks, chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
2 cups of fresh peas, shelled but raw
1 teaspoon of garden dill, chopped
Salt, fresh pepper, olive oil, good mustard and mayo, pea tendrils for garnish

Cook the potatoes in boiling, salted water until just done. Drain and let cool.

Dice, then toss with a bit of olive oil, season with salt and pepper.

Add celery, onion, dill and peas along with mustard and mayo to taste. Toss well.

Pile on a tangle of pea tendrils for a whimsical look. Great warm or cold. Pairs well with anything off the grill!

Serves 6.

July 7, 2013

Mozzarella and Arugula Salad with Croutons and Black Olives

Enjoy this simple arugula salad, which showcases sublime, delicious, fresh mozzarella. For a link to the recipe featured in The Oprah Magazine, click on the image below.

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image by Lara Robby, recipe courtesy of delish.com


July 5, 2013

Chambord Granita

Refreshing, summery granitas sound good right about now. With our high humidity and hot temps here in the Northeast, here is a recipe to help cool off. For the link to this Chambord Granita recipe from cookinglight.com, click on the image below.

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image and recipe from cookinglight.com

July 3, 2013

Happy 4th of July

The Staff at Maine Food & Lifestyle wishes you and yours a Happy and Safe 4th of July!

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photo by Melanie Hyatt

July 2, 2013

Grilled Peach BBQ Chicken Wings

Make your barbecue a special one with the addition of this recipe for Grilled Peach BBQ Chicken Wings, from tasteofhome.com

For full details, click on the image below!

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image and recipe by tasteofhome.com

July 1, 2013

Bacon Swiss Burgers with Tomato and Avocado

The 4th of July is upon us once again. Time for barbecuing and get-togethers with family and friends. Here is a burger recipe that will be a favorite with all your guests. For directions on how to make this Bacon Swiss Burger with Tomato and Avocado, click on the image below.

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Photo By: Ben Fink, recipe courtesy of epicurious.com