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December 20, 2011

Holiday Subscripton Offer 2011

What’s the perfect gift for… the foodie on your list? The relative or friend who is currently a Mainer in exile, longing for a taste of their home state? The person who has everything? Yourself?


It’s not too late to order the gift of Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine, a gift that will continue giving all year long with great recipes, local chef profiles, in-depth articles, and stunning photography.

Give the gift of Maine’s original food magazine, and make someone smile this holiday season. We’ll send the recipient a gift letter stating this gift is from you. Subscribe today for yourself or someone special on your holiday list!

Happy Holidays to you and those you love!

Melanie Hyatt & Jim Bazin

August 13, 2011

Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show 2011

Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine has done it again! Congratulations goes out to them for another outstanding show! The weather is cooperating nicely, and there is much to see and do at Rockland’s Harbor Park this weekend.

BoatsOnLand_0074Lots of boats on land to look at.

Get down to the show and enjoy book signings and films, the 9th Annual World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials going on Sunday, August 14th beginning around 10 am, the 75th Birthday of Penobscot Marine Museum and Maine Windjammer Fleet, Wine Tastings, Demonstrations, Maritime Activities, and Boats, Boats, and More Boats!

BoatsOnWater_0078Lots of boats on the water to look at.

Enjoy summertime in Maine and all that it has to offer at Maine’s only in-water boat show. With over 70 boats in the water and 150 exhibitors on land where you can see beautiful craftsmanship of everything from jewelry to home design to yachts, there is truly something for every member of the family. Lots of great fun and plenty of good food, too!

FoodCourt_0083Partial view of the Food Court. Lots of food choices for everyone.

And if you’ve got the urge for a special treat, try the ice cream at the Stone Fox Farm Creamery Mobile Cone Truck. This is the real deal homemade ice cream, definitely among the best we’ve ever tasted. Note: the Salted Caramel flavor is HIGHLY recommended, as is the Coconut Cream.

StoneFoxCreamery_0081Stone Fox Farm Creamery Mobile Cone truck, at the Maine Boats Show now!

April 23, 2011

Easter Bread

I consider this to be the best bread that there is. It gives the family a quick breakfast and is great year round.


Easter Bread
Brenda Erickson, Kitchen Memories: Recipe Paintings With a Taste of Art

Combine (a):
2 cakes yeast
½ cup lukewarm water

Combine (b):
1½ cups oatmeal
½ cup sugar
1 Tablespoon salt
½ cup shortening
½ cup raisins

3 cups scalded milk
7 to 7½ cups sifted flour
2 beaten eggs
½ cup sugar
3 Tablespoons cinnamon

Soften yeast in warm water (a).

Pour milk over (b) combined oatmeal, sugar, salt, shortening, and raisins which have been placed together in large bowl. Cool to lukewarm. Beat in half the flour, yeast, and eggs. Add remaining flour to make soft dough. Knead until smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl, cover, and rise until double, about two hours. Punch down, cover, and rise again.

Divide dough into three parts; round each into a ball. Roll with rolling pin into rectangle.  Combine cinnamon and ½ cup sugar. Sprinkle evenly over each rectangle. Roll up to form a loaf. Place in lightly greased bread pans with seam down. Cover and rise until double.

Bake 350° for 40-50 minutes.

Cooking hint: To keep milk form curdling when boiling, add a pinch of baking soda.

December 21, 2010

Holiday Subscription Offer

It’s not to late to order that last minute gift for the person on your list who has everything. Give them the gift of Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine, a gift that will continue giving all year long with great recipes, local chef profiles, in-depth articles, and stunning photography.

VegWreath-7727(485px)Happy Holidays!

Give the gift of Maine’s only food magazine, and make someone smile this holiday season. We’ll include a gift letter stating this gift is from you, along with the recipient’s copy of the current issue to start them on their way.

Happy Holidays to you, your family, and your friends!

Melanie Hyatt & Jim Bazin

September 22, 2010

Kitchen Memories Recipe Paintings with A Taste of Art

Do you love cooking and art? Are you a cookbook collector looking for that unique new find? There is a wonderful new book available now called Kitchen Memories, Recipe Paintings with A Taste of Art, by Brenda Erickson. This book is noteworthy for many reasons, including its total Maine Production. From Brenda’s Round Pond, Maine art to its Rocky Hill Publishing in Damariscotta and printing by Penmor Lithographers in Lewiston, this book is a total delight.

Donuts Celiasimage above from page 84 of Kitchen Memories, Recipe Paintings With a Taste of Art by Brenda Erickson

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July 28, 2010

Barbara Ernst Prey Soliloquy Exhibit

This exhibit at Blue Water Fine Arts Gallery in Port Clyde, going on now through August 15, showcases the virtuoistic hand and delicate sensibilities of internationally recognized artist Barbara Ernst Prey who has painted powerful, vibrant views of her surroundings for three decades. On display are 30 poignant watercolors, Soliloquies, unspoken reflections on island life as a microcosm of sustainability: islands telling a story of sustainable life.

Net Menderimage: Netmender, Watercolor, 22″ x 30″ courtesy of Barbara Ernst Prey

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June 27, 2010

Björn Runquist Summer Painting Workshops

Björn Runquist, featured artist in the 2009 #2 issue of Maine Food & Lifestyle Magazine’s Food of Art story, will be holding painting workshops in his summer home on Clark Island! Take an opportunity to learn something new or hone your artistic skills. Meet a genuinely nice person and talented artist!



Björn Runquist will host two painting workshops this summer at his home/studio, a 5 day, July 18-23, 2010 and a 3 day, August 22-25, 2010, in Clark Island, on the St. George peninsula. The workshop will be an introduction to the basics of plein-air painting, focusing on the dynamics of building a painting and the techniques of alla prima painting as well as employing the same techniques to paint from digital photos. Particular emphasis will be on capturing light and its use as a compositional element. The workshop is open to all levels.

Workshop #1 (5 Days) Monday – Friday, JULY 19-23, 2010
Workshop #2 (3 Days) WORKSHOP FULL (waiting list available) Monday-Wednesday August 23-25, 2010

For more information and to register, go to

“I was featured in the Fall 2009 issue of Maine Food and Lifestyle magazine ( It’s a nice informal piece about me, my work, my love for painting and for cooking!”- from Björn’s website.

May 25, 2010

Maine Artist Tina Ingraham

Artist Tina Ingraham shares her philosophy on the sustainability of food and art in this issue of Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine. Tina sees and explores the figurative nature of food in art through astute observation of everyday life. She discusses how food and art are common threads woven through her world and her work.


We first meet Tina at her Bath studio, where we learn her fascinating life story and view some of her paintings. She then invites us to dine at her home, where she prepares a beautiful and scrumptious gourmet dinner party—an artistic vision itself.

Tina shares her full menu with you in the new issue of Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine:

Her appetizers, a Homemade Butternut Squash and a Walnut Risotto and Arugula and Pear Salad; a main course of Eggplant Parmesan, complete with her homemade tomato sauce, is rounded out with Spanish Chocolate Cake for dessert.


In issue Number 11, you’ll meet a creative talent who sees and creates beauty at both her canvas and her table. Explore the intriguing world we call “The Food of Art.” Subscribe today!

October 20, 2009

Jim Bazin’s Photographic Milestone

Jim Bazin, prolific fine artist and creative director of Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine has reached a new personal milestone. As of this moment, 1,285 of Jim’s photographic images have been published in the print media, along with 10 magazine covers!


Congratulations, Jim, on your continued success in the publishing and art worlds!

September 15, 2009

Björn Runquist: Food of Art

Maine artist Björn Runquist’s work reflects a soul rooted in heritage, the Maine landscape, and the beauty of the everyday world around him.


He shows us the path of inspiration begins with observation, which in turn paves the road ahead to creation, and the final destination is enlightenment.


Björn also shares his kitchen creations, works of edible art, with recipes for Gravlax and Fish Chowder. See how both his food and art feed the body and soul in our current magazine issue.

September 8, 2009

New Issue of Maine Food & Lifestyle

There is something about Maine that defies seasonal explanation. Perhaps it is the strength of its people, its abundance of natural resources, or the unparalleled beauty of its timeless landscape. While the whisper of fall is in the air, we still feel a strong loyal tie to fading summer. While we are connected to finite seasons, the cycle we are in flows infinitely on. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the growing season of our local foods. Continue reading “New Issue of Maine Food & Lifestyle” »

August 31, 2009

Maine Events Calendar: September 2009

September is typically a beautiful month in Maine, and there are still lots of great events all over the state to enjoy. Just because summer is on the wane, don’t fret! The transition to fall is an easy one with so much happening. Continue reading “Maine Events Calendar: September 2009″ »

July 31, 2009

Maine Events Calendar: August 2009

Summer is finally here! We hope you make the most of it. Get out and enjoy the sunshine and a wide variety of activities across the state. August is the traditional month for Maine fairs and festivals. Whether you’re a local or visitor, we encourage you take part in the fun Maine has to offer.

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July 27, 2009

Maine Lobster Festival

Lots of people build their summer vacation round one of Maine’s famous food festivals–and of course, locals turn out in droves–to participate in the fun and the eating.

The 62nd Annual Maine Lobster Festival, starting this Wednesday noon in Harbor Park in Rockland, is a huge, five day festival which hosts thousands of visitors each year. There are lobster street sculptures, a parade, the annual Sea Goddess Coronation, music galore, arts tents, a race on half-submerged lobster crates and…lobster.

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June 16, 2009

Pop the Cork 2: A Toast to the Arts

We encourage our blog readers to get out to Rockport Harbor this Thursday, June 18, for a spectacular local event. Pop the Cork 2- A Toast to the Arts is happening from 5:30-9:30pm, hosted by our friends at Cellardoor Winery. A benefit event, all proceeds will go to The Center for Maine Contemporary Art.

With so much to enjoy in such a rich area of Maine, start off the summer with food, wine, art, and music. There will be Zydeco, steel drums, a swing band, and of course fabulous wine and hors d'oeuvres. What a great time to take in a local cultural event. Make it the start of a yearly tradition! To learn more call 236.2654 Tickets may also be purchased online

From the staff at Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine.

June 8, 2009

Anadama Bread

( A famous artist, a mean old wife, and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles )

I was given this recipe by my husband, who baked bread fairly often when he was younger and had more time. He made this in a sort of bucket apparatus with a crank handle…a non-electric “bread machine,” as it were. There are lots of recipes for Anadama bread; the only common required elements are the corn meal and molasses…you can substitute milk for some of the water, or you might add in some whole wheat flour–vary it as you like.

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May 28, 2009

Favorite Place on Earth: Maine

Midcoast Maine is abuzz this summer with all things Wyeth. I had just attended the opening reception at the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland for Jamie Wyeth’s exhibition “Seven Deadly Sins” when I received an email from a longtime friend whose new book had just been released by National Geographic. “My Favorite Place on Earth: Celebrated People Share Their Travel Discoveries” was written by Jerry Dunn, a former neighbor of mine who had told me a year ago that he planned to include two Mainers in his book, Jamie Wyeth and Paige Rense.

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May 27, 2009

Wyeth’s Gulls: Representations of the Sea

Since the death of his father Andrew in January, artist Jamie Wyeth has continued with his life and his life’s work: painting. His first show since his father’s death — “‘Seven Deadly Sins,” which opened at Rockland’s Farnsworth’s Wyeth Center on May 16 — marks the Maine debut of his series of gull paintings, and its first showing since they were originally put on display in New York in 2007.

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April 24, 2009

Chainsaw Artist Ray Murphy

He’s a man with mission: to never stop growing, creating, and expressing his love for his art. When artist Ray Murphy of Hancock wields a chainsaw, and there is wood in his midst, things happen. Read about him in the latest issue of Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine.


As the sawdust clears, amazing wooden art appears. Read his story and see his show. We’re sure you’ll be as impressed as we are by the man, his talents, and his philosophy.

From the staff at Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine.

January 25, 2009

Andrew Wyeth: A Light Goes Dim at the Farnsworth

I have loved two artists named Andy.

One is Andy Warhol, genius of soup cans and silkscreen prints, who also spent time at my alma mater in Pittsburgh. My support of his enduring fame even led to me being dubbed a Warholista by one of D.C.'s famed gossip columnists years ago — a badge I still proudly wear.

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