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November 12, 2012

Simple Hummus Snack Wrap

So simple, easy, and tastes delicious. Good for anytime, but is a great post workout snack!


Simple Hummus Snack Wrap

2 Tablespoons hummus
1 ounce fat free feta cheese
1 ounce roasted red peppers
Low carb wrap (La Tortilla Factory is 50 cal, high fiber, high protein, low fat)

So simple, if you couldn’t already tell from the ingredients.

Spread hummus on tortilla. Press feta crumbles into hummus and put roasted peppers on top. Roll up and enjoy.


Makes 1 serving.

June 7, 2012

My Name is MANGO!

On behalf of little Mango, we offer many thanks to all our blog followers and Facebook friends for their wonderful name suggestions. We received so many excellent recommendations that it took a bit longer than anticipated to make a final decision.

A special shout out to Carla Thomas Wright of Phillips, Maine for suggesting the name Mango. For whatever reason, this one seems to work well during his kitten stage, and will wear well as an adult in the future.

Mango_2106_flat_nameThanks, Carla, and thanks to all of you that participated in our search for the little guy’s name. He now feels like he has truly arrived, and joins his family of two born-and-raised-in-Maine adult cats as a small, but rapidly growing equal.


June 1, 2012

Orange Kitten Seeks Name

For those of you that haven’t already submitted name suggestions for this little guy via my facebook page, this is the official request for name selection final entry blog post.

He’s a 9-week old male Orange Tabby adopted from the Humane Society of Knox County (Maine) Shelter. He is currently reviewing options for a permanent name.

If you have any name suggestions, please email them to this email address, or add them as a comment on the above mentioned facebook page.

The little orange guy thanks you, as do I.


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

September 7, 2011

Critter Corner

We know that many of our readers have beloved animal companions like we do. We also know that there is a lot of care and attention that goes into keeping them healthy and happy.

In the new issue of Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine, Dr. Judith Herman, DVM, CVH explores some causes and effects of “the itchies and scratchies” in cats and dogs. She provides readers with her expert knowledge, and suggests some natural and homeopathic remedies and recipes for relief.

SunglassDog2917_(485)Please don’t let my canine and feline friends itch & scratch.

We recommend you check out previous issues of Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine for more of Dr. Herman’s advice and insight. She has a regular column called “Critter Corner.”

Read the new edition of “Critter Corner” here!

August 23, 2011

Maine Food & Lifestyle Issue 13

We’re excited to report that the new issue of Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine prints this week! Issue 13 will be available soon! On the cover, we tease you with our lobster dinners at Cod End in Tenants Harbor.


As always, we offer recipes galore from several Maine destinations. Engaging feature articles complete with gorgeous photography await your every turn of the page.

In this issue: Travel Channel Andrew Zimmern’s Maine Connection, including his favorite Maine restaurants and recipes; Old Vines Wine Bar in Kennebunk, and The Stolen Menu Café and The Union Grill/Bluff Pub in York; Amalfi On the Water and Rustica Cucina Italiana, both well-established Rockland restaurants; two new eateries: Scott Yakovenko’s Slipway in Thomaston and Lynn Archer’s Archer’s on the Pier in Rockland, and much, much more!

Certified Master Gardener Maryann Blaisdell shares her love of gardening in her debut column. Editorial Assistant Chelsea Sonksen offers a tribute to Rock City Coffee and explores the Magic of a Full Moon Supper at Saltwater Farm.

Come sample some more of the good life in Maine. Subscribe or give the gift of good taste to those you love!

August 15, 2010

The Winnah, and Still Champion: Pancho Villa

In a post competition interview following his win of today’s Annual World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials, Pancho Villa of Camden was just as nonchalont as he was prior to defending his title from the 2009 Trials. A huge crowd attended the event at the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show today, and cheered Pancho on to victory. He was awarded a perfect 10 from all three judges of the competition, outpointing his competitors by a wide margin.

Pancho Villa, Boatyard Dog Competition winner for the 2nd year in a row.

Pancho-Boy_7679FPancho cinched the title in the free form category, cooly demonstration his surfing skills, while looking regal in the process. Pancho’s handler, Elliot Matlack,  watches for sharks and competitors as Poncho concentrates on his balance and technique.

Panch-Girl_7704FAs if that wasn’t enough, Pancho did a midwater board swap to join handler Abigail Matlcack on a different board. Abigail paddles Pancho out to catch a big wave for his ride back to shore.

Award_7785FAnd to the winner go the spoils! Hoping Pancho will go for three in 2011!

March 6, 2010

Portland’s Planet Dog Fundraising Drive: Spread the Woof!


pictured above: Planet Dog’s “Orbee-Tuff Strawberry with Treat Spot” dog toy

Planet Dog, the Portland-based designer, developer and retailer of award-winning and socially responsible products for dogs, is proud to announce an upcoming fundraising drive at the Planet Dog Company Store in Portland. Their efforts will help the Southern Maine Agency on Aging raise $5,000 in much needed funds for the animal companions of extremely low-income elderly people. During the first two weeks of March, Planet Dog will donate 10% of the proceeds from the sale of Planet Dog’s Old Soul dog toy collection to the Agency’s Best Friend Fund.

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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″ »

May 22, 2009

Toys and Exercise: Bringing Home a New Puppy or Kitten

Remember folks, puppies and kittens are not toys that you put in a box and take out to play with when you feel like it. As natural hunters and predators, being active is essential to their well being. Adopt a companion with this in mind, making sure you have the time, patience, and finances necessary to become a responsible pet guardian.

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December 6, 2008

Dear Santa…A note from the Puppies and Kittens

We've all seen the ads.The nostalgic image of a wide-eyed child's amazement at a new puppy or kitten under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning. Hugs, smiles, tails wagging. Then the red bow of newness wears off, sadly, often before the day is through. Fido piddles on the tree skirt. Fluffy flies up the tree, breaking a few antique ornaments and grabbing some tinsel on the way down. The idyllic holiday scene takes a turn for the stressful and chaotic. And what happens to the new puppy or kitten?

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November 29, 2008

At Home with a New Animal Companion

Prepping your home for a new puppy or kitten is similar to baby
proofing your home once your child becomes a toddler. Anything
available and within reach is fair game, and they will get into
everything. You would not leave a toddler alone in a room without adult
supervision, and the same should go for your new furry bundle of joy.
They will chew wires, cords, your favorite pair of shoes…so, pick up
any important papers,toys,clothing. And be aware of things such as
dental floss in the trash and medicines and vitamins lying around
within reach.

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October 1, 2008

Fur ‘n Foliage Walk – Saturday, October 4th

RUN, don’t walk (until it’s time, that is) for the Dog Walk!Lucy2299mod

On Saturday, October 4th, the Humane Society of Knox County will hold its annual Fur ‘n Foliage Walk beginning at the Thomaston Academy building on Main Street in Thomaston.

Registration for the Dog Walk begins at 10am. You may pick up pledge forms at the Humane Society or download the pdf form from their website for additional information. Or call 594-4897.

Right: Lucy VanCampen of Thomaston, anxious to get to this year’s Dog Walk

There will be many other events, including a Benefit Yard Sale beginning at 9am through 2pm.

Other events at this location are:
Pet Portraits with Santa
Doggy Day Spa
Microchip Clinic
Animal Blessing

and a BBQ Lunch for just $3! Jeez, what a deal that is!!!

Photo of Santa with Sumner & Marjorie Kinney’s Cocker Spaniels taken at the 2007 event by Jim Bazin.

Maine Food and Lifestyle’s own Creative Director Jim Bazin has volunteered to take photos of your favorite pooch with Santa. What a great holiday
card idea!

Get out and support a noble cause!

Melanie Hyatt is an editor at Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine. 

September 15, 2008

Name That Tuna!

We have a couple of new friends here at the magazine. This summer, our
Creative Director decided we needed some more office excitement (like
there wasn’t enough already). So what did he do? He went to the Knox
County Humane Society and adopted not one, but two cats!

So, now that we are dodging chirping cat toys, playing with laser
mice, sweeping up fur balls, doing cat food brand taste tests and
refereeing wrestling matches as part of our daily routines.

We need
some help from you, the reader. (No, we’re not asking you to come in
and clean the litter box!) We’d just like your suggestions.

You see, one of the cats we’ve renamed Wolfgang (Wolfie). He’s an
adorable, gray 4 month old bundle of energy. The other, well…she
needs a new name. She came to us as 2-year old dainty
calico miss, having been named "Tuna Platter" by the Shelter folks. And we think she is far too pretty and sweet for such a
lame name. Please help us give her an appropriate new one!

Here is her photo…send us your ideas for her new designation. Make
it cool, make it original, and above all, help us make it more fitting!

She’s entitled to a new title…


Our lovely female cat, currently known as "Tuna Platter"

Melanie Hyatt is an editor at Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine.

July 16, 2008

Exercise and Travel with Your Pet

Summer means more time in the outdoors, exercising,Dog6412_2 and traveling.
If your cat or dog participates in activities with you, remember there are precautions you need to take to assure their safety and good health.

While running, hiking, or biking with your pets, go earlier in the day or later in the evening when it’s cooler. Check their feet for blisters, especially if you are running on pavement which can get very hot. Bring plenty of water and take short breaks. Build them up to an exercise routine and remember: we sweat and they don’t. Too strenuous a routine can also put extra concussion on joints. It is not advisable to exercise with a puppy until it’s over a year old, larger breeds not until 18 months old.

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