Arugula Salad With Figs, Prosciutto and Gorgonzola Dolce

When perfectly ripe figs are in season, there is nothing better than using them in a salad that compliments their wonderful sweet and succulent taste. Arugula salad with figs, prosciutto and gorgonzola dolce cheese is a great combination of bitter, sweet and salty flavors from Italy. It makes a lovely first course when entertaining friends. […]

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The Thrill Of Victory And The Agony Of Defeat

You hear the saying “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” often in relation to sports but this year the saying can also apply to my vegetable garden.  At the end of May, I planted heirloom tomato plants in my garden in Maine. I had started them from seed and grew them in […]

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Paella Mixta (Paella With Chicken, Chorizo and Seafood)

Paella is a classic, flavorful rice dish from Spain. Originating in the rice-growing area of Valencia, it started out as a dish cooked in the fields by workers over an open fire. Now, you will find this dish prepared in restaurants and homes all over Spain. This is a great one dish main course to […]

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Lakeside Happenings

When you think of spending summers at a lake in Maine, it might include an early morning in a canoe on the calm water. With a paddle in hand, you could be gliding through the quiet water just off the shore. If luck is with, you could spot a beautiful loon swimming nearby or hear it’s […]

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Grilled Chicken Thighs With A Honey Sriracha Glaze

Grilled chicken thighs with a honey sriracha glaze are tender, juicy pieces of meat with yummy caramelized crispy edges. These marinated and quickly grilled pieces of chicken have a slight sweetness, a little heat and a tangy flavor that can change your mind about  eating only chicken breasts. I should know because up until a year […]

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The Colors Of Summer

Towards to end of summer, the gardens at our cottage are a blaze of color. You might say it is their last hurrah. The vegetable garden is just coming into its’ prime with ripening tomatoes and large basil plants whose leaves are just waiting to be made into pesto. Birds are picking at the Rudbeckia […]

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The Foraging Trilogy III: Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig

This trilogy started with a day trip to Portland and a delicious lunch. The meal included a meze plate that had a wonderful Italian black pepper dry salami. I made a note to see if one of the local markets might have it in stock. While at the markets, I found fresh mushrooms that reminded […]

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The Foraging Trilogy II: To Market, To Market

I love visiting a city that has nice markets and Portland, Maine which is an hour away from our summer cottage on the lake, makes a great destination for searching out food sources. It was once named America’s foodiest small town for its great restaurants, fresh lobster, seafood and hand crafted beers. It is also […]

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