There's something about Maine and the New York Times. First, a well-written, well-researched piece on why Portland is a food Mecca.
Now, just a week or so later, a thorough article on Maine, coming out of its other shell: the oyster shell.
Portland's Twenty Mile Meal If you want to experience what a twenty mile meal can taste like, Cultivating Community, a Portland organization that works to fight hunger and "empower youth and community" is having a unique event on Sunday, October 4. Dubbed as "Southern Maine's most mouth-water-food-with-a-conscience event" the dinner (featuring foods all grown within twenty miles of Portland) will be cooked by Portland area culinary superstars. To purchase tickets, go to Cutivating Community's Web site and click on the 20 Miles Meal Link.
The thing about not having access to something all the time is that it becomes precious — sometimes overly precious. Think about it. Long distance love. An amazing meal you had in a far away country. A child off at college.
It seems like I can’t get enough burgers this summer. Whether it’s making my own with local meat from Caldwell Farms (or from my co-worker’s cow, Connor) or stopping on the road for a quick bite, I’m eating more burgers than I care to admit. Burgers really are a perfect summer food – a no-mess meal for many on the cheap and piled high with the best summer fixings.
The French know how to work magic with fresh vegetables. I’ll never forget sitting in a small café in a tiny seaside village on the coast of southern France and being served ratatouille as a main course. To say that it was a “stew” of eggplant, onions, tomatoes, zucchini, herbs, and fragrant olive oil misses the point entirely. It was something altogether new.
It's been a funny summer. The rain slowed down enough so that the garden has finally started growing like a normal summer garden. I realize how lucky we are to have really well drained soil because so many other gardeners I know say they have lost entire crops. “Wash out,” is the expression many sad gardeners use to describe this growing season. And there’s all the talk of the tomato blight. With fingers crossed I can say that our tomatoes — started from seed in the kitchen window in late March — have managed to survive.
There’s nothing more inviting than an old cookbook. The pages give you recipes, of course, but they also are a poetic microcosm of culture, of a place and its people and its food.
Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail) has made a career of telling the stories of lost, hapless women who find fulfillment and happiness through the men on the other end of their telephone and email conversations. In her latest accomplishment, Julie and Julia, Ephron tackles a new technological convention (blogging) and a new kind of fulfillment (cooking).
The July issue of Down East is packed with tons of food coverage:
You might have spotted a Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine Lobster Roll popping up in a town near you. Pick up the magazine to read the full story behind the L.L. Bean heiress' lobster dreams.
Despite the rain, festivities are still planned for July, including the Potato Blossom Festival in Fort Fairfield. Food writer Peter Smith takes us to the Aroostook County tradition.