When I think of grilling, I can’t help but think of the flavor of smoking. In the past, smoking meats was a way of preserving. Now, it is more about taste and texture. Brisket is a prime example of this; it needs extra love and care…long and low. Smoking adds tons of flavor and actually tenderizes this meat in the process. Our smoked beef brisket is the main item requested at all of our BBQs and has been really popular for weddings. Throw in BBQ chicken, hearty baked…

One item being raved about this past holiday season has made its way to my kitchen. I’m excited to tell you about the Instapot! What’s mainly advertised as a pressure cooker, is really a jack-of-all-trades. What Can the Instapot Pot Do? pressure cook slow cook cook rice/porridge make yogurt make cake cook hard-boiled eggs sauté/sear steam (veggies and more) warm meals sterilize utensils How Long Does the Instapot Take to Cook Meat? The Instapot is a great tool for quick, after-work meals. Not only can you throw frozen…

We have the honor of being the exclusive caterer at the 2013 Taste of the Nation VIP Reception at Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport.  The event benefits a number of different charities including The Good Shepherd Food Bank, Opportunity Alliance, Cultivating Community, as well as Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign. One of the dishes that we are serving is a Seared Duck Breast with a Fresh Cherry Barbeque Sauce.  This sauce would go great with any poultry – serve it at your next summer barbeque or…

Okay, now you are overwhelmed. But informed which is good..believe me. Let’s look at this more carefully. Now you know what you need to consider. What is most important to you? That is what it comes down to. Budgeting is the real deal and for many of you this is the first real experience at budgeting for yourself and your spouse to be. Most brides look at the wedding dress as the big thing. And that is true. My experience is that people remember wedding by 3 things;…

An egg is not just an egg anymore…

As promised in my last blog, and in the spirit of Maine Maple Sunday, here are more Maple treats to enjoy!   Nancy’s Maple Syrup Dressing *Please note that this recipe does use 3 raw and uncooked eggs. 2 eggs 3/8 Cups Pure Maple Syrup 3 Cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil 3/4 Cup Water Process all ingredients in the food processor until creamy and yummy. Store in refrigerator and bring to room temperature before using.   Nancy’s Chicken with Maple Syrup and Tarragon Preheat oven to 375 degrees…

Maine Maple Season is unique and Maine Maple Sunday is a treat!

Choosing the right caterer can make a big difference in any event. Here are a few things to look for when choosing a caterer: A Tasting – A good caterer should offer a menu tasting. I think it is unreasonable for a caterer not to offer this service. How can you know what a caterers food is like if you don’t taste their food? An Estimate – Provide your caterer with your budget. It is much easier to prepare an appropriate menu when the caterer is given a…