Corn reminds me of hot, sunny August days. I remember carrying ice buckets to the cornfield as a kid, and putting the ears of corn into the ice bucket to keep the corn sweet. And, man, is it ever sweet when you do this! This is why if you get your corn at the grocery store you may not get super sweet corn. If you can, find a farm stand to get the best sweet corn. I also remember eating Corn Fritters on the beach in Rhode Island…

Summer is in full swing which means we have oodles of delicious summer fruit to gobble up! Get out your pails and get picking! Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk! Strawberry season is just about wrapped up, and blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and peaches are just around the corner. One of the best ways to keep delicious Maine fruits in your kitchen all year long is to cook and store them as a jelly, jam, or preserve. But what is the difference? Let’s find out! The Basics Jelly, jam, and preserves are…

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…

Three Nor’easters in two weeks?! And a fourth being discussed?! Clearly, March does not mean spring in Maine! I can recall several snowstorms that came well into April in the past… I’m just hoping the snow will be over before then this year! With all this snow, I am all about comfort food! When the snow is falling outside, there is nothing I love more than to make those warming soothing meals that I grew up with. Plus, after all that hard work shoveling, you need something hearty…

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! What are your plans? Headed to your favorite restaurant? Staying in? Why not make an easy dinner at home for your valentine? While it may sound complicated (and expensive) to make a meal that’s fancier than usual, we promise it isn’t! Our DIY Valentine’s Day meal is quick and easy. Just pick up a few premade items at your local grocery store and dress them up for a special night. To make your at-home Valentine’s Day meal memorable, start by planning ahead. Put a…

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…

About sixteen years ago, I did a Festival of Nations event and served meatballs from thirty different countries. Events like these remind me and others of the diversity of flavors available to us and the impact that a single ingredient can have on a dish. It’s one of the reasons I love what I do so much. As we push toward the New Year, I thought it would be fun to give some thought to new flavors that have become quite popular. Globalization has made it possible for…

In an effort to maintain healthy eating habits throughout the holidays, I have decided to substitute my daily breakfast for a detox smoothie. My goal with this detox is to help my body rid toxins and maintain a healthy balance of energy and digestion throughout all the upcoming holiday gatherings. I plan to start my morning detox on Thanksgiving and go straight into the New Year– I invite you all to join me! Nancy’s Detox Smoothie Serves 2 Ingredients: 1 whole pear; ends cut off 1 whole apple cored, but…

I just got back from HOTlanta where I was taking care of my mom for 10 days. It might be hard to believe, but I brought the hot weather back to Maine with me! Yes, the day I returned from the South it was 91 degrees and the next day was 93 degrees… WAY too hot for Scarborough, Maine in mid-May!   All the warm weather got me excited for grilling season, and with Memorial Day right around the corner, I wanted to share with you some of…

I am a big fan of Yotam Ottolenghi and all of his awesome cookbooks, but my favorite is “Plenty More,” published in 2014. When I first read it, I noticed an eggplant dish with a black garlic sauce. I had not heard of black garlic and I was curious, but then I made his recipe and I was amazed. It produced a rich, sweet dish. So very different. It’s good in risotto, with potatoes, and also in pasta. It’s good with all kinds of vegetables and proteins as…