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…

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…

A few days ago, I filmed a segment on grilling tips with Norm Karkos from WMTW News Channel 8 here in Portland. If you are like me, you use your grill all year round. If not, maybe you’re just thinking about firing up your grill because the weather is getting nicer! Either way, I thought I would share a few tips with you. Gas vs. Charcoal Grilling It is a preference, really: gas is easier because you just turn a knob. It takes only 10 to 15 minutes…

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…

I had my face in the sunshine yesterday and it felt great. Spring has sprung and summer is here. Of course, that makes me want to get the grill going full speed ahead. Summer makes me think of eating outdoors and barbecues. The most-used modern definition of this is the grilling of meats or other foods over an open fire. It used to be made with charcoal briquettes. But now more often than not with a convenient gas grill. Such a shame—the charcoal brings that charcoal flavor and…

I think it is time to start thinking warm and hazy days! Okay it is still a little ways away-but-we did havd a taste of summer a few weeks ago! Think tropical and try these drinks from Chuck’s recipe folders: Cape Elizabeth Sunrise;  Combine 3 oz. of cranberry juice 1 oz. of fresh lime juice Combine ingredients with crushed ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well and pour             into a chilled wine glass. Garnish with a lime slice & fresh sprig of mint. You can add vodka…