Category Archives: Cooking and Food

Searching for Mrs. Shockley

One of my Basilica research destinations was the Androscoggin Historical Society.  The AHS have a large collection of Lewiston’s now-defunct Evening Journal, bound periodical-style.  They’re dusty and dirty and still have the faint feel of newsprint about them.  During one … Continue reading

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The House of Big Salads

On April 28, the Pickwick Club, Maine’s only Charles Dickens reading club, will reconvene to discuss Jenny Hartley’s book Charles Dickens and the House of Fallen Women.  Perhaps you don’t know a lot about Mr. Dickens, other than the omnipresent … Continue reading

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The Ashen Heart

The February 14, 1945 Lewiston Evening Journal’s headline read “Russians Crash Through Queis River Line.”  It was the second day of bombing raids on Dresden, Germany. The Bill Davis Smoke Shop’s ad on page 10 simply offered four different brands … Continue reading

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Literally Cavemen

Last year, I spent time with a bored acquaintance.  We’d have breakfast occasionally, swap text messages, and we even had lunch once or twice.  This acquaintance often lamented about mind-numbing boredom; I will not share the circumstances of her life … Continue reading

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The First Person in Food Writing

Because I am a part-time food writer, I occasionally read about food.  Nothing gets my morning blood pressure elevated like a boring gastronomic account of soup, butter, or bacon.  But is all food writing worth the paper or bytes consumed … Continue reading

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Your Morning Flight

Two years ago, I was drawn to “aspics.”  I wrote a blog post about this old-timey trend I revived in my mind.  I never made an aspic and the gelatin packets still sit on my kitchen counter keeping a silent … Continue reading

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The Clipper Merchant Tea House

A few weeks ago, I took a ride to Bridgton to meet Melinda Thomas, tea mistress at the Clipper Merchant Tea House.  Located in the historic William Perry House at the top of Main Street, the Tea House is charming … Continue reading

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On the Cutting Room Floor

On this year’s summer solstice, I attended a “farm-to-table dinner” at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester.  Apparently, “farm-to-table” is a “movement” that began somewhere in California in the early days of the 21st century. A June, 2015, Vanity Fair article … Continue reading

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When Jell-O Stalked the Earth

The regular suspects made their annual pillage of the ancient rhubarb a few weeks ago, leaving a few stalks for the family.  The thieves are two of Uncle Bob’s “acquaintances” who visit his garden every spring and help themselves to … Continue reading

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The Faded Frito and Other Food Infamies

Last week, after finishing the Joy of Cooking biography, I was inspired to cook with gusto.  I stirred up a pot of chili and planned to serve it “street food” style over bags of Frito corn chips.  It had been … Continue reading

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