Category Archives: Close to Home

Potato Skins with Artichokes and Fontina

I’m sure that other parts of the country are beginning to thaw (if they ever were really frozen), but up here in Maine, the idea of having the oven on for a couple of hours to bake potatoes, bread, pie and a roast while we pull our chairs up around the stove to warm our […]

Annie on TV! – 207 and Rob Caldwell

Once again, I made my way down to Portland through snow and sleet to do a taping of a Mushroom and Chicken Pot Pie for 207′s comfort food segment.  Rob and the NBC affiliate, WCSH6, as always, was the perfect host and here we are having a good time cooking together. Mushroom and Chicken Pot […]

Biscuit and Jam – The Biscuit Contract

I woke up this morning to my car cloaked in a glow of pink.  The sun had not yet broken the horizon and my snow-covered car received it’s kiss as it rose to greet the day. Fitting that today should also be Biscuit Contract Day on our office calendar.  This contract was agreed upon and […]

Praline Kettle Corn and Smoked Paprika Popcorn – Stove-Top Style

While we are home this week having adventures of the cozy sort, we’ll probably watch another movie and we’ll probably want popcorn to go with it.  The column this week ran with all sorts of popcorn variations that we’ve played with over the years -Lime and Cumin Popcorn, Truffle Sea Salt Popcorn, Curry and Red […]

A Schooner Halloween

Who better to be Rapunzel than a blonde-headed schooner girl with some extra manilla line just hanging around in the barn?  Rapunzel’s hair turned out to be quite a project and at the end we were ALL glad that our hair is as short as it is! First we unlay the line all the way […]

Peach Vanilla Jam – Last Days of Summer in a Jar

While we can’t hold back the tide or the change of seasons, we can bottle it for a moment and pull it off the shelf to spread on our scones in the middle of winter.  This column has one of my favorite jam recipes and thanks to a dear friend in Boothbay who has a […]

Herbs Arrive in the Garden

Some silent but beautiful signs of spring and life in the garden…  Hello, old friends.

Thank you for the small changes I see everyday

Thank you.  Thank you for the sun, the warm weather, the seeds that are sprouting and the really simple plastic covers that are making it all possible.  Thank you for it all.  It’s such a blessing to walk in the garden everyday and delight in new growth and green. The plastic is a new idea […]

Blueberry Cream Cheese Scones Celebrate the Cover Coming Off

This week the cover came off the schooner!  Sunny, warm, and folks we are going sailing soon.  Now it’s just a race to see what we can get done before we drop the paint brushes and sanders, the cleaning rags and brass polish and hoist the sails for the first time. This is a lovely […]

Roasted Leg of Lamb Stuffed with Parsley Walnut Pesto

To go with the Red Rice and Asparagus Salad posted yesterday… Roasted Leg of Lamb Stuffed with Parsley Walnut Pesto The size of the lamb leg will vary depending on how large the animal was when butchered.  I’ve seen them as small as 4 pounds and as large as 8 pounds.  Most of the ones […]

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