Category Archives: Kids Food

Easter Celebration – Complete with Bunny Cake

Every celebration comes with traditions that we build around food.  In our extended family here in Maine, where very few of us are actually related, but most of us celebrate our holidays together, we have several traditions.  The first of which is that the Finger/Mahle house hosts the Easter meal. Followed by… there are little […]

Canning Pear Nectar

This fall, I was the surprised recipient of a beautiful bushel of pears from what we think is a Seckle Pear tree. That gift, however, did not come co-bundled with an abundance of time. I was determined that this gift would not sit too long while I put it off until the pears were passed […]

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 […]

Homemade Doughnuts Care of Grandma

Glen, a long time Riggin Relic and friend, is often the first to greet me in the morning and I am often the first to greet him, with his cup of steaming coffee in hand.  His cup is poured before anyone else’s, one because he’s a guest and two because he’s down in the galley […]

Spinach Smoothie – Green AND Tasty

A good friend of mine often shows up to our meetings together with her breakfast – a bright green drink so brilliant, it’s hard to know how she got it to be that green.  We are talking neon, nuclear green.   So one day, I asked her.  Spinach, she says, is the key, without the […]

Thanksgiving Menu – Comfort Style

My dad has a saying, ‘Once you get a good thing, why change it?’  This saying applies to hats, jackets, coats, flashlights… and the list goes on.  Electronics, of course, are excepted from this adage.  Which means that when a hat wears out after 20 years of use, he looks for a new one just […]

Homemade Chicken Nuggets – Latest Column

Recently Ella asked what a chicken nugget was and in one of those parenting moments when you realize so many things all at once, I thought about how sheltered she is, how lucky she is, how proud I am of the choices we are able to make and also, how sad that she doesn’t get […]

Mom making Mom’s Spaghetti and Meatballs

People say that the memory of smell is one of our strongest and when I smell my mom’s Spaghetti and Meatballs I am transported.  Suddenly, I’m looking up at my elders, hanging onto pant legs, bickering with my brothers and feeling unbelievably wrapped in home and love. My mom and dad are here for a […]

Cook the Book: Zucchini and Genoa Salami Deep Dish Pizza

Zucchini and Genoa Salami Deep Dish Pizza 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 zucchini, roughly chopped 2 summer squash, roughly chopped 1/2teaspoon salt 1/2teaspoon pepper 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 pound Genoa salami, cut in medium-thick slices 1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated 2 cups whole milk ricotta cheese 1 Crusty Peasant Bread dough recipe.  You […]

Cook the Book: Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins     I use this recipe as a base for many different kinds of muffins.  It’s very forgiving and tasty too. Using Maine blueberries is always a favorite of our passengers. 2 cups all-purpose flour 2/3 cup sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 3/4teaspoon salt 1/3 cup vegetable oil 2 large eggs, beaten 2/3 cup milk […]


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