For close to a year now, I’ve been promising E a celebratory cocktail – to celebrate spring, to celebrate going sailing, and mostly to celebrate the completion of Sugar & Salt: The Orange Book. A year has almost passed since the idea’s first inception. However, the reasons to create something special became current again with the launch of the Kickstarter campaign. It seems that a salutatory cocktail is in order. Lucky us! Check out our Kickstarter progress and updates.
Kumquat Mint Mojito
15 mint leaves (plus extra for garnish)
7 kumquats, quartered (plus extra for garnish)
1 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce simple syrup
3 ounces Mount Gay rum
ice cubes for shaking and serving
2 ounces club soda
Muddle mint leaves and kumquats in a cocktail shaker. Add lime juice, simple syrup, and rum. Add ice cubes and shake until well-chilled, about 10 seconds. Add club soda to a ball jar filled with ice. Strain the shaker mix into the ball. Garnish with a mint leaf and a kumquat slice.
You’ve been asking for it and we’ve found a way to bring it to you – with your help. What have you been asking for, you say? Why a new printing of the red cookbook, At Home, At Sea, of course. I’ve heard ALOT over the past several years it’s been out of print that we should do a second printing. We are ready!
But here’s the thing… We just printed Sugar & Salt: The Orange Book last year and we haven’t had enough time to recoup our printing costs to turn around and do another printing. However, E and I are ready and up to the task of putting together a new and updated version of At Home, At Sea for you.
Now, we just need your help! Check out the details of our Kickstarter campaign. There are a bunch of fun gift levels from mini-notecards, a Riggin apron, the cookbooks, Maine lobster sent to your door, me as your personal chef, a trip on the Riggin, and an elegant dinner made for you and your 8 guests in your own home. Thank you for taking the time to check out our latest effort!
The state of Maine is a place of unrivaled beauty in so many ways, but none more eye-popping than the day when, after a hard spring rain, the sun emerges and suddenly, the grass turns a shocking green and the flowers all open to show off their finery.
Such was the day I drove back from Portland after doing a 207 shoot. I had Sugar & Salt books to sell and ended up winding my way down and around the peninsulas around Boothbay Harbor. It’s so rare for me to be exploring our state this time of year what with a schooner to get ready to sail, a household to pack up, girls to organize and crew to train. However, the day was just too much of a gift to not enjoy. And so I stopped, several times, to enjoy and to sell a lot of books too!
I spend the better part of my days writing and yet I am only just beginning to think of myself as a writer. Two years of writing a weekly food column, one cookbook, many articles and a year of blogging and you’d think a person might get a clue. I’m getting there.
A new cookbook has been writing itself in my head for a long time now. And by long time I mean about a year. The recipes have been churning out at a rapid rate – mostly because I just can’t turn the tap off. And yet, it wasn’t until yesterday that I actually sat down in the chair, placed my hands on the keyboard and started typing the new book.
A part of me worried that I was just kidding myself and really, there wasn’t another cookbook in there. But the bigger part of me knew that when the time was right, the words would come. And they’ve started. What a relief to know the smaller part of me was wrong.