Wednesday, 19 November 2014 11:56

Locally grown feasts

The holidays are just around the corner, with Thanksgiving leading the parade. Food, family and friends are our ways of keeping the dark and cold at bay during the long winter months. Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas treats and New Year's celebrations are fun, and typically filled with fancy foods of all kind. But from where?

Many local farms can provide you with the fixings for any of your favorite holiday traditions. Though you may think that buying farm-fresh is a summer activity, it's something you can incorporate easily into your holiday traditions.

Published in Cover Story
Thursday, 11 July 2013 10:46

Arts in the Park

BELFAST - Next weekend, July 13 to 14, Belfast will hold its annual Arts in the Park festival. The event will be held in the Heritage Park nestled right on the banks of the Passagassawakeag River. Sailboats and dinghies dotting Belfast Bay make up the backdrop. In its 18th year, the festival promises a day long activities, art, music and food. It's a great event to visit with family and kids or solo, for the day or a quick visit.

This year the Arts in the Park Committee and Jury selected 85 applicants out of the pool of artists that submitted work for showing. Many different medias are represented. From paintings and photography, to jewelry, craft objects and recycled goods, there is something to pique everyone's interest. There will be clothing and bags, glasses and jugs. Purchase something as a gift, or get a souvenir.

Published in Livin'
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 11:27

Jazz Brunch

Family Dog offers music and awesome breakfast foods

ORONO Brunch is arguably one of the most sublime meals in existence. Blurring the lines between breakfast and lunch, it is a quintessential meal for a lazy Sunday morning (or afternoon, depending on your sleep schedule). 

The Family Dog is known as a hot dog and burger haven, nestled in the old Lissus' Pizza building off Pine and Park Streets (there's an entrance to the plaza on both streets). The huge windows and large tables offer a spacious and inviting dining environment any time. But on Sundays, live jazz music replaces classic rock and signature, made-to-order brunch items replace burgers and dogs. 

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 15:08

So easy a caveman can do it

Throughout the years there have been many "fad diets" advertised on television and floating around the internet, but Deborah Kaplan, ACSM fitness specialist and life agent in California for health fitness and wellness programs, believes that the Paleolithic diet isn't a diet but a lifestyle.

Robb Wolf's book 'The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet' is what Kaplan uses to encourage her clients to "go Paleo." Wolf describes the Paleo diet as "the healthiest way you can eat, because it is the only nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic! Research in biology, biochemistry, ophthalmology, dermatology and many other disciplines indicate it is our modern diet, full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar, that is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, depression and infertility."


Published in Livin'
Cooking competition raises funds for culinary arts program

BANGOR - Things have finally cooled down at Eastern Maine Community College following last month's Maine Chef Challenge, a one-night 'Iron Chef'-style cooking competition that raises funds for the school's culinary arts program. The three chefs - Zac Maccarone of Cleonice Mediterranean Bistro in Ellsworth, Brandon Haney of Husson University Dining and Todd Chasteen of Flik Independent School Dining - found out moments before last month's competition they would have to incorporate a secret ingredient in at least one of their dishes.

Published in Style
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 16:56

The muffin mom

I don't know exactly when I became Suzi Homemaker, but I think it was when the kids started eating something that resembles human-sized portions of food. See, when they first started eating, a portion for them was the size of an ice cube (A good-sized one, not one of those tiny ones you get at fast food restaurants). I would puree their veggies or means and pop them out as needed. And if you consider that one decent sweet potato is enough to nearly fill a tray, making dinner for the week was pretty easy.

Published in Edge Staff Mom
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:58

Dare to compare your yogurt

Which yogurt is better?

Who would have thought that a snack as simple as yogurt could stir up such controversy? It wasn't too long ago that the only yogurt in stores was "regular yogurt." Then, little by little, Greek yogurt started showing up in grocery stores. It started out with just well-known Greek yogurt supplier Chobani, and soon the companies that were known for producing regular yogurt jumped on the bandwagon and have begun to sell their own Greek yogurt products. 


Published in Style
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 15:24

Kitchen must-haves

One thing I struggle with every day is the family asking 'What's for dinner?' I don't think I'm alone here; it seems to be a common dilemma among many people, especially those who are part of a two-income family.

I usually wait until 5 p.m. to think about what I'm going to make for that night's dinner. Even when I have something in mind, I usually don't have one or two of the ingredients. Lately, I've tried to keep certain staples in the house to ensure that I have the basics to make a simple dinner.

Published in The Frugal Edge
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 11:26


Best thing since sliced bread

There is an elegant simplicity in sandwiches. A sandwich can be a slice of cheese between pieces of bread, or it can be an extraordinary combination of flavors that make you swoon and it can be both at the same time. Sandwiches are comfort food. Soul food. Lunch food.

Sandwiches have been around in some form since Biblical times. Bitter herbs were placed between two pieces of unleavened bread at Passover by Hillel the Elder. More recently, there's the anecdote about the Earl of Sandwich, who asked for his meat to be served between two slices of bread so he could eat and continue to play cards. After that, everyone was asking for 'the same as Sandwich.'

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:54

Distinctive downtown dining

Two new restaurants expand the scope of Bangor's offerings

Over these past few years, we've been privileged to witness the blossoming of Bangor a downtown renaissance of sorts. New businesses of all fashions and flavors are popping up left and right. It's a time of explosive, exciting growth.

Even so, when two new restaurants open up within two weeks of one another and less than a mile apart, it warrants mentioningespecially if each place brings something new and unique to the table. These establishments are each powered by passion and packed with offerings for every stripe; there's something for everyone.

Check out this brand-new pair of downtown dining destinations.

Published in Cover Story
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