Fennel Salad

Thinly sliced, dressed with a little olive oil and lemon zest and salt and pepper lightly added, fennel salad is just the ticket for cool summer dinners, or something light after hearty braised winter dishes. Not everyone likes a vegetable that tastes like licorice though they might really enjoy a slight burst of that flavor […]

More Coconut Cookies

Another coconut cookie recipe never hurt anyone. This one came from Jan Varnum in Bar Harbor. Her mother, Ruth H. Witt, used to make them when Jan was a child, and Jan still does, too. I liked them very much because their flavor comes from brown sugar, coconut and butter; there is no spicing or […]

Honky Tonk-ish

When BDN reader Beth Chamberlin read about Cooking Maine Style, the compilation of Marjorie Standish recipes I recently put together for DownEast Books, she wrote me right away to say, “I received my first cookbook when I was in 6th grade from a family friend and it was Cooking Down East,” by Marge Standish. “What […]

Chicken Alfredo at Last

  How a person can cook for nearly fifty years and not wittingly make Fettucini Alfredo or its sibling dish, Chicken Alfredo, I can’t explain, but apparently somehow, I seem to have skipped it. I think I must have eaten some along the way, because I have the distinct impression that it is delicious and […]

The Rhubarb Advocate’s Time of Year

You love it or you hate it. Rhubarb advocates are delighted to see those red stems reach out and the dark green leaves unfurl. Others wince and clamp their jaws shut. Thirty years ago, when we moved to this house, one of the first things I noticed growing here was a rhubarb plant which I […]

Comfortingly Soft Molasses Drop Cookies

A little four-inch square piece of paper floated out of the Recipes to Try file folder, and on one side was a recipe, probably Xeroxed from a newspaper for Old Fashioned Drop Molasses Cookies, with handwritten note in black ink, “These were good.” On the other side was written in my hand, “Richard McLaughlin, Machias.” […]