Shortbread for Tea Time

Quite a few of us have friends among our summer communities here in Maine, and as summer whizzes by chances to spend time with them are getting scanter and scanter. So quickly, before they have to return to their year-round homes, invite one over, get out a nice teapot and brew up a couple of […]

Eggplant Parmesan, Simplified

Next to ratatouille, eggplant parmesan is my  favorite way to eat one of summer’s grand vegetables, and a good excuse for growing eggplants. I have assembled it in casseroles, baked, then carved the result into blocks of deliciousness to serve. The following simpler method makes individual servings which can be put together on a baking […]

Green Beans with a Little Red

It is so good to see green beans setting abundantly on the plants out in the garden. I love green beans—eat them raw in the garden; blanch them and dip them in pesto mayonnaise or garlicky aioli; steam them and eat with butter, salt and pepper; sauté them briefly in olive oil with a little […]

Hello Dolly Squares

“These are not State-of-Mainish in any way,” wrote Marjorie Standish in Cooking Down East, 1969, “except just about everyone in Maine makes them.” Back the ‘60s, when I was busy being an awkward teenager, the whole darn country was apparently making these. And humming along with Carol Channing in the Broadway musical. Is that why […]

Fourth of July and Picnic Bug Juice

My parents didn’t believe in soda for children. When my sister and I were thirsty we drank water out of a Dixie cup assigned to us, lined up on the window sill just above the kitchen sink, one for each family member. ZaRex, a sweet flavored syrup that dissolved into water was termed belly-slop at […]