KENNEBUNK, Maine — Chef Rebecca Charles walks me through the first floor of her new restaurant here, in the throes of renovation. Splotches of spackle adorn the walls, and the air is filled with the aroma of freshly cut birch from a just-delivered bar. Piles of lumber and gallons of paint are stacked in the corners, and a new fireplace facade leans up against the old. She leads me up a flight of stairs to what will be the main dining room, Pearl Kennebunk Beach, scheduled to debut in the spring … [Read more...] about On the Coast of Maine, Women Chefs Thrive
DERBY, Conn. — Like countless other stretches across the country, Route 34 here is populated with the usual retailers: Walmart, Verizon, McDonald’s, CVS. One store, however, stands out, not only because of the retro feel of the red sign proclaiming “Heav’nly Donuts,” but because its parking lot is filled with more than 100 classic cars, and the amplified sound of the Diamonds’ 1957 hit “Little Darlin’.” There, under a Persian blue awning, Anastasios (Ernie) and Efterpi (Effie) Badas gather a … [Read more...] about Doughnuts, spanakopita, and classic cars at Heav’nly Donuts
MADISON, Conn. — It’s May 18, 2015. I’m crawling on grass-stained, blistered knees in 80 degree weather at Bauer Park here, picking the last of spring’s inaugural dandelions. I’ve chosen this sprawling field because it is free of herbicides and pesticides and packed with the ubiquitous “weed.” My children collected hundreds of dandelions here the day before, but the flowers shriveled before I separated the yellow blossoms from the green bases, and I reluctantly threw most of them away. By the … [Read more...] about No one makes dandelion wine anymore. I want to bring the tradition back.
Nearly everyone on Maine’s Little Cranberry Island makes this pie and it has evolved as the island’s residents improvise and add to the basic ingredients of lobster and carrots in a cream sauce, covered with buttery mashed potatoes. After my friend Sonja’s wedding on the island a few years ago (I arrived on a tiny mail boat from Northeast Harbor), we walked up the road to the Islesford Neighborhood House, used for community activities, and this was the main course at the reception, made by many … [Read more...] about Recipe for lobster shepherd’s pie