When I visited Maine Pantry shop downtown Portland, I picked up a canister of Bakewell Cream, a Maine stalwart product since the 40’s. I was only vaguely familiar Bakewell Cream and was curious. I know most people decide what they want to cook and then buy the ingredients, I sometimes BUY the ingredient and then more »

During my research I stumbled upon a question someone posted online which sort of blew my mind:  “I’ve always been a running water dish-washer….I learned that some dish soaps are formulated for the sink full of sudsy water method.  How does this work, sink full of sudsy water? “Which led me down another rabbit hole, could there more »

I picked this ladle and chan (think food shovel) out of a thriftstore .99 tub, their handles were loose as anything but it saves me from having to buy new ones in the Asian market.  I have become attached to using Gorilla Glue to repair unglued handles. Unlike PVA and other acrylic glues which shrink more »

Tea and Toast Picnic

After a long summer with no road tripping, I broke out my picnic kit anyway.  The new old sterno stove works well with my alcohol stove.    My GSI Toaster also works great.   GSI Folding Toaster  Coghlan’s Folding Camp Stove Brass Alcohol Stove

I revisited the 1894 Rhubarb Pie Experiments, with great results. Because of the length of cooking time and the meringue top, I am sticking with the foil pie shields but I may have to invent some reusable ones for these tins.  BTW I find that once seasoned, I don’t have to add any more grease more »

Join me for a Fourth of July Lobster Boil, here in my backyard in Portland, Maine. Warning, there will be graphic depiction of crustation carnage and mollusc mayhem. Into this vintage enamelware lobster pot, I cook up some Maine grown corn on the cob, Maine Lobsters and some locally collected Softshell Steamer Clams. While I more »

I ran across the recipe for Sunshine’s now extinct Garibaldi Biscuits.  Which were a fruit filled biscuit in the English definition of the word, or a butter cookie with dried fruit in the American usage.   Traditionally in the UK it is made with currants, and in the US with golden raisins, I’m of the opinion more »

I am fascinated with this unusual tinned steel pan, I have never seen one this old with straps and rivets instead of lead solder. So the chance to restore it for use was exciting. My best guess is that it was 1880s, as I did find an advert with a strapped frame and rivets instead more »

Still have a bit of rhubarb left, so time to put some in jars. I started with a rhubarb chutney recipe I found but it seemed rather lackluster. So I added cranberries, currants and some apricot I had leftover. Also in there is cinnamon, ginger, cider vinegar and brown sugar. Next time I may only more »

Trigger Warning: bivalves will be killed and eaten for your viewing pleasure…and my lunch. I always buy mussels when I see them, and in Maine we are spoiled for choice. Harbor Fish had lovely Bang Island Mussels, so I had another outdoor feast… all shellfish tastes better outside. Bang Island Mussels are sustainably farmed and more »