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Seasonal sipping

Fall cocktails at local restaurants
If you’ve got special reason to drown or celebrate this fall, Portland’s mixologists offer several autumnal elixirs that take advantage of the flavors and clean-slate feeling of fall.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 14, 2009


The queen of Cambodian cooking

Her friends call her 'So Peep'
Makara Meng, co-owner of Mittapheap World Market, welcomed me to her relative's suburban house in South Portland for an authentic Cambodian dinner.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  September 23, 2009


In 10 years

From a handful of restaurants to a restaurant town
It wasn't always that Portland was "America's foodiest small town."
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  September 16, 2009

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Finding a way

Making Nicaraguan gallo pinto
If it weren't for Nicaragua, Jenny Sanchez and her favorite dish, gallo pinto, wouldn't be here. She's a 75-year-old grandmother. She's short, has wavy dark hair, black eyes. She leans over slightly even when she's standing upright and has a stiff, belabored walk. She lives alone in a neighborhood of single-floor apartments.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  July 01, 2009

spring list

Spring roll work area

American people under construction
In America, you can make your way through life without cooking. My friend is a Warmer Upper. Her meals are hot dogs and other frozen, jarred, or packaged things you heat up. And yet, she was at my house one afternoon for lessons on how to make fresh spring rolls.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  June 03, 2009

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Adventure cooking

Indian prawn curry breaks all the rules
Cooking Indian food by myself for the first time felt like skydiving; it went against all my instincts.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  May 06, 2009


A better brunch

If you can't make it out, here's what to do at home
There is no worse fate than the purgatory of Sunday brunch. The scene is almost universally the same: after a night of aggressive drinking and merriment, boozy plans are laid to meet up in the morning for brunch.
By TODD RICHARD  |  April 29, 2009


The borscht I kissed once... an underground hallway — and rediscovered at home
When I was working at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, two housekeepers who didn't speak English but giggled a lot brought in a pot of their family's borscht for the employee meal. In the dark basement hall where the employees ate, I tasted serious family-secret-cooking.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  November 19, 2008


Portland chefs get Bizarre recognition

What's cooking?
This summer, I ate a junebug. Actually, I ate three junebugs, prepared three different ways.
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  November 12, 2008


Celebratory swigs

Holiday bottles that don't break the bank
How do we celebrate the holidays during a global financial fiasco?
By TODD RICHARD  |  November 12, 2008


Sweet genius

The Vietnamese bánh mì — created to please
While the charms of Kim’s are ineffable, we can explain why the occupied Vietnamese invented such a delicious sandwich.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  October 29, 2008


Persian pleasantries

Making Iranian eggplant stew
I went to the Kismet Inn a couple blocks from the water in downtown Bath to learn how to cook the innkeeper’s Iranian eggplant stew.  
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  October 23, 2008


Pumpkin primer

Turn the fall harvest into a feast
For budget-conscious shoppers, the arrival of pumpkin season is a boon.  
By TODD RICHARD  |  October 17, 2008


If you’re not sweating...

...something’s wrong with you
A sculpture on display at Filament Gallery this summer memorialized one of Jamaica’s great cooks. Her likeness is carved out of wood, sanded and polished with butcher’s wax.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  September 24, 2008


Get your goat

Start a stew at International Market
In the former home of the Portland Spice Company, the International Market is open for business in a neighborhood packed with multicultural food offerings.
By TODD RICHARD  |  September 17, 2008


Treat yourself

Don’t waste your sugar intake
Of all the hoaxes pulled on humanity, the infernal taste-bud map takes the cake.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  September 10, 2008


Laymoon is lemon

How a Lebanese woman makes tabouleh
El-taha’s house in Falmouth is populated with an easy Lebanese-American combo-culture.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  August 27, 2008


Buying in

Local food is no longer more expensive
Buying goods from our immediate area has swollen from a good idea into a movement to make it a good habit for all Portland residents.
By TODD RICHARD  |  August 20, 2008


Super nanny

There's more to goats than cheese at Hamdi
Margaret Hathaway, a true goat expert who traveled the US on a quest for the perfect goat cheese and wrote a book called The Year of the Goat, informs me that goat is the next hottest meat.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  July 30, 2008


It's cookout weather!

Fending off the picnic “fruitcake”
If you’re attending (or hosting) a cookout, then have a heart and offer your guests something besides the obvious norm. Here are a few ideas.
By TODD RICHARD  |  July 23, 2008
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