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Damariscotta to Boothbay to Rockland gems?

We like Waterman's Beach near Rockland - out past Owl's Head Transportation Museum but plan to visit McLoon's after reading raves about it. Don't know how we've missed it since we usually do a lot of exploring. One year, might have been June, we ended up at a Volunteer Fire Dept lobster benefit. It was pretty good even if a slice of pie cost extra.

about 13 hours ago
dfrostnh in Northern New England

Rustic garden party ideas needed

I think lemonade and iced tea would be great. Have fresh mint in the iced tea. If anyone has a lot of lemon balm, there's a good tea that can be made from that.
I think it would be fun to have different veggie jams over creamed cheese. i.e. tomato jam, hot pepper jelly. Yesterday under duress I served a friend's zucchini relish on top of cheese and crackers. It was pretty good and she was happy I finally opened the jar she gave me.

There's a Bisquick recipe for an appetizer pizza. The baked biscuit in a sheet pan is spread with a cream cheese mixture to which I add dill if it isn't specified in the recipe. Top is decorated with halved cherry tomatoes, broccoli florets, etc. Cut into squares.

Mini quiches baked in muffin tins could be shredded zucchini types.

Thumbprint cookies filled with herbal jellies or jams.
Chocolate zucchini bread or brownies.
Zucchini chocolate chip cookies are wonderful.

For a children's activity - hand cranked homemade ice cream? This used to be something we did at family parties. The ice cream machine gets passed around so everyone can take a turn.

There's a technique for making ice cream in baggies that's been demoed at a local farmers market but I didn't see how it was done.
Another activity would be hand churned butter into which herbs could be mixed and then used as a spread of homebaked bread. I have an old glass jar churn. I've seen new ones for sale but in grade school we just took turns shaking it in a glass jar.

2 days ago
dfrostnh in Home Cooking

Lunch near Ogunquit

We've had good luck at Mike's.

Fermented Dill P:ickles, can they be canned and processed?

I should date the stuff I have fermented and stuck in the back of the frig. My favorite is salsa starter and I eat it until it's gone and then make another quart. I use a Perfect Pickler gadget that fits on any wide mouth jar (you can buy a single half gallon jar at some craft stores) for fermenting. Since my husband does not eat fermented vegetables or pickles, this works out well for me. Can you consider small batches? Refrigeration slows down fermentation. Flavor may change the older it is but that could be ok.

Aug 28, 2015
dfrostnh in Home Cooking

Ideas for planned leftovers/make ahead meals

Some things taste better reheated such as pot roast (done in a crock pot) and beef stew. Teenager could put large roast chicken in the oven to be done when you get home. Baked potatoes, too. Then leftover chicken can be reheated or turned into a casserole or chicken pot pie. I use a Mark Bittman recipe for pizza dough that can be frozen or rise all day (improves flavor). Then just roll out and decorate for dinner. Might be good choice for Fridays. American chop suey can be reheated on Thursday. Crock Pot pulled pork can cook all day but shred while it's still warm and serve the next day. Also freezes well.

Our son started learning to cook and enjoys cooking when they camp out. He is one of the chief cooks for a long adventure week on a desert lake bed and helps on the pit crew for an offroad race. He's popular.

Aug 26, 2015
dfrostnh in Home Cooking
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Shiso on my porch

Nice story. I should have read it sooner. I have a couple of seedlings in my flower garden but obviously, that bed needs a lot of improvement because I don't have a forest of seedlings. What do you do with fermented shiso? Is it good on sandwiches? I started small batch fermenting last summer and I'm surprised how much I like it.

Aug 26, 2015
dfrostnh in Gardening

Portable Christmas Dinner

My grandfather was a firefighter so we got used to having Christmas on a different day every other year. But, a surprise would be very nice for you to do. I vote for a couple of crockpots full of turkey pot pie type casserole (just turkey and peas, maybe carrots) to serve over rice. You would have to borrow some crock pots or heat up batches in the microwave to keep refilling one pot. An easy salad is Winter Salad with lemon poppyseed dressing (romaine, apples, pears, cashews - it does contain swiss cheese but maybe serve on the side for people who eat dairy). And lots of cookies! Homemade rolls would be extra special.

Aug 25, 2015
dfrostnh in Home Cooking

Need new ideas for camping potluck side dish

-Roasted beet salad with candied walnuts and feta cheese. Roast the beets at home before the trip.
-Marinated sliced beets (recipe might call them pickled) which you can top with cheese and maybe sliced red onions.
-my favorite would be deviled eggs but I would put on a layer of ice until serving time.

I think you can do a version of grilled vegetables by putting things in a foil packet on top of your Coleman stove. Make sure to use heavy duty foil. Grilled onions and potatoes are always popular but perhaps add red peppers and/or eggplant and/or zucchini. Bet you can find a recipe for ratatouille in a foil packet.

Aug 25, 2015
dfrostnh in Home Cooking

Let's Do Something Different for the Holidays

Interesting question. I'm still in traditional mode but I think I keep the menu pretty basic. dh still wants turkey for Thanksgiving and loves leftover turkey. If I were to change, it would probably be to something easier but similar like chicken pot pie. We can buy great pies but that's an expense that could be assigned for someone else to bring. We have simple vegetables like frozen peas and mashed potatoes. What I do for "special" is make yeast rolls. There are some simple recipes.

For a crazy idea maybe turkey teriyaki grilled. A rice dish, great vegetable (sugar snap peas?).

Aug 25, 2015
dfrostnh in Home Cooking
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Mouth watering appetizer and light dessert recipes please!

For a light dessert, King Arthur Flour's website shows a new recipe for berry tiramisu. It is pictured with strawberries but the recipe says you can use fresh blueberries. It looks really good and their recipes are usually good (well tested).

I made roasted beet pesto earlier this summer to go on pizza. It would be good as a cracker spread. It was delicious. I've been enjoying marinated (lightly pickled) roasted beet salads with feta and candied walnuts. I could see cubing the beets and spearing them with a piece of cheese. I have had zucchini fritters in my someday file for a long time. Now I have an Ottolengthi recipe for corn fritters.

Aug 24, 2015
dfrostnh in Home Cooking

Planning for next year...

I'm a fan of lasagna gardening because our property is old sod, very thick. I don't need a rototiller. I just build up the beds and, in the spring, top with composted horse manure from a horse owner I found on Craigslist who mixes in bedding and kitchen scraps during the winter and turns it. This is a lot different from just plain horse manure that has been in a big pile that is never turned.

One year I sowed spinach seeds before adding the horse manure. Results were fine but the area that got composted horse manure before I did a second sewing product much bigger plants. I have also used cow manure heavily mixed with sawdust and although aged, it doesn't seem to break down well.

I have been lax about topping the beds with grass clippings and chopped leaves in the fall.

This is year two for planting winter squash in the same lasagna bed except I just added composted manure in the planting holes, not the entire bed. This was probably penny foolish. I also added organic fertilizer. When plant tomatoes and peppers, I add a couple of trowel fulls of worm compost and water with a fish emulsion mixture (follow label directions) to prevent transplant shock.

I guess basically I believe in adding more composted manure every year but I haven't had my soil tested.

Aug 24, 2015
dfrostnh in Gardening

Looking for Maine rec's for Camden & Portland + critique of choices so far for upcoming trip

We have been to Waterman's but not McLoons. Looks like there is more on the menu at McLoon's. We like Waterman's because it is so calm and peaceful there. We always get steamed lobster and maybe a piece of pie.

For Day 7 and a goodbye to Portland, how about Bite Into Maine lobster roll truck that is parked at Fort Williams Park in South Portland/Cape Elizabeth. We take bag chairs and find a spot to eat while looking out on Casco Bay. I liked their blueberry and corn side salad, too.

Day 5 lunch: there is the Sea Basket on Rt 1 in Wiscasset. Very basic, order at the counter place. Check when they are open. Last visit wasn't very good but previous visits were great. We liked the food from Schutty's Seafood truck parked in West Bath. I see recent reviews are five star. Doesn't look like much and you might have to eat in your car.

Best Tasting Beefsteak Tomatoes For a Home Garden??

Tastes differ among people. A friend loves Green Zebras but I don't. Check around to see if any nearby farm is having a tomato festival. Right now you also have the opportunity to buy a selection of tomatoes at a farmers market IF they tell you want kind they are. I sometimes ask. But bring paper sandwich bags with you so you can label them with variety. I have bought 6 different apples at an orchard so I can taste test them but can't remember the names if I don't label them. With tomatoes, we tend to reach for any variety that's yellow but I don't like to preserve yellows. My brain says tomato sauce needs to be red.

Aug 18, 2015
dfrostnh in Gardening

Dehydrating garden goodies

ElsieB, crumbling dried tomatoes on sandwiches is a good tip. I might not have thought of that. From what I've read, a lot of people add powdered greens to all sorts of things to add more nutrition. Some of the fruit leather recipes look yummier than I expected like the pumpkin pie leather. Hoping to do some good snack type things because I tend to enjoy an after dinner snack. Maybe a healthy cracker would be better than a piece of pie.

Aug 15, 2015
dfrostnh in Gardening

What to do with an overgrown cucumber

There's "ripe" pickling recipes. The one I have use is called Golden Glow. It's almost a relish if you cut the cukes too thin. The cuke is cut into spears, then the seeds cut out. But they are sweet. Perhaps you can adapt the recipe for less or no sugar.

Aug 14, 2015
dfrostnh in Home Cooking

King Arthur baking conference VT

The two private classes were done as cooking getaways. A minimum of 8 people needed for a private class which must be held on a weekday. We chose Fridays. The Norwich farmers market on Saturday is a great place to taste goodies and buy wonderful products. This spring there were great vegetable plants as well as prepared foods. We figure on having "breakfast" there. Next door to KA is a wonderful farm stand where I've purchased some unusual dried beans. St. Gaudens in NH is an interesting visit. One person did some hiking on part of the Appalachian trail. White River Junction next to Norwich has a small Turkish restaurant, the Tucker Box. If you have children, the Montshire Museum is a terrific place for them and your spouse to spend the day while you are at class. I will also now put Edgewater Farm in Plainfield (near St. Gaudens) on my source list for plants and later farm stand.

Aug 14, 2015
dfrostnh in Home Cooking

King Arthur baking conference VT

When I went to a class on my own, I think only 3 or 4 of us were fairly local. The guy I partnered with was on a New England vacation with his wife. Some had traveled quite a ways. But, staying over does add to the expense.

Aug 13, 2015
dfrostnh in Home Cooking

Dehydrating garden goodies

Thanks! weezieduzzit. The entire thread is an education. My new dehydrator should arrive today. The tomatoes are just starting to ripen but I have some greens to start with. Thinking good soups this winter with home baked bread.

Aug 12, 2015
dfrostnh in Gardening

King Arthur baking conference VT

OMG, I'm not sure I would have the energy to do a conference like that. I've been to three classes at KA. Each class has been just the right speed. There is so much to remember plus get home and put knowledge to work.

Aug 12, 2015
dfrostnh in Home Cooking

Dehydrating garden goodies

Anticipating a good crop of tomatoes this year, I have ordered an Excalibur dehydrator. I thought asking for recipes would be best on the gardening thread instead of home cooking. Do you grow extra veggies with the intention of dehydrating them? What is your favorite recipe book for dehydrated food?

Aug 11, 2015
dfrostnh in Gardening

What's your favourite potato recipe/ potato preparation? What variety of potato?

I forgot a really tasty zucchini and potato gratin with fresh oregano. First you need very thin slices. I think I bought my mandolin for this recipe. Hate to have the oven going during hot weather but I need to make this again.

Aug 11, 2015
dfrostnh in Home Cooking

What's your favourite potato recipe/ potato preparation? What variety of potato?

I read that planting potatoes left from the year before might promote disease. However, I have re-planted a few in a different bed. So far so good. But it's also fun to try new varieties if the sampler pack is going to be different each year.

Aug 11, 2015
dfrostnh in Home Cooking

pistachio oil

I checked Warner Market Basket yesterday. No pistachio oil but there was an empty space next to truffle oil on the top shelf. I couldn't read the tag for what was supposed to be there. Each Market Basket seems to cater to the local customers. The one in Warner, for example, carries an imported feta cheese that the one in Concord doesn't. If any Market Basket carries pistachio oil, I would check the one in Hooksett on 3A. I think it's one of the largest in the Manchester area.

What recipe calls for pistachio oil?

Aug 10, 2015
dfrostnh in Northern New England

Personal cooking habits, would you turn your passion into something further? (research)

I regularly donate prepared food to church suppers and bake sales. It's part of my community duty. I have also worked shifts at a fundraising event cooking and selling food to the public. There's a big difference between a home kitchen and cooking at the commercial level.

What I enjoy about cooking is feeding my family and making meals something to remember. This is in the category of "Mom's pot roast was the best". I'm a little competitive here. I like to make the most popular item at a pot luck. I like to get requests for recipes.

I also like the challenge and excitement of doing something new and different. I have thick folders of internet recipes and go through crazes like researching what I can make with zucchini. But I prefer vegetable gardening over cooking for non-family people.

I think there are too many people, at least in our extended family, who won't try new things. I would never cook meals for strangers.

Aug 10, 2015
dfrostnh in Not About Food

What's your favourite potato recipe/ potato preparation? What variety of potato?

Right now we've been enjoying potatoes and onions grilled in a foil packet. To speed up the cooking, I pre-cook the potatoes in my microwave steamer. We have purple skin/yellow flesh Peter Wilcox potatoes right now as well as a red skinned variety. Last year I grew a Classic Keeper sampler from Moose's Tubers/Fedco and ordered it again this year since we don't need a lot of potatoes (2 of us) and I like different varieties. I expected the same varieties but I guess they send different ones each year so I look forward to trying the new ones.

Two years ago I got the fingerling sampler which was very nice but I just couldn't get over all purple potatoes. I thought the grandchildren would love them but they thought they were "gross".

In the winter, we'll enjoy russets baked in the oven with something like meatloaf.

cooking for a crowd over a weekend

Watermelon, corn on the cob and some kind of sandwich for lunch.
Broccoli and dried cranberry salad can sit for a few days in the fridge so you could make ahead. Just don't add bacon bits. Maybe put a bowl of shredded cheddar cheese on the side for those who can eat dairy.
My favorite orzo and rice pilaf (can you get gluten free orzo?) starts off with sautéed carrots, onion and celery. After it is almost done, chopped zucchini is added.
I usually don't like chicken breasts but we have found the best way for grilled breast is to pound them to an even thickness. Use your favorite marinade.
Three bean salad is another that can be made ahead.
Ratatouille.
Potatoes are wonderful this time of year. If you want to speed up the time required to grill potatoes and onions in foil packets, microwave steam sliced potatoes for a few minutes. I don't bother to peel since the skins are so thin and I grow my own.

Aug 08, 2015
dfrostnh in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner? #380 - Insert weather-related title here [through August 11, 2015]

Busy week so two nights in a row we have had pulled pork sandwiches (made in crock pot the day before first dinner), corn on the cob from local roadside stand and watermelon.

Tonight, green beans and potatoes from the garden and something my husband can grill because it's summer and I want the living and eating to be easy.

can anything be done about cucumber beetles?

I put floating row cover over my winter squash when I saw cucumber beetles attacking zucchini plants in a different garden bed. The winter squash plants have done so well that I will always cover squash plants in the future.
Meanwhile, the poor zucchini plants looked almost done in. I squished as many beetles as possible but they are much faster than I am. My garden remedy is to douse with fish emulsion fertilizer (mixed with water per label instructions). It definitely helped the plants and they have survived. They aren't as vigorous as they should be but at least not a total loss. Cucumbers were planted late right next to zucchini but apparently missed the striped cucumber beetle invasion so next year a late planting might succeed for you.

This has been a very dry year for us so the good thing is my tomatoes don't have diseases. But I also think different flowers and herbs here and there have helped. Just beyond the vegetable garden is a strip of grass that is left to grow wild. We have a lot of birds which are eating insects in the garden. I tuck basil, lemon gem marigolds etc in different places among vegetables plants. Calendula marigolds, borage and dill self seed and have to be thinned out.

Aug 07, 2015
dfrostnh in Gardening

Manchester, NH area recs needed

Red Arrow Diner for early breakfast in downtown Manchester. Airport Diner on Brown Ave (off Rt 101) opens at 5am.

Aug 07, 2015
dfrostnh in Northern New England

lunch worth stopping for on the way to Camden?

How about Cameron's Lobster House on Bath Rd in Brunswick ME? We usually get off I95 in Brunswick and travel the rest of the way on Rt 1 to enjoy the scenery. I wouldn't call Brunswick a cute town but it's nice. Fat Boy Drive In further down the road heading to Bath was featured recently on Chronicles but we've never eaten there.

Aug 05, 2015
dfrostnh in Northern New England