Letter from the Editor

The (Re)connecting Issue

I haven’t had a dinner party since Friday, March 6th.


In the face of a pandemic; ongoing protests over racial and social injustice; deepening political divides as Election Day looms; extreme weather events wreaking havoc across the country; and economic uncertainty the likes of which we haven’t endured in decades, my desire to be the “Hostess with the Mostest” seems almost too trivial to express.


But I do so to make a point. The dinner party is my failsafe connection maker. As I moved from one mailing address to the next and one job to the next, inviting people to gather in my dining room to enjoy local food and drink has always planted seeds for new relationships and sparked conversations to make them grow. I sorely miss making those connections.


This issue centers on Mainers (re)connecting over food despite the circumstances that physically and socially distance us. We feature a co-housing development in Belfast, a budding vegan baker who doesn’t focus on what’s missing from her goods, a chef from “away” who moved to Kennebec County to homestead, and thru-hikers taking communion along the Appalachian Trail. We highlight fall cocktails from Maine distillers, New Mainers growing and processing food, fishing families harvesting seafood recipes to share, and a chef talking about hospitality in inhospitable times.


We invite you to connect with all of them.


Cheers,

No. 14 / Fall 2020
Christine Burns Rudalevige

No. 14 / Fall 2020

Editorial in this issue

Not Your Grandmother’s Commune

Not Your Grandmother’s Commune

Sharing, Caring, and Co-Housing in Belfast

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Making Chicken Equitable Again

Making Chicken Equitable Again

Common Wealth Poultry Co. Raises the Bar for Meat Processing

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From Away and Making Food Connections

From Away and Making Food Connections

A Homesteading Life in Kennebec County

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New Roots, New Markets

New Roots, New Markets

Somali Bantu Farmers Prove Cooperative Farming Works

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Boils, Bakes, Fries, and Feeds

Boils, Bakes, Fries, and Feeds

Savoring the Community of Seafood

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Communion on the Appalachian Trail

Communion on the Appalachian Trail

The Company Is More Sustainable Than the Food

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The Secret to Home Vegan Baking for the Masses?

The Secret to Home Vegan Baking for the Masses?

Don’t Mention the Vegan Part

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Modern Country Cooking for a Crowd

Modern Country Cooking for a Crowd

Seasonal ingredients, simple skills, satisfied eaters

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The Spirits of Fall

The Spirits of Fall

Maine Distilleries Create Cocktails to Reflect Local Harvest

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Tying Up the Loose Ends

Tying Up the Loose Ends

Suggestions on How to Use Up All the Edible Bits and Pieces

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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Maine Baked Beans

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Maine Baked Beans

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Cooking, Consistency and Connections, and Cooking

Cooking, Consistency and Connections, and Cooking

Northern Union’s Chef Romann Dumorne Discusses Comfort Zones in an Uncomfortable Time

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Seafood as an Accessible Family Affair

Seafood as an Accessible Family Affair

New Book to Connect Cooks, Fish, and Coastal Communities

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Fast and Local Fare Is Engrained in South Berwick

Fast and Local Fare Is Engrained in South Berwick

Fine Dining Fixture Turns Fast Casual

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Edible Inn and Around: Squire Tarbox Inn, Wiscasset

Edible Inn and Around: Squire Tarbox Inn, Wiscasset

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Recipes in this issue

Almond Cornmeal Loaf

Almond Cornmeal Loaf

Wry Smile

Wry Smile

Hibernating Honey Bear

Hibernating Honey Bear

Triple Walnut Vinaigrette

Triple Walnut Vinaigrette

Porchetta with Salsa Verde

Porchetta with Salsa Verde

Vegan Chocolate Cake with Chocolate-Espresso Frosting

Vegan Chocolate Cake with Chocolate-Espresso Frosting

Coffee Caramel Sauce

Coffee Caramel Sauce

Salted Cider Mule

Salted Cider Mule

Cuddly Cabin

Cuddly Cabin

Warm Maine Crab Dip

Warm Maine Crab Dip

Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e Fagioli

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

Thai-inspired Sweet and Sour Broth

Thai-inspired Sweet and Sour Broth

Maine Leaf Peeper

Maine Leaf Peeper

Buckwheat Crackers

Buckwheat Crackers

Blackberry Buckle

Blackberry Buckle

Pickled Hen of the Woods

Pickled Hen of the Woods

Vegan Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes

Vegan Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes