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Pizza
Entrees

Pizza

I have been making pizzas at home (and in Italy on my Foodie Tours) for years and would like to share my recipe for a thin “cracker style” crust and my simple to make pizza sauce. I will also share some tips for successful pizza making and recommend some of my favorite tools that I use when making pizzas at home.

Grilled Thai Beef Salad
Salads

Grilled Thai Beef Salad

This Thai Beef Salad was one of the first Thai dishes I learned as a young cook. The combination of these key “Thai” ingredients culminates in a truly amazing taste sensation.

Beef Bourguignon
Entrees

Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon (or Boeuf Bourguignon) is a thick, rich French beef stew made with lots of red wine, aromatics like carrots, onions and garlic and garnished with small pearl onions and mushrooms. Traditionally it is cooked in a large Dutch oven, but in this post, I will show you how to cook it long and slow in a multi-cooker, crock pot or instant pot.

Corn and Lobster Chowder
Soups

Corn and Lobster Chowder

Chowders, of course, are quintessential New England. Maine is especially known for its clam, fish and seafood chowders. Lobster and corn combine to create an exceptional chowder that is creamy, rich and hearty.

Figs
Gardening

Growing Figs

I have been actively growing figs in Maine for the past 3 years. I have over 100 fig trees with over 25 varieties. Join me on a tour of my greenhouse and learn about propagating figs.

Papaya-Kahlua Colada
Cocktails

Papaya-Kahlúa Colada

Mary Jo and I used to stop at the fresh fruit market in Aruba on the way home from work to pick up a few Caribbean papayas for this refreshing island drink. It’s a great drink for a hot summer day or to start off a Caribbean themed party and the Kahlúa elevates a traditional Pina Colada to a new level.

Cold Smoked Salmon
Appetizers

Cold Smoked Salmon

Cold smoked salmon is cured for 24 hours and gently smoked at a low temperature. With cold smoking, the salmon is “cooked” by the curing process and then exposed to smoke in a cool environment to impart smoke flavor.

Lemon-Dill Butter
Sauces

Lemon-Dill Butter

Compound butters are so versatile and easy to make. Flavor combinations are endless and this combination of lemon and dill pairs well with cooked fish.