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Authentic, velvety ice cream is a cool and natural fit in Maine

In 1984, then-president Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation making July National Ice Cream Month, and the third Sunday of July as the official “National Ice Cream Day”. That means this Sunday is THE day, fellow ice cream lovers! The average American consumes 22 pounds of ice cream annually.  (Since I consider myself to be above […]

Simple fake honey from an everyday belittled weed

Recipes flutter about on social media like flies to..well, honey. I saw one such recipe as it floated by on the wings of one of my Facebook groups.  It was a site I typically only half pay attention to, because some of the members are…well, a little….over-the-top.  A little too focused on end-of-the-world, apocalyptic scenarios, […]

Salt is the cure for just about anything

Most of us have heard the phrase, ‘The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears or the sea”. So who wouldn’t want your own bottled version? For me, the best recipes are born from great stories and histories, just as some of the best products are born from a single, random thought. An […]

Cheerful fellowship and heavenly syrup delight generations

Envision for a moment your idea of what the perfect down-home, small town experience might be like…imagine the interaction with family and friends, strangers who become friends quickly, worn wooden chairs next to a heated stove, comfort, warmth and lots of fellowship. Now intertwine the aroma of warm maple syrup, the sublime taste of maple […]

A scandalous new twist to an authentic Irish treat

With a name like Colleen Maguire, it’s pretty obvious I’m Irish.  Now that I’ve established my  heritage (and therefore, trustworthiness), can I speak for most folks of Irish descent on a couple of issues? First, and most importantly, we don’t mind that you want to participate in St. Patrick’s Day. In fact – we love […]

The hypnotic danger of ‘no questions asked’

It won’t be a surprise to anyone to say that I am passionate about farm-to-table products/education and long-term sustainability in agriculture (among many other things).  I believe in moderation and balance in all things. I wholeheartedly endorse shopping locally, educating consumers and knowing the basics of growing your own food naturally. But what does farm-to-table […]

A woman’s day you never knew existed, but should

International Women’s Day is on March 8th. Believe it or not, it became an official working-class holiday 105 years ago. (Why haven’t I heard of this before, and why is this not a national holiday in the United States? C’mon Hallmark!) On March 8, 1857, garment workers went on strike in New York City demanding 10 […]