Japanese Knotweed: Invasive and Tasty


Every weekend that we’re both free, Ian and I like to go for a long, scenic nature walk. I call them hikes – because for me, they are – but Ian’s idea of a hike involves a mountain trail, and usually his dad. We also have been wanting to find the time to try foraging, and since spring is […]

Instant parents. Just add barium…

You may have noticed that I didn’t have any new recipes to share this week. There’s a reason for that, and it’s more ridiculous and amazing than any excuse I could have made up. This past Sunday was my thirty-second birthday. I’d been having some pain in my lower right abdomen for the past few […]

Tasty ways to use leftover Easter eggs

This year, my family’s Easter celebrations were understandably tinged with sadness. The day after Easter, my family and I gathered in my parents’ hometown of Newburyport, MA to say a final farewell to my godfather and uncle, who passed away recently. While the circumstances of the visit were not ideal, it was nice to get to meet […]

Fresh pineapple: inexpensive and in season


As Fortune family legend goes, when my mother was pregnant with me, she craved pineapple like mad. Personally, knowing my mother’s penchant for pineapple in general, I have my suspicions that this was less a craving than a very convenient and plausible excuse for eating one of her favorite foods in abundance – but either way, I can’t blame […]

Maple cheesecake with maple-glazed pecans

Photo by Ian Marquis.

Not that “normal” is a term that tends to apply to my life, or me, or Ian for that matter, but things are starting to get back to normal-for-us around here; I will be starting work soon, and am almost completely recovered from my illness, and Ian has contracted the awful chest cold going around, but […]

For breakfast and birthdays, let them eat cake


As Gilda Radner used to say (in the guise of early SNL character Roseanne Rosannadanna,) “It’s always something. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.” I find that to be true in most areas of life, but specifically in my kitchen these days. I have spent the better part of the last week laid up […]

Meals from an overwhelmed kitchen


As I may have mentioned, we recently moved to Portland from Bangor. It’s been a period of extreme adjustment for us, in no small part because my new kitchen is about a third of the size of my old one, and I’ve been breaking my brain trying to get all the tools and appliances I use most frequently to […]

Maine-made maple products


Since tomorrow is Maine Maple Sunday, and I’m too excited to think about anything else (but my new kitchen is still in too much of a state of disarray to actually make anything this evening) here are a list of some of my absolute favorite Maine maple products. Some of them are very local, meaning that […]

Tender triple-maple barbecue ribs — in the oven!


This week, we packed up our kitchen and moved it from Bangor to Portland. We’re still digging ourselves out from under the boxes (and trying to figure out how to fit all my frequently-used kitchen items into my tiny new kitchen) but while I was in the midst of tying up loose ends and packing everything up […]

St. Patrick’s Day boiled dinner, reimagined


I’ve seen a lot of food personalities’ re-imaginings of the classic corned beef boiled dinner in recent years, from Rachael Ray’s “Irish nachos” to Guy Fieri’s “St. Patrick’s Linguine,” and everything in between. It’s very hard for me to accept these recipes, even though I’m sure they’re quite tasty, because the traditional dish was so […]