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News from the Maine Coast

Some weeks there is more news than another. Last week I think I found 3 stories to share and this week was the exact opposite. So much fun stuff going on so lets dig right in!

Mother Nature has overruled the Romans this past weekend with snow in October. Here’s a slideshow of some photos viewers of WMTW – our local ABC affiliate.

Rockland Glee Club
Rockland Glee Club

Rockland Glee Club Takes the Stage (Village Soup) – Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, is part of the Rockland After-School Alliance (RASA) and provides community service, leadership and enrichment opportunities to all youth ages 11-17 from anywhere in mid-coast Maine… (sharing this because my daughter is part of the Glee club šŸ˜‰

‘Thriller’ brings Halloween spirit to Rockland (Village Soup) –Ā As part of the Rockland Afterschool Alliance, several local students showed off their ghoulish moves for International Thrill the World Day Saturday, Oct. 29.Ā The annual global tribute to Michael Jacksonā€™s epic dance video “Thriller,” Thrill the World attempts to set a world record for the largest simultaneous “Thriller” dance.

Chocolate the lifeblood running through new cookbook (Bangor Daily News) –Ā If there actually was a Chocoholics Anonymous, its members would definitely have to avoid Kate Shafferā€™s new book, ā€œDesserted: Recipes and Tales from an Island Chocolatier.ā€ Itā€™s 176 pages of recipes and stories about chocolate ā€” and life on a small Maine island. Itā€™s deep, dark, delicious, occasionally salty stuff. (Article includes a recipe for Black Dinah Chocolate Tiramisu!)

Natural Foodie: Sharp, careful eye brings Maine mushrooms from forest to tableĀ – (Portland Press Herald) –Ā On a crisp morning at the end of October, chef David Ross and I step off a dirt road in Kennebunk and head into a forest dominated by pines and smaller hardwood. Our objective: To track down a few chanterelles and any other wild mushrooms we can find this late in the season. This trip will mark one of the last of the year for Ross, who is an avid mushroom forager and the owner of 50 Local in Kennebunk.

Carrot Leek Au Gratin
Carrot Leek Au Gratin

The Maine Ingredient: Here’s to Raising Braising Awareness (Portland Press Herald) –Ā Braising is a wonderful method of cooking that is perfect for days when you are around and want the house warm and cozy, but don’t want to fuss much. (Sharing this one because it’s a yummy recipe and the newspaper used a photo I made šŸ™‚ )

Eight Thoughtful Food Books Worth Reading This YearĀ (The Kitchn- a blog) –Ā It’s been a while since I shared some of my favorite recently published food books. My desk is relatively tidy, but it becomes a sort of cocooned library of food books as the review copies stack up.Ā Recently I was scanning these volumes and realized that many of the books that came out this year have a really thoughtful aspect to them. (National blog that included a Maine cookbook!)

Chefs participate in cooking class to help food pantry (Portland Press Herald) –Ā Chefs fromĀ mid-coastĀ restaurants are volunteering for a four-week Maine Adult & Community Education cooking class at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 12 Hodge St.Ā Proceeds from the classes fund a free cooking and nutrition program for clients of the church’s Help Yourself Shelf food pantry.Ā The program teaches people in need how to prepare nutritious meals with healthy, inexpensive ingredients.