Category Archives: Maine Morsels

Samphire, seepweed and seaside salad.

Samphire, Bombay Sapphire gin, and cucumber cocktail

Samphire, seepweed and seaside salad, that’s a tongue twister, and after a samphire-Sapphire adult concoction, I prefer to savor the flavor of these Maine edible plants instead of trying to say them. Samphire is a lyrical word for an earthy and salty edible plant that grows along the seaside. It frequently keeps company with sea […]

Gather blueberries while you may

Energetic blueberry picker

Nothing lingers in summer. Things bloom, fruit and fade so quickly I feel as though I am living in a time-lapse video. I gather chanterelles, and over my shoulder see Amelanchier berries, plump, deep purple, ripe and ready. Oh, and the sumac is at its prime. In the garden the peas need picking, I planted […]

Maple syruping for beginners, Part 2: Tapping

Drilling a tap hole

After you get all your equipment together, it’s time to tap. (for equipment: http://mainemorsels.bangordailynews.com/2014/03/23/maine-morsels/maple-syruping-for-beginners/) Choose your trees Sugar maples have a higher sugar content than other maples, which means you get more syrup per gallon of sap. We have a few sugar maples, but use mostly red maples. The flavor is as deep and maply […]

Cranberries in March? Yes, it’s the best time to pick.

Plump red winter cranberries

We went cranberrying in Northeast Creek in November, but did not get many. It was a banner year for cranberries, too. All my fellow foragers and gatherers were telling tales of over a dozen gallons, and easy picking. But I needed cranberries for the holidays, so gave up hunting, and went to Snugglemagic Farm pick-your-own […]

How to make the world’s best salt

Seawater full of salt

I do not use a lot of salt when I cook, but when I do, I reach for the very best salt, bar none, on this planet. It is Zea Salt, and I harvest it here in Otter Creek when the wood stove is running. Sea salt is very easy to make, and if you […]

Winter outside, spring inside: How to force branches to leaf

Forced forsythia

I’ve noticed forsythia twigs are now for sale in the local grocery stores. If you can’t go out and snip a few twigs yourself, bringing these home to blossom while the outside world is still in the deep freeze is a way to bring spring into your heart. I also cut aspen, red maple, and […]