Category Archives: Maine Morsels

Through the looking glass: inside a fish shack

Ice house, fish shack

The tiny houses dotted along a frozen surface are irresistible to any one with a camera in hand. Their simple shapes in the middle of a field of ice, surrounded by forest and mountain, have inspired coffee table books and appeared on the covers of magazines. They represent a culture, a world, and, for those […]

Groundhog’s Day Maine-style

Vodka infused with Candlemas symbols: round peppercorns, sun yellow lemons.

Maine does not have a famous resident rodent to predict winter’s length, but February 2 was the day to see what Mother Nature has in store long before Punxsutawney Phil was a gleam in his mom and dad’s eye. Whether or not Phil sees his shadow on February 2 is believed to be an indicator […]

Mrs. Peel gets a tree

Tree lashed to car

Wild Maine Christmas trees have uneven branches, irregular shapes, bare spots, gaps, and are not dense and lush. They are simply trees cut from the woods, where they grew and adapted to what was happening around them. We are large in number who love these true and honest trees. Some call them Charlie Brown’s, but […]

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 […]