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Nancy Harmon Jenkins

  • Maine Lobster Stew

    Lobster stew, in all its simplicity, is a total celebration, a glamor dish reserved for Christmas Eve or for special guests arriving from away who want their first taste of…

  • An Ounce (or More) of Sauce

    “An ounce of sauce covers a multitude of sins.” Anthony Bourdain Never underestimate the power of fine olive oil to sauce almost any food. Salad, of course, and cheeses, fish, meat, vegetables…

  • FALLING INTO FALL

    This old earth is gently slipping into autumn, just as she does with admirable precision every year at this time. And just as precisely and predictably, in the northern hemisphere at least,…

  • CAPONATA SEASON

    It’s that rarest time of summer, late August to early September, when for just a few short weeks it feels as if Maine has taken off for the Mediterranean. The…

  • Pickles? It’s that time again!

    “Vinegar? Anyone know where I can find white vinegar?” The plea was on a local Facebook message board. “Especially Heinz.” It’s pickling season here on the coast of Maine and, like…

  • Finest Kind: Lobster Chowder

    Not everyone in Maine celebrates the year-end holidays with lobster, but in my family, my mother considered a bright red lobster a proper commemoration of the feast, whether Christmas or New Year’s.…

  • Lentils for la Cenone

    It’s a tradition in Italy, one I honor and respect each time a new year rolls around: lentils for Capo d’Anno, the top of the year, almost…

  • It’s All About the Excess

    It strikes me that Americans, though we profess an ideal of simplicity, are seldom content with the actual concept—especially at the table where we talk about how…