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Clam Chowder

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Clam Chowder

At the beginning of September, close to a full, harvest moon, Oliver and grampa-Albie, went to the coast to dig some hen clams. They learned of a secret clamming spot from a friend who assured them they would go home with lots of clams, gathered in a very short period. True to the friend’s word, they shared a beautiful evening, digging clams on the coast of Maine at a super low tide. Oliver excitedly brought his cooler ...

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The Perfect Pizza Dough

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The Perfect Pizza Dough

We’ve been making pizza in wood fired ovens for a few years now. The ovens have evolved over time and so has the dough. When I first started making dough I used a recipe from “The Laurel’s Kitchen Bread Book” and used only whole wheat flour. Nutrition is important to me and I was determined to master the art of baking with whole grains. The dough was good. It had nice nutty flavor and was ...

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From the Oven

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From the Oven

A week in review through food photos. Please post your own creations to share and inspire.

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Brioche (“Baking Artisan Bread”, by Ceril Hitz)

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Stick Buns (“Whole Grain Breads”, by Peter Reinhart, with my modifications)

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Crispy Wasabi Salmon

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Crispy Wasabi Salmon

The colors of spring jumped out of this recipe. The purple cabbage and vibrant green peas. These aren’t vegetables locally available in our northern region at this time of year but these colors are here. Purple of pansies and violets. Green of the popping foliage, irises, grass.

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This is my favorite time of year… although, ...

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Dedication to the Oven

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Dedication to the Oven

The oven sits out back.  It calls to us, telling tales of cooking adventures possible and past.  We engage in its temptations whenever possible. Sometimes it’s easy and joyous, surrounded by friends and temperate weather conditions, casting its warm glow long into the night.  Often however, the circumstances are less ideal and yet still we light and tend and tend and cook.  Recently we found ourselves in the latter situation.  Our home was filled with visitors, eager to experience some oven ...

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From the Oven

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From the Oven

A week in review through food photos. Please post your own creations to share and inspire.

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Kale pesto, asparagus, ricotta and smoked salmon pizza

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Kale pesto, sausage, ricotta, roasted pepper and mushroom pizza

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More Pain Rustique

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Bread Baker Extraordinaire

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Bread Baker Extraordinaire

Ok, so that’s not actually accurate. As I have stated before, I can bake bread. It is edible, healthy and tasty. But I am on a quest to bake “really good” bread. I have access to a wood-fired oven- that is a substantial tool in the “really good” bread making process. I have several cookbooks on hand to enhance my skills and recipes. So… I’m ready to go.

Today I used the recipe for ...

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Highlights From A Busy Autumn

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Highlights From A Busy Autumn

This fall was chock full of special occasions here at Maine Wood Heat and in our family. We hosted a ping pong tournament at the shop that successfully raised money to support the programs of Maine Street Skowhegan. This event brought together lots of local folks for an afternoon of wood fired pizza, ping pong and socializing. The shop was transformed to create a festive stage for the event. Balloons and Christmas lights livened up the space where ...

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A Family Affair

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A Family Affair

On Friday, Albie, my kids and I headed to Belfast to the Maine Fare, local food event. The morning was busy with food preparation and gear gathering for a full day away from home with three kids and a mobile oven. We arrived in Belfast with the event in full swing, the town looking festive and well attended. The sun was shining and there was a feeling of fall in the air. Albie expertly maneuvered the oven ...

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Broccoli Soup and Blueberry Pie

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Broccoli Soup and Blueberry Pie

The broccoli is ready! I have a smallish garden plot at my father-in-law’s house this year and I planted lots of broccoli because I love it. I’ve watched the plants grow, getting stronger and larger as the summer sun warmed them and the rains gave them water. I don’t get to tend the garden as much as I would like, but I check on it at least once a week. My last couple garden visits rewarded ...

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