• Springtime Risotto

    May 28, 2014

    My garden is in! Memorial Day weekend was reserved for the big plant. When my girlfriend came up for a spontaneous weekend, I put her to work putting my potential-filled seedlings in their sturdy (and new) raised beds. Tomatoes dominate, along with hot peppers, cucumbers, carrots, onions, leeks, and my favorite, shallots. Cauliflower, raspberries,...

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    Apple and Fennel Salad

    April 14, 2014

    I have a confession to make. I am still eating comfort food, even though I mentioned experiencing a certain ennui around said food in a previous post. I am still tucking away a gratin or a enchilada casserole from time to time, but I thought I would share something light, crunchy and easy to...

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    Indiedanceworks

    April 4, 2014

    Pipelette is on the road. Feeding the dancers and their fans at Indiedanceworks’ performance this weekend at the beautiful Portland Ballet Theater on Forest Avenue in Portland.

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    Halibut and Shellfish En Papillote

    March 25, 2014

    Winter is hanging on here with a firm grip, but it’s not as dire as it might seem. It’s cold and clear, with skies ranging in color from powder- to cobalt-blue. It’s especially lovely at dusk when the sky becomes infused in color, and the leafless trees explode in full relief against their canvas....

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    Chocolate Pots de Creme

    February 13, 2014

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Chocolate is on the menu. Much like any other day, but today I added some heat and some eggs to make a more festive dessert. It’s the day before Valentine’s Day, and the much ballyhooed Nor-easter is barreling up the coast. Before the snow began in earnest, I scooted out for...

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    Pipelette Goes Retail … Again!

    January 31, 2014

    Great news! Rosemont Market, a fabulous produce, seafood, and prepared foods market with three locations in Portland, and one in Yarmouth, placed their first order of Pipelette’s gluten-free brownies. I will be selling them initially at the Brighton market, and fingers crossed, will be able to share them with other locations in the future....

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    Roasted Squash and Apple Soup

    January 21, 2014

    Soup season is here. It’s a year-round season for me, but it’s especially satisfying this time of year. In my West Coast life, I used to host Soup Nights and gather friends together around a big pot of soup and potluck contributions. I hope to make it an East Coast tradition one of these...

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    Baby It’s Cold Outside (Roasted Poblano and Corn Chowder)

    January 4, 2014

    I moved to Maine for winter, among other things. I have yearned for snow and nature’s more extreme shows of bravura. Last night’s Nor-easter was Nature at its boldest (and coldest).  I have been duly initiated into the season after many years on the more mild West Coast. I am looking out over my...

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    Gift Basket Season

    December 5, 2013

    It’s gift basket (box) season at Pipelette, evidenced by confetti-like shredded red and cream-colored paper scattered about, cello wrap and ribbon, and reindeer-festooned boxes. I am streamlining my kitchen to efficiently bake and package hundreds of sweet and savory treats. The first round went out earlier this week, and I am preparing for round...

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    Stuffed Chiles

    October 29, 2013

    As I look out my office window, one grand tree (an oak?) is leafless, stripped bare and ready to bear winter. To its left, golden and green leaves hold tight to their limbs of an elm, and to the right, in my yard, a red/burnished orange leafed-tree, which I gather is a sugar maple,...

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