• Spicy Guinness Mustard

    June 11, 2014

    I am a bird-lover, yet blissfully ignorant of which is which and who is who, as a friend recently reminded me after I once again proclaimed that love. In other words, he intimated I should know a bit more about the objects of my affection. So, I am collecting information. I have my Birds...

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    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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    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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