Woo-Wee, summer in Maine is made for whoopie pies! These sweet grab and go treats are the perfect ending to a family bbq or a lobster bake. Native Maine stocks Ananias’s traditionally made Whoopies. Traditionally made you say? Yes, these are made with the original vegetable shortening and marshmallow crème filling, no fancy French buttercream here! Available in classic chocolate (the best!) and also pumpkin, blueberry, peanut butter, mint, and raspberry flavors; call Native Maine’s customer service department for more info!
And just to continue the Whoopie pie theme, here’s some Whoopie fun facts!
Even though you and I know that Whoopie pies originated in Maine, there are people from away who believe differently. Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Virginia all claim to be the birthplace of the whoopie pie. Virginia, really?!? So where did they come from?
COOK THIS! No, I’m not giving you a recipe for whoopie pies; the Ananias’s are so good! What's in season locally, inexpensive, easy to work with, and plentiful? Zucchini! What do with the scores of the little green monsters multiplying like crazed bunnies in your garden? Sure, zucchini is great sautéed, roasted, and baked in a gratin but have you considered a fritter? These fritters are a great side dish, a super vegetarian option, and a great breakfast option with an over easy egg on top of it!
1 1/2 pounds zucchini (about 3 medium), grated
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus more for seasoning
1 large egg
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch4 tablespoons scallions, minced
Freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup vegetable oil or as much as needed
DO AHEAD: Fritters can be made 30 minutes ahead. Keep warm in a 200° oven.
Hi Ho Everyone! Welcome to a special mini Fourth of July issue of Local Lore! Read on for 4th of July food fun facts, a local, vendor profile, and a tribute to red hot dogs.
July 4 Fun Facts
Vendor Spotlight: W.A. Bean & Sons
4 Million of those 150 million hot dogs were made right here in Maine by one of Native Maine’s top vendors, W.A.Bean! Over 150 years old and spanning 5 generations, WA Bean provides our customers great sausage, smoked poultry, natural casing hot dogs, and delicious honey-glazed hams (a winter holiday favorite!).
In 1860, Albert Bean came to Bangor and set up shop as a butcher on Ohio Street. In a few years his one-man operation grew into a slaughterhouse and a major meat wholesaler, on its way to 150 years of family-owned success. 1918 was a special year: after decades of making sausages, the company began making hot dogs, which would become a signature product still popular today. By 1919, the company was officially "W. A. Bean and Sons," as sons, grandsons and granddaughters worked in and grew the business. Spiral-sliced glazed hams, red-hot hot dogs and chicken sausages were introduced to entice customers. Most recently, WA Bean introduced Haggis to their product roster; made from sheep’s pluck and heavily spiced, it’s a Scottish staple, but nobody else is doing it in Maine. The company also produces tripe, once very popular but now truly a niche market for W. A. Bean.
More on those red hot dogs:
So you see, you can travel the world eating red hot dogs!!! Bon Voyage and Bon Appetit!!!
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July everybody!!!
HERE WE GO! The Maine growing season has begun! We started with foraged fiddleheads and ramps then progressed into asparagus! Now, we are getting into the sweet stuff with the start of pur much celebrated local strawberries!!!! These little gems are highly prized for their sweetness and their beautiful dark, crimson color. We received our first batch of these little beauties from White Oak Farm in Warren, Maine. The local strawberry season is short lasting about 3 to 4 weeks from mid-June to mid-July. So get them while they are here! And don’t forget, when you’re considering local strawberries for your establishment that the weight of the local berries is 11# per flat vs 8# flat for our California berries. The Maine berries are denser and have a higher sugar content which leads to a more delicious berry!
COOK THIS!! Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler with Butter Cookie Dough Topping
Lifted directly from The Best Recipe published by Cooks Illustrated.
This is an easy, delicious recipe to use with almost any fruit, but its best with strawberries and rhubarb. The sugar in the topping provides enough sweetener so that you don’t have to use much in the fruit. Also, the topping can be made ahead; be careful though, it's really tasty and may not last long!
½ cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
½ cup sugar
1 large egg yolk (one whole egg if doubling recipe)
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups fresh local strawberries
1 cup rhubarb
1 tablespoon cornstarch
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
KITCHEN HACK with Fun Facts What comes with all this delicious summer fruit? You guessed it, fruit flies!! Here are some fruit fly fun facts and two quick and easy fruit fly fixes!
Fruit Fly Fixes Okay, now that I’ve fascinated and disgusted you with fruit fly fun facts, I bet you want to know how to get rid of these pests. Read on below for 2 simple, effective remedies using apple cider vinegar.
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