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Making Dye with Your Dying Beets

In my opinion beets are one of the most versatile root vegetables on the market. Beet juice is an all natural food dye that can add a layer of brilliant color to many dishes.

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Save Your Aging Bananas

There comes a point when your bananas become limp, soft to the touch with a dark spotted skin that’s less than desirable in appearance and texture. But, there’s a sweet opportunity underneath that blemished peel…

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What You See is What You Get

Unfortunately not all new restaurant owners and chefs have the ability, or capital to outfit their kitchen or establishment with all the bells, whistles and gadgets one would envision being in the culinary space of their dreams.

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Brown Bread… A New England Classic

Canned brown bread, also known as Boston bread, is a long lasting shelf stable bread that’s well worth every twist of the can opener required to access it.

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The Thyme to Save Your Herb Stems is Now

By simply submerging your herb stems, thyme, oregano and rosemary work best, in a container of vinegar you will soon have (after a resting period of a few days) an herbal infused vinegar…

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Chef’s Pantry: Wicked Clean

Maine based Wicked Strong cleaner and degreaser makes the work of a dreaded end-of-night cleaning a little easier, safer and environmentally friendly… green.

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Bacon, Rendering Phat Flavor

Most establishments use bacon in some capacity. Those who do know there is normally a considerable amount of fat remaining from the rendering (cooking) process; in some cases nearly 20% of your bacon is rendered to the form of fat…

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Caribou Lasagna

This gluten free rendition of lasagna was inspired by the Greek dish Moussaka, which I first experienced on my recent visit to Athens. Moussaka, much like lasagna, is a Greek dish comprised of layers of potato, ground meats, eggplant and tomatoes.

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Caribou Shrimp

Tender shrimp enveloped with crispy thin strands of local potatoes is sure to be a winner on any menu, winter, spring, summer or fall. As an appetizer or an entree Caribou Shrimp is a unique menu item with local flare.

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Caribou Spaghetti

This potato and vegetable based pasta-like dish is vegan, gluten free, hearty, comforting and full of flavor… the full meal deal. 

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Split Pea Soup, a Winter Staple

Growing up in Maine, the smell of split pea soup simmering was always tell tale sign that the chill of changing seasons was officially upon us and winter was about to settle in for the long haul.

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Mussels in a Bread Bowl

More often than not mussels are generally served with a couple thick planks of toasted bread used for sopping up the juices from the cooking process… also known as broth diving.

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Caesar Salad Bread Bowl

For this Caesar salad, I like to treat the bread bowl as if it was a crouton (a giant round crouton), seasoning with the same garlic flavor profile as I would a standard crouton.

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Is it Bread Boule or Bread Bowl?

The season of hearty fare and soups is upon us, and so to is the need for us to come up with fun creative dishes to match the seasonal appetite changes of our guests.

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Timbale of Crab, Avocado & Watermelon

This timbale is an ideal representation of summer. Fresh layers of mildly spicy crab, sweet watermelon, buttery avocado and vine ripe tomatoes are flavor balanced in a way that spotlights the individuality of layers…

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Gazpacho

Whoever said summer is not soup season has clearly never experienced Gazpacho. This vibrant refreshing soup is well known in Spain, parts of the Mediterranean and other areas of the world that boast a subtropic/tropical climate.

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My Feelings on Peelings

There comes a point when we as restaurateurs need to evaluate all aspects of every product used within our business. This holds an important value when many kitchens produce a plethora of menu items from scratch…

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Chef’s Pantry: Hi Honey!

Honey starts as flower nectar collected by bees, which gets broken down into simple sugars that are stored inside the honeycomb before collection…

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To scale or not to scale?

Gain tighter control of your costs by practicing good scaling. Allowing your scale the opportunity to eliminate guesswork will help keep profit where it belongs… within your operation.

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Chef’s Pantry: Maine Sea Salt

For naturally enhanced flavors, add Maine Sea Salt Co. products to your repertoire. Their Maine-made sea salts are unrefined, dried by the sun and hand harvested…