In 2006 a local publisher, Tilbury House, published a book by Sarah Rolph that celebrated a local diner, the A 1 Diner. The book gives a history of the diner featuring both those who work behind the counter and those in the kitchen. Many recipes that have become customer favorites are revealed in the book. Below is one of them. For more of these wonderful recipes and to enjoy the history of this local institution, visit the library to borrow the book, A 1 Diner: real food, recipes, and recollections by Sarah Rolph.
Green grass, blooming buds, and sunny skies all make us want to get outside and savor every minute. In the Archives, the budding season makes us look at old treasures with new eyes. This week, a 1928 cookbook compiled by Christ Church Parish Helpers made me wonder what tasty treats might make a perfect step-back-in-time picnic.
Here’s a selection of some of the most seasonally appropriate offerings for an outing. See if anything strikes your fancy and let us know how they turn out (we’d be happy to taste test samples!) And while we’re on the subject, what are some of your own long-standing family favorites? Share some with us on Facebook — and have a very Happy Picnic Season!
|This is the most marked-up recipe in the book – it must be good!|
Summer time is salad time . . . . and nothing beats the comfort foods of Maine like those featured in the cookbooks of Marjorie Standish. Cooking Down East was published in 1969; Keep Cooking – The Maine Way was published in 1973. Both books are available at the Gardiner Public Library. Try the recipe that follows for macaroni salad or check out one of the titles to look for other down home comfort foods from Maine.
Backyard Grilling: Last weekend, I joyfully cooked hamburgers and hotdogs outside on the grill with friends and family. Of course, the ground was covered with snow, but the food and camaraderie were fantastic.
We are coming up to the big party date. Here are some books to get you in the mood.
And all hail to Marjorie Standish and her down-home Maine recipes. Marjorie was a local resident who was the longtime food columnist for the Maine Sunday Telegram. Her two books of collected recipes – Cooking Down East and Keep Cooking – The Maine Way – are both available to borrow from the Gardiner Public Library.