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!|
It’s that time of year….Fiddlehead time! Even though we may take for granted here in Maine the selecting, gathering, and cooking of these tasty spring morsels, it might not be a bad idea to review some “official” words on the process. Here’s a link to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Bulletin #4198, Facts on Fiddleheads. I’ll bet there is at least one fact there that you didn’t know. Enjoy the recipes at the end of the article.
How about something different on the Thanksgiving table this year. The library has a wide selection of cookbooks to peruse. Try something new! It may become a new family classic.
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.