Category Archives: Terrific people

“Obvs.” 60s slang. Salad dressing. Troy Jackson.

Ruminations from my back porch — millennial slang, 60s slang, a great celery seed salad dressing, and Mainers are getting psyched to see Troy Jackson run for Governor in 2018.

Joe Hyde’s Pommes Dauphine

Pommes Dauphine is a classic French dish combining potatoes with a choux pastry – difficult to make but fabulous to eat. And we revisit more memories of my late cousin Joe Hyde, “semi-legendary” chef among his celebrity clients and friends.

Chef Joe Hyde’s high-heat roast beef

Who on earth would fish for striped bass, chest-deep, in a suit and derby hat? Who would tell you to age your game meat just long enough for it to attract maggots? Welcome to the wild world of Chef Joe Hyde, caterer to the stars, and my second cousin. Also, a beautiful high-heat roast beef recipe from Joe’s cookbook – it’s all in the timing.

“Grit and Grace” Rocks Camden Opera House

I’m a sucker for really good dance performance – dance that bends the rules, keeps us on our toes. “Grit and Grace” at the Camden Opera House April 1 and 2 was all of that, and a lot more. Awesome stuff, thanks to Kea Tesseyman and her Kinetic Energy Alive company of dancers, ages 6 to 60.

Gillian’s amazing potato bake — and near disaster in Nova Scotia

Remembering a rollicking night of excess just doing my job as a journalist and TV writer, the story of John and Marge Fairservice’s survival on a rock in the ocean, and a delicious warm-me-up potato dish provided by my daughter-in-law Gillian.

Whelk fritters, and remembering Sapelo Island

Remembering the vanishing Eden of Sapelo Island, Georgia, my all-time favorite photograph, and tender and delicious whelk fritters. What else? Oh, a tip of the hat to the Park Street Grille…