Heirloom Maine Recipes & Relics

Discovering Maine traditions through cookbooks, antiques, and more

Apple-Cranberry Relish

Apple-Cranberry Relish This sweet, sour & devilishly spiced old fashion relish pairs particularly well with turkey, pork, or lamb. Keep the relish in the ice box for up to three weeks, or process it and it will keep for one year Ingredients: 2 apples, such as Mac or Gala, peeled, cored, and roughly chopped 1 […]


THREE DOG MAC & CHEESE From the folks living in the coldest spots in Maine – “three dogs” are always needed to keep warm on really cold winter nights. If cold weather has got you down? Here’s how to make the perfect mac and cheese to warm you up. A fine layer of Parmesan cheese […]

Heirloom New England Pumpkin Soup

Heirloom New England Pumpkin Soup Whip up this classic New England pumpkin soup as a starter for a dinner party or a light supper when you need a bit of comfort – it has a lovely silky texture. Refined over generations of tweaks, substitutions and what was on hand at the time, this creamy pumpkin soup recipe is […]

Traditional Damariscotta Oyster Stew

I first tasted this wonderful classic oyster stew when I was a teenager, and I have been a fan ever since. My mom would make our traditional oyster stew for Christmas Eve, and just before bedtime, we would have a cup of this briny goodness. The secret to the rich buttery warm flavor is coddling […]

Williston-West’s Holiday Haddock Chowder

My friend Freddie & I love all things about the holidays, especially the delicious foods that surround them. Year after year we would walk over to my neighbor, the Williston-West Church, in Portland Maine’s tony west end, for their holiday tag sale, which always took place the first Saturday in November. But we didn’t go […]

Downeast Maine Lobster Cakes

“Any kind of fish cakes speak of New England, but little cakes of lobster make you think of the Maine coast. These are very tasty. You can even put them in a hamburger roll and make a “lobstah” burger” Ingredients: 1/2-pound fresh cooked lobster meat (tails, claws & knuckles) 2 white bread slices, crust removed […]

Searching for History: The State Theatre Marquee

UPDATE: Back in January 2016, the State Theatre had received a substantial  grant to address the poor appearance of its replacement marquee from the 90’s. Here is the article. Fast Forward to August 2017, and NeoKraft Signs of Lewiston has been granted with the daunting task of reproducing the iconic marquee – from old photos! […]

Shrimp and Lobster Ravioli with a Limoncello Cream Sauce

Shrimp and Lobster Ravioli with a Limoncello Cream Sauce  Looking to make something special for late summer – how about shrimp and lobster ravioli with a luscious limoncello cream sauce? It’s so full of flavor, not too heavy, and the light limoncello sauce just enhances all the chunky seafood tucked inside. It’s elegant and perfect […]

Lobster and Cream Cheese Wontons

Lobster and Cream Cheese Wontons “A cross between a rangoon and a potsticker. The bonus is that they’re not deep fried, but pan sautéed in non-stick spray. These delicious golden packets are impressive because they are homemade with fresh Maine lobster.  INGREDIENTS: 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature 8 ounces lobsters or 8 […]

Buttery Blueberry Lemon Cake

Buttery Blueberry Lemon Cake

Buttery Blueberry Lemon Cake is made with fresh Maine blueberries! Deliciously sweet and perfect for summer! The cake is buttery, fruity, tangy and creamy like a cheesecake.  It has a delicious crust. And it’s easy to cut into neat pieces!  Try this delicious dessert for all of your summer BBQ’s! Ingredients: 1 box lemon cake mix 3 […]