I came across a recipe for chicken francese (aka francaise, aka chicken French) on the New York Times Cooking page the other day. I was like, “OMG, I’d forgotten all about this!” Comes with age. At 28, I find I’m forgetting a lot of things :-).
Stuart’s stories: Twenty-seven seconds into Charles Stuart’s beautiful new short film “Sheepscot River Stories” we see two preteens jump from the side of a low rural bridge into the Sheepscot River on a sunny day, a just-audible squeal of delight coming from one of them before the camera pans up to take in a wide shot of the grandeur of the river and the deep-green woods on the horizon.
Cream puffs, also called profiteroles, are totally ridiculous and, well, creamy, puffy bundles of heaven. When was the last time you had the pleasure of biting into one? And I’m not talking about the ones you find in the frozen section at the grocery store. I’m talking about a freshly made cream puff.
Wally’s art: There’s an art exhibit currently on the walls of Pemaquid Watershed Association’s office-gallery in Damariscotta titled “Remembering Wally.” It is a retrospective of the artwork, in various mediums, of the late artist Wally Margaret Huber Schweighauser, who would have turned 105 on Sept. 3. She passed away in 2016 at the age of 103.
I get a daily email from New York Times Cooking. Not because New York Times is in awe of my column, but because I signed up for it.
Multitasking artmaker: South Bristol painter and silkscreen artist Joy Vaughan is getting ready to host a public sewing event on Saturday, Oct. 6 in front of the kNOw S.U.P. office in downtown Damariscotta, right next door to Midcoast Kayak. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., she and 25 volunteers will be taking turns manning four sewing machines on which they will sew dozens of canvas bags to give away to anyone who wants one.
I made clam chowder for the first time last week. I don’t know why I never made it before. I’ve made haddock chowder a million times. Corn too. Even haddock and corn. But never clam.
We both would like to take this opportunity to inform everyone that the Damariscotta Historical Society is hard at work on its cemetery projects. We had a silent auction at Skidompha Library and did very well. We now have printed a 2019 calendar showing Main Street, with many old photos of buildings along Main Street from the bridge to the Baptist church at the intersection of Main Street and Route 130.
The artistic life of Joe Lugosch: Last Thursday afternoon, I entered the cozy studio space of jewelry designer, jewelry maker, and actor Joe Lugosch at Peapod Jewelry in Edgecomb to find him at work on a carved-wax prototype of a maple leaf pendant.
You know what BLT stands for. CEC stands for chocolate egg cream. Together they make ATAM: a totally awesome meal.
Sweet wood art: Travelers along Route 126 between Jefferson and Whitefield may have noticed the large totem poles at the end of one Whitefield driveway. I have admired them on passing and wondered just who was responsible for such striking work, which reminds me of totem poles I have seen in British Columbia, Canada.
I hope you are enjoying the cooler weather as much as I am. I know it’s a sign of weather to come that we may not like, but let’s enjoy the fall season.
With media awareness on the rise, with the admission of faulty tests, and the FDA fast-tracking a Lyme vaccine, it makes you wonder, “Why are medical providers still so defensive when it comes to Lyme and tick-borne disease?”
Labor Day weekend is over. How is that possible? The older you get, the faster a year goes. Of course that’s not true. A minute is still a minute, an hour is still an hour, a day is still a day, and a year is still a year. But still.