Orange Pecan Granola

#RecipeUpTop (details below): 3 cups oats; 1.5 cups shredded coconut; 1.5 cups pecan halves; 2 egg whites; 1/4 cup vegetable oil; 1/4 cup brown sugar; 1/4 cup honey; Orange zest (to taste); Ground cinnamon (to taste); Salt (to taste); Chia/flax mix (optional) In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until foamy. Add theContinue reading “Orange Pecan Granola”

Storm’s a Comin’

Everyone in Maine loves the weather. Now, I don’t mean we’re always thrilled with what it’s actually doing at any given moment, but everyone is gleefully consumed by the general concept of weather. Due to the various atmospheric properties of this part of the country, and unlike other places I’ve lived, the State of MaineContinue reading “Storm’s a Comin’”

Mountainside Water Bagels

#RecipeUpTop (details follow): 100% bread flour;60% water;10% vegetable oil;2% salt;1% active dry yeast Combine ingredients and kneed until the dough passes the window-pane test. Let rise until doubled in size, then shape into bagels and proof for 20 minutes. Simmer in water laced with molasses for 2 minutes per side. Top with desired seasoning, andContinue reading “Mountainside Water Bagels”

Staying Warm

One of the most common misconceptions I hear about Maine is that folks seem to believe that six months of the year, we live in a frozen hellscape with murderously cold temperatures. The truth is, much of Maine is actually pretty temperate by winter standards, particularly the coast which benefits from the warming effects ofContinue reading “Staying Warm”

The Intersection of Hobbies

Part of living in rural Maine and staying sane involves an application of alcohol. Now, before you cast temperance-flavored aspersions, understand that even our state government sponsors television advertising suggesting that, hey, you there, you might need a drink about now. (If you think I’m joking, please fall down the rabbit hole of Maine SpiritsContinue reading “The Intersection of Hobbies”

Maine Potato Chowder

#RecipeUpTop:4 slices bacon2 cans corn (or fresh equivalent, in season)1 red bell pepper1 small yellow onion3 celery stalks4 large Maine potatoes1 quart chicken stock (optional)Whole Milk (to taste)Salt and Pepper (to taste) Method: In the bottom of a large dutch oven or sauce pot, render the bacon on low heat until crispy. Remove, and setContinue reading “Maine Potato Chowder”

The Vagaries of Old Maine Deeds

In the last ten years, a maelstrom of improbable events dictated that I buy and sell three different houses. Two were in South Florida, and the third is our current home in Maine. While South Florida has its own (exceedingly plentiful) real estate issues, the property descriptions and deeds are at least relatively straightforward. ParcelsContinue reading “The Vagaries of Old Maine Deeds”

10 Chickens? What’s that all about?

Well, there’s a story. The wife and I knew something needed to change, and a plan had started to form. We were going to pull the rip-cord on our lives and vanish into the pine scrub of rural Maine, and as the initial groundwork for our escape, we had started implementing new practices that we’dContinue reading “10 Chickens? What’s that all about?”