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Pickett Street Cafe Inspired Breakfast Bagels with Smoked Salmon

The 158 Pickett Street Cafe in South Portland, Maine, offers a terrific breakfast and lunch menu centered around homemade bagel sandwiches, running the gamut from the classic New England bacon, egg, and cheddar to the “Hippie” with hummus, cucumbers, carrots, greens, and seeds. All are served in a wonderfully clever yet basic Maine fashion—artfully arranged in a pie tin rather than on a regular plate. My husband’s favorite breakfast has long been a toasted bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon, so it is no surprise that this is our favorite combination to order at the Pickett Street Cafe, no matter what the time of day.

Pickett Street Cafe gussies up its bagel and smoked salmon presentation with thinly sliced cucumbers, red onion, capers, and sprigs of fresh dill, garnishes we now love to use at home as well. I have even gone so far as to buy a couple of old pie tins so we can totally relive the Pickett Street Cafe experience when in our Cape Cod kitchen. Plain or whipped Philadelphia cream cheese is absolutely fine to spread on the bagels, but if you are feeling extra energetic you may want to stir up a batch of my Preppy Cream Cheese, a family favorite. Needless to say, high-quality smoked salmon is a must to serve with the bagels and the hardwood-smoked salmon from Sullivan Harbor Farm in Hancock Village, Maine, is an excellent choice to use here.

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Simple Stovetop Lobster Bake

If there were his/hers, Mars/Venus lobster bakes, this would definitely be hers and mine, while the macho backyard wheelbarrow lobster bake undertaking on page 116 could be gleefully ceded to my husband. What I love about this indoor stovetop recipe is that it is easy, pretty, tasty, and can be made at any time of the year, providing that local summer corn isn’t vital to your lobster bake enjoyment. I have often assembled this stovetop lobster bake in the snowy depths of winter, and it really hits the spot as a welcome interlude to a steady cold weather diet of thick soups and stews.

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Hooray for Holiday Beef Brisket

Whether you cook a beef brisket for Hanukkah or simply because it always makes for a crowd-pleasing and delicious holiday meal, this recipe – enlivened by COASTAL GOODS premium FLEUR de SEL & WYNAD PEPPERCORN BLEND is a keeper, destined to become the brightest light at your celebratory table. You will need a slow cooker to make the recipe. Read More...

Cast-Iron Skillet Chicken with Sarah’s Sea Salt

The only thing better than “a chicken in a pot every Sunday” is this delicious chicken roasted in a cast-iron skillet and served any night of the week. This is one of our favorite ways to roast chicken and a dinner destined to bring comfort and joy in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Read More...

Connecticut-Style Hot Lobster Rolls

While I used to remain partial to the more popular mayonnaise-based lobster rolls sold almost everywhere else throughout New England, I have to admin the Connecticut-style lobster toll, in which a toasted hot dog bun in stuffed with hot butter-soaked lobster meat is a fine creation and one that actually reminds me of my all-time favourite New England Lobster recipe - Lobster Fried Over Cold. I believe most Connecticut-style lobster rolls are made by heating the lobster meat filling in clarified butter but I have discovered that warning the lobster meat in Kate's Sea Salted Butter from Maine heightens the overall New England savour just that much more. Read More...
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