Paella

Paella Dish

This recipe serves 18

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb chicken sausage (diced)
  • 1 lb Andouille sausage (diced)
  • 1 quart jasmine rice
  • 1 quart mirepoix (diced carrots, celery and onion)
  • 8 oz Sofrito (finely diced red and green pepper, jalapeño, garlic, cilantro and olive oil)
  • 750 ml white wine mixed with clam sauce (50:50) and one tablespoon of saffron threads (allow to set for one hour before using)
  • 16 oz can whole peeled tomatoes (juice removed, roughly chopped)
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Sea salt and ground pepper to your liking

  • 3 cull (2+ pound) lobsters (steamed and removed from shell)
  • 2 lb scallops (10/20 size) cleaned and lightly seared
  • 4 lb fresh fish (skin and bones removed, cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 3 dozen little neck clams (rinsed and lightly scrubbed in cold water)
  • 2 cups snap peas (chopping into pieces) of fresh shucking peas
  • 1 cup cleaned and chopped fresh oregano, parsley and mint – mixed
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Finding “{the} Lost Kitchen” in Freedom, Maine

The Lost Kitchen

cowsIn late March, on a quiet Wednesday morning an Estia breakfast customer overheard me describing my daughters summer job in Maine. As I moved back toward the kitchen he quietly suggested I look into a far away dining room in Freedom, Maine called {the} Lost Kitchen, “it’ll be well worth the effort” he said.

Freedom, Maine

If you passed the Post Office in Freedom, Main you missed the sign to the Lost Kitchen

So I did. That night, on the internet I read a story in Food & Wine about a sharp woman named  Erin French who followed her dream back to the town she grew up in. A few weeks later my new breakfast customer was back, again as I passed him at the counter he whispered ” Time to call Lost Kitchen”, and I did. It was early April and Erin had started reserving seats for her 2016 season, after a few exchanged calls I secured a table for 3, Wednesday July 13. Planned in tandem with our visit to catch up with Mansell, our 19 year old camp counselor.

Lost Kitchen outside

{the} Lost Kitchen

It’s not easy to find Freedom, Maine, GPS is strongly advised. After leaving our hotel in Camden we drove past gorgeous lakes, through pine forests and over hills that crested to views of farm fields that went on for miles. The nice thing about being on vacation in Maine is that you must slow down, in some ways I felt forced to. We didn’t need to hurry either as the reservation was set for 6pm. That is the time they start and there’s only one nightly seating at “Lost Kitchen”. Read More »

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Red Monterey & Chorizo Vermicelli

Red Monterey & Chorizo Vermicelli

(serves 8)

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts of water
  • 8 tomatillo (medium size, cut into 1/4)
  • 2 Spanish onions (medium size, cut into 1/4)
  • 6 red Monterey chili’s ( red jalapeno, chopped fine and seeded)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic (chopped fine)
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons sea salt
  • 2 cups chorizo (cured, diced fine)
  • 1 package Instant Rice Vermicelli Noodles ( cut into 2 inch pieces)
  • 1/4 cup grape seed oil

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Corn meal crusted halibut, red kuri squash & pole bean puree

Hopi Indian Corn crusted halibut, red kuri squash & pole bean puree

This recipe is a reflection of our 3 sisters garden of beans, squash and corn. Harvested and stored for the fall and winter. Follow the process of how our 3 sisters garden was planted,  how it grew and how it was harvested in our Seed to Plate video.

We will prepare a Halibut dish. Each piece of fish should be 4-5 ounces.
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Lobster Pasta

Recipe serves 6

Ingredients:

3 – 1 1/2 lobsters 
2 tablespoons of tomato paste 
3 cups of Mir Poix (celery, onions, carrots diced fine) 
Half a cup of butter 
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
Half a cup of white wine 
2 ripe tomatoes (core and chop)
1/2 a cup of heavy cream
1 quart of water 
Salt and pepper to season 
4 leaves of basil
2 tablespoons of chopped basil 
2 tablespoons of chopped parsley 
1 cup of fresh Shell peas 
1 box of thick spaghetti 

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Paella with Lobster

When Jessica informed me, “We will have 18 for dinner tomorrow night,” my mind automatically went to Paella. The first phone call was placed to Mrs. Iacono for two pounds of her Spicy Chicken Sausage. Then I called the Seafood Shoppe in Wainscot for four pounds of cod, two pounds of sea scallops, three cull lobsters and three-dozen littleneck clams. Just prior to leaving the restaurant, I organized a box of dry goods, a quart of jasmine rice, a quart of mirepoix, a wine bottle full of saffron infused wine and clam juice, one coffee cup filled with Sofrito, one 16-ounce can of “Muir Glen” whole peeled tomato and two quarts of chicken stock.  I grabbed a pound of North Country Andouille sausage for extra flavor. Read More »

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