The Flowers of Camden, Maine

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Camden Maine is one of the most picturesque towns in the world.  With its charming harbor on scenic Penobscot Bay, this Mid Coastal town’s population triples in the summer months. One visit and you will be smitten forever.  This picture-perfect seaside community  has been home to literary greats Richard Russo, Edna St-Vincent Millay and songwriter Don McLean.  The town was the setting for Peyton Place, Steven King’s Thinner and In The Bedroom. Publishing tycoon Cyrus Curtis called it home.  For all its illustrious  history and fame, the town has preserved its appealing quaintness and charm.image

The beautiful  harbor of course is the highlight of any summer visit to Camden. However, the gardens and flowers of Camden are a very close second. Continue reading

Using Fresh Flowers in Food Presentation

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“I’m into very colorful food obviously, lots of flavor but I think we eat with our eyes first, so it has to look great.  The presentation has to be great.”  Giada DeLaurentiis

When I entertain, I often turn to the garden to enhance the presentation of foods served.  I like to pair seasonal foods with florals also seasonally growing in the garden. I walk outside and just snip some flowers to add interest to a dish.  Most flowers will hold up without water long enough for this star role.  The elegance and simplicity of a bloom, leaf or berry cluster will add beauty to any dish and elevate it to art.  It enhances the visual appeal of a dish before it has even been tasted, engaging another one of our senses. Research has shown that when we find food more appealing visually, not only do we enjoy it more, we absorb more nutrients! Continue reading

Chilled Carrot~Ginger Soup

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Chilled soups are refreshing in hot weather.  This one transforms garden carrots into a velvety purée with ginger and honey imparting great flavor.  Quick and simple, it can be made ahead a couple of days or  frozen for future use.  To serve, it can be fancied up with a dollop of crème fraîche and chopped chives but is equally good plain. The same recipe can be made to serve hot as well.  I recently brought this soup to a friend and served it in Mason jars to travel easily and in style.image

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