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A Virtual Trip 'Down East' To Maine Through Food!

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Molly AdamsStamford, CT
NYC cook making the most out of a tiny kitchen! Senior Editor, feedfeed.
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A Virtual Trip 'Down East' To Maine Through Food!

2020 has looked a little different for everyone. Vacations, graduations, weddings and weekends away have been put on hold and most of us have gotten VERY familiar with our homes. Throughout quarantine I've strived to find the 'silver linings' (not easy to do!), and one thing I have been grateful for is the opportunity to spend more time at home cooking. I've also been pleased to find so many amazing brands and resources that will deliver right to your door. 

I usually am lucky enough to have the opportunity to VisitMaine at least twice a year.  From skiing on fresh powder at Sunday River to enjoying Lobster Fest in Rockland to brewery hopping in Portland, I've had my fair share of fun Down East. When my plans to visit this summer had to be put on hold, I was so happy to learn about retailers like Luke’s Lobster, Maine GrainsWyman's Wild BlueberriesCrooked Face Creamery and Atlantic Sea Farms that are either available in stores or can ship right to my front door.  I was able to bring that VisitMaine taste to my home which was the perfect way to tide me over until I am able to head 'Down East' next year!  

Check out some amazing recipes featuring VisitMaine products below, and be sure to listen to the playlist of Maine artists we created HERE for some virtual road trip vibes! --Molly Adams, Senior Feed Editor
 
Brown Butter Lobster Rolls by @mollyjean4

Since I wasn’t able to make it to VisitMaine this summer, I had to get creative with my lobster roll fix, and thanks to Luke’s Lobster I put together some of the BEST lobster rolls I’ve ever tasted.  Luke’s sends a perfectly packed kit complete with 4 split top buns, a packet of their addictive seasoning and one full pound of cooked and prepared lobster meat; fresh from the source. All that’s left to do is toss in a little browned butter, some fresh herbs and you’re good to go. 

Summer may be coming to an end, but I’ll definitely be ordering this kit long into the fall to capture that VisitMaine feeling. 

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Vegetable Quinoa Kelp Kimchi Bowls With Spicy Tofu by @dianemorrisey

Located in Saco, Maine, Atlantic Sea Farms is the first commercial Kelp Farm in the US and they are a mission driven company working hard to make a positive impact on the ocean and the environment. They offer a wide array of delicious fermented and raw kelp products which add amazing flavor to a variety of dishes. Fresh kelp is one of the most nutrient dense products on the planet and their Raw Kelp Kimchi adds just the right hit of flavor to this Veggie Packed Quinoa Kimchi Bowl. You can order from them here!

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Charcuterie Board With Maine Cheese by @eatingwith_em

Can you really get to know a state without trying some locally made cheese? I think not! Just like fine wine gives you a sense of terroir, so does hand-crafted dairy products like the award-winning cheeses made at Crooked Face Creamy in Skowhegan, Maine. All of the cheeses produced at Crooked Face Creamy are handmade in Maine using whole milk from Jersey Cows, plus these delicious products are preservative free!  Need a cheese fix now? You can order from them here.

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Maine Blueberry Cupcakes by @the.chaotic.mommy

Wyman’s of Maine has been proudly family owned in Maine since 1874 and have a variety of frozen fruits that are the perfect addition to smoothies, baking, cooking or just by themselves! Not only do wild blueberries have 2x the antioxidant activity as ordinary blueberries but frozen is actually fresher! By freezing the wild blueberries within 24 hours of harvesting allows the berries to maintain their ripeness and taste. Check out where to find them by you HERE. Pick up a bag (or two!) and make these delicious cupcakes for a taste of summer all year long. 

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Frozen Cannoli Bars by @eastcoastfeastcoast

Maine Grains serves bakers, brewers, chefs and families freshly-milled, organic and heritage grains sourced from the Northeast. Located in Skowhegan, Maine, their traditional stone milling process ensures nutrient-packed products that are full of flavor and perfect for natural fermentation baking and cooking. These Cannoli Bars come together super quickly and set up in the freezer, no baking required!  If you would like to set up an order for these amazing artisanal grains, click HERE to order. 

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