Wednesday, June 19, 2013
If you find yourself in the Old Port on Saturday, stop by LeRoux Kitchen between 1 and 3 p.m. to meet the Northwoods Gourmet Girl, aka Abby Freethy, and watch her make some delectable hors d'oeuvres.
Freethy is based in Greenville, on the shores of Moosehead Lake, where she crafts healthy alternatives to common pantry staples. Instead of the sugary ketchups you find on grcoery shelves, for example, Freethy makes a "country ketchup," a jalapeno ketchup and a charred onion ketchup.
Some of her other products include habanero relish, jalapeno mustard, caramelized balsamic onions, and strawberry, raspberry and Maine blueberry jams. You can read about Freethy's story and view her entire product line here.
On Saturday, Freethy will be whipping up some baby Maine crab cakes with a spicy remoulade, and goat cheese and caramelized balsamic onion tartlets.
LeRoux Kitchen is located at 161 Commercial St.
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Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.
Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business before turning to journalism more than a decade ago. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs. A newcomer to Portland, she is an online content producer for the Press Herald.
Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or saxelrod [at] pressherald.com.
On Twitter: @susansaxelrod
Wendy Almeida and her family have a smattering of livestock and a summer garden. After 10 years of her kids being involved in 4-H, she's finally accepted the term "hobby farm" to describe her family's work at sustainable living. These days her morning starts with milking a goat before heading into the office for her day job as an assistant editor for features.
Wendy can be contacted at wea [at] mainetoday.com or on Twitter @wea1021.