Many people tell Meredith Goad that she has the best job in Maine, and most of the time she agrees. Maine has a crazy appetite for food stories, and it’s Meredith’s job to satisfy those cravings with juicy tales from chefs, food producers, local farms, and the state’s fast-growing restaurant scene. Her work appears in Wednesday’s Food & Dining section and the Sunday Source section, and occasionally, but not as often as she’d like, on the front page. A native of Memphis, Tenn., Meredith shamelessly flaunts her knowledge of good barbecue in front of her Yankee friends. She earned a bachelor of science degree in wildlife biology from Colorado State University, then studied science writing at the University of Missouri, where she received a master’s degree in journalism. She spent the first 20 years of her career covering science and environmental news, then switched to features in 2004, just as Portland’s food scene was taking off. Her own most memorable meal? Back in the 1980s, on assignment in Finland, she shared a dinner of reindeer and Russian vodka with Maryland’s governor and a bunch of hungry scientists. Meredith lives in Portland, but spends much of her time off back in Tennessee - either visiting family, or in online archives, researching her family’s history.

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  • Published
    November 10, 2010

    Cookbook Corner: ‘I love bacon!’

  • Published
    November 10, 2010

    Soup to Nuts: Shellacious toppings

    Once, oysters were as much a part of holiday celebrations as cranberries and champagne.

    There’s never been a better time to revive this tradition. There are dozens of Maine oyster growers who can supply the freshest shellfish for your holiday table.

    Toss out the overpowering cocktail sauce and dress them with an oyster mignonette instead, and you’ll have an easy yet elegant appetizer to serve at your seasonal parties from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve.

  • Published
    November 3, 2010

    Cookbook Corner: ‘Harvest to Heat’

  • Published
    November 3, 2010
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    Soup to Nuts: DO try this at home

    WESTBROOK — Stephen Foster, 11, was pretty convinced that taking a cooking class was going to be boring.

    But then he got a knife in his hand and found that he likes chopping fresh garlic to make marinara sauce.

    Here’s the budding chef’s review of a stir-fry, which he recently tried for the first time: “I don’t know what it’s called, but it’s a whole bunch of vegetables mixed together. And it was really good because I thought I didn’t like vegetables, but it turns out I did.”

  • Published
    November 3, 2010

    Food Dispatches, Nov. 3, 2010

  • Published
    October 31, 2010

    Book review: Who ya gonna call?

    It’s Halloween and you’re looking for a little fright reading – just in time comes ghost hunter David J. Pitkin with a new book on New England spirits.

  • Published
    October 30, 2010

    Shopping lists, lines and leis

    ‘Good morning, Portland!’ and customers fill the Marginal Way store.

  • Published
    October 29, 2010

    Isn’t it grand? Trader Joe’s opens

    PORTLAND — Trader Joe’s fans in Maine finally got their wish this morning when the popular grocery store chain opened a new location on Marginal Way.

    By mid-morning, the crowds were causing major traffic back-ups on Marginal Way.

    Customers started lining up well before 7 a.m. to get into the store, which opened at 8 with a lei cutting, clapping and cheering.

    Marsha Marley of Portland arrived at the new store at 6 a.m. with hot chocolate and a book. She said she was there for bargains, and "to get a look at the store."

  • Published
    October 28, 2010

    Sneaking a peek at Trader Joe’s

    The Trader Joe’s rumor mill has been churning overtime, so let’s start by setting a couple of things straight.

    First, despite the rampant Internet speculation and breathless phone calls to the new store at 87 Marginal Way, there will not be a “soft opening” today.

    The grand opening is still scheduled for 8 a.m. Friday, with a “ceremonial lei cutting,” live music, hourly drawings for bags of Trader Joe’s products, and children’s activities.

  • Published
    October 28, 2010

    Sneaking a peek at Joe’s

    The first Maine store opens Friday, featuring an ‘old Portland’ theme and the products Joe’s fans adore.

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