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Portland, Maine

If L.L. Bean in Freeport, Maine, is a magnet for Down East travelers, a stop in Portland is also essential. Emerging from its backwater, down-at-the-heels 1970s era, Portland has become an exciting, thriving city with stellar examples of 19th and early 20th century Greek Revival and Victorian architecture, a working seaport, and a lively arts scene centered around the Maine College of Art and the Portland Museum with its superb collection of Andrew and Jamie Wyeth paintings. Walk down Congress Street and Fore Street, or wander the Old Port neighborhood to experience the city’s renaissance. Always a culinary destination for fabulous regional fare, Portland’s restaurants celebrate the state’s prized lobster (lobster rolls--Yum!), blueberries, smoked salmon (check out Ducktrap River Fish Farm), maple products, and chowders. Italian (similar to a submarine, hero or grinder) sandwiches are considered a southern Maine tradition. Microbreweries and brew pubs also abound. Top ranked restos ready to tease the palate include chef-owned Fore Street, Hugo’s, Five Fifty-Five, and down the road a bit in Ogunquit, the legendary Arrows Restaurant.

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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: Portland, Maine, USA
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I've always grown up around New England cooking and been exposed to various types of cooking. My favorite has to be Greek cooking.. I love the variety in their foods. I am always looking for recipes.. My favorite has to be a specific chicken recipe.. I'd have to ask my mom what it was.

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Elizabeth Sudbury 

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Home Town: Portland, Maine, USA
Living In: Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA
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Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2015 by abidingspirit   view full review
I didn't change a thing. We love this dough!

Pumpkin Custard Pie I

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I used mini graham cracker shells. First time I did 350 for 20-25 min nd seasoned wth fall...

One Bowl Chocolate Cake III

Reviewed on Nov. 26, 2014 by Cj Calderwood   view full review
I made this cake and followed the recipe and found it to be really moist and rich , nice...

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