Made these lovely little treats tonight. I don’t like bananas raw from the peel, only dried or in baked goods. This recipe is great because I can literally cut the sugar in half and it doesn’t make them any less flavorful.
Last week on a gloriously sunny warm breezy Monday I was driving to Freedom, ME to meet my good friend Mary and go strawberry picking. Only a few minutes away from my final destination I pulled up to the stop sign behind the utility truck that I had been following for at least ten minutes. Instead of going forward it reversed and despite my slamming on the horn, crashed into me. Despite the fact that it was no fault on my end, it’s been such a headache. The power company insures themselves and don’t do a very good job with it. It’s taken a really long time. They decided to fix my car (between $2,500 and $3,000 in damage - mostly body work) and in the meantime are paying for me to have a rental.
Elizabeth Grossman is the author of a new book called Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry. She spoke on Maine Public Broadcasting about her book and the issues.
It started last summer. There was a sprig or two of fennel leaves in the mixed greens I’d picked up from Chase’s Daily. I was surprised as how much it added to the salad. Normally I would have turned away from the licorice-y taste.
And then there was the Insalata di Finocchio at Piccolo Forno in Pittsburgh. Instead of greens the bulk of the salad was a sliced fennel bulb. It did not have even a hint of licorice. I knew I would be leaving Pittsburgh but had to be able to replicate this wonderfully surprising dish.
I’m surprised that in today’s world where people want to eat organic and grow their own food, feel more connected to where their meals came from, and reduce toxins and clean up the environment, that there isn’t more attention brought to living in the country. Here in Maine so many people garden every summer just because it’s a way of life. Come August people are sharing their food, giving away the extra zucchini because they have too many, asking around to see if anyone has extra beets, sharing left over seedlings when the garden is already full.
I would never call myself a fashionista (I’m not 100% sure what that even means…someone who has great style?). But since college, when I left the back woods of Maine for six or seven years in the city, I’ve gotten much better at assembling a presentable wardrobe. A big part of that is spotting trends around me. The other day I ran into a friend and she had on Ray-Ban Wayfarers. I’ve been looking for something to replace my aviators and went online to find something that looked like a Wayfarer. And then a friend emailed me this link: