Edible Maine – Three Squares at Sea

Fantastic articles about the J. & E. Riggin just keep coming. I don’t know what else to say about this write-up in Edible Maine, except I love the story, I love the photos, I love everything about this article. You can read “Three Squares at Sea”  out online or order a copy from the Edible Maine website.

Recipes included in the article are Garden Carrots and Leeks Au Gratin, Clementine Walnut Bread, and Peach Ginger Jam.  You can find some of these recipes in At Home. At Sea – The Red Book, 2nd Edition.

Thank you Claire Jeffers, Douglas Merriam, and Edible Maine!

Timberwind Moves to Belfast!

One calm Sunday in April, the crew of the Riggin and the Timberwind moved our new pretty schooner up Penobscot Bay to her new home in Belfast, Maine.  The day started calm and then picked up to a feisty 25 knots of breeze on the beam, but for a spring day in Maine, this is still a fairly low key day on the bay.  As the sun was closing out the day, our crews celebrated their efforts.  To top it all off, the Bangor Daily News was kind enough to highlight the Timberwind‘s new life.

Celebrating a good day together.
Celebrating a good day together.
Quarter view of a pretty boat and a pretty town.
Quarter view of a pretty boat and a pretty town.
Cassie.  Knitting.  On a boat.  Two of the best things in life.
Cassie. Knitting. On a boat. Two of the best things in life.
Save and sound at her new dock, Thompson's Wharf in Belfast, Maine.
Save and sound at her new dock, Thompson’s Wharf in Belfast, Maine.

Thank you, Belfast, for your welcoming ways

Maine Adventures at Home

Many of our friends and family are off to warmer climes this week while we stay home.  The wanderer in me is pining for an adventure of our own, AND I know that there are plenty of adventures to be had right here in Maine.  This moment of someone leaving the state to travel and explore is always a moment when I can either choose to pine for what is not, or turn my gaze to appreciate what is.

“What is” is that the sun is bright, the sky is clear and by 10 a.m. this morning I’d already been for a long cross country ski with a friend.  “What is” is that as I write, Ella is making her first cake all by herself (with dozens of questions for me filled with both uncertainty and excitement).  “What is” is that last night we all easily agreed on the same movie and we found ourselves piled in the same place on the settee attempting to be under one blanket while we watched.  “What is” is that even though we aren’t traveling out of the Maine this week, I know we’ll find our own adventures.  “What is” is that I truly love living in this state and staying home, being cozy and relaxed, reading and sipping tea, skiing and snow shoeing has a romance all it’s own.  Suddenly, I’ve talked myself into loving staying home.

Ella's first cake
Ella’s first cake

As it turns out, not two minutes after typing the above about “adventures and such” the oven door slammed open and wouldn’t stay shut.  The spring had broken and Jon is now, as we speak, off to the hardware store for a replacement.  See?  Adventure!

oven door smaller

Or this is more like it!

girlies smaller

Appreciating “What is”

Dinner Subscriptions – January 13th Delivery

For anyone who lives in the Rockland/Camden area, dinner delivered to your home is just an email away.  You email me, I cook for you, you enjoy all the other things you love or need to do.  Simple as that!

This week’s choices are:

Rosemary Chicken and Dumplings (Because after doing a former blog post on it, this is all I want for dinner.)
Cognac and Dijon Beef Stroganoff over Homemade Egg Noodles
Tri-Mushroom Risotto with Roasted Butternut Squash and Crispy Greens
Bolognese Lasagna – Tuscan Style
Salmon Cakes with an Asparagus, Tomato, Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Salad

Black Bean and Beef Ancho Chili – not spicy

Bread:Cardamon Bread – perfect for toast in the morning or French toast on Sunday morning

If this is new to you, here’s the link to prices and more information.  Dinner Subscriptions

Warmin’ up the stove for ya!

Lobster Bake Lady Slipper

There are 3,000 islands off the coast of Maine, however, not all of them are suited for low tide landings.  One that we love no matter what the tide, is in Merchant’s Row off of Stonington, Deer Ilse. It’s a small island, but with two beaches that allow for a leeward fire (in our fire pan) whether or not the wind is on the North or South side of the island.

Every time we explore this island, I ‘discover’ a different species of flora.  Every time.  This is the second year in a row that we’ve found a lone, regal Lady Slipper nestled in the woods with all of us snapping photos of it’s five blooms.  One more than last year.  The soft pink of the blooms are a shock amidst the green of the moss and low-lying foliage and such a delightful discovery.  Thank you to every camper who spends time on this island and only observes and makes photos of her, but doesn’t pick or dig.  Now, that’s good camping manners.

View of the ocean from the center of the island.
Her Lady’s Slipper with 5 blooms.

Happy to be out on the bay.

Walk Awaaaay From the Computer

Sometimes, no matter how mountainous the piles, no matter how voluminous the dust bunnies, no matter how numerous the emails, when a person opens the door to personally receive the mail from the mailman and feels not a blast of icy air but gentle warmth and gets a whiff of not brisk or crisp, but soft and dirt, they need to walk awaaay from the computer and go outside to play in the garden.



Then things like peas, swiss chard, spinach, mesclun, arugula and whatever else one grabs from the seed box will, like magic, begin to appear from the dark loam of the earth and become a meal or ten for a family or a boat.


I do believe that we will have fresh greens and vegetables even for our first sail this year.  In part this has to do with planning (and giving in to the impulse to get out in the garden all the while ignoring the piles that will still be there when I come back inside).  In part this is due to excellent husbands who help build cold frames.  Lastly, we must give a nod to Mother Nature who seems to not have any more snow in our future this spring.  I may have spoken too soon and you can blame me if snow arrives, but I with cautious optimism, think we just might be done.


Here, you can see four different season extenders.  In the foreground are milk jugs with the bottoms removed and then plunked in the ground over pea seeds.  In the background, from left to right is the angled cold frame, a hooped bed which will receive plastic over the hoops and an a-frame cold frame.  All work equally well.

Counting the days until my first garden greens of the season