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Dining & Nightlife

Gourmet Specialties

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Maybe it’s the tradition of cooking that honors even the lowly bean when it’s baked just so. Maybe it’s the long, cold winters that make a succulent sauce or jam, recalling summer’s warm bounty, seem such a treasure. Or the fact that so many families in this state have their own recipes, passed from generation to generation—for dishes such as seafood chowder, blueberry pie, mustard pickles or homemade ketchup. As author and Brunswick, Maine native Robert Tristram Coffin once wrote, “Good recipes have been built into our family histories.”

Whatever the reason, Mainers have always taken uncommon pleasure in good food, and that may never have been more so than now, when the specialty foods market is bursting with quality products. What’s new is not only the variety and diversity of these items but also some sophisticated packaging that makes many of them great gifts.

You can find specialty foods and small rural family farms selling quality home-grown produce and other farm products at Get Real Maine. You can find out more about specialty foods at MaineMade.com.