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Who knew plums roasted in honey would make such fabulous eye candy!

So this isn’t about Maine (though I did make this dish here in Maine and it will be in my cookbook) but more about photography and how just the right lighting, contrast and reflection can make a photo pop. The shine of the glaze fascinates me! The plums are roasted with honey and the skins give off this beautiful pink juice. They tasted great too, by the way…

Honey roasted plums


First the heart shaped cloud photo and now the strawberry…


Yesterday I showed property in Machias and on my way, a sign for fresh Shiitake mushrooms caught my eye. On the way back I stopped and found THE most gorgeous Shiitake’s I’ve ever seen (even beyond the quality of Whole Foods tenfold) at Lynch Hill Farms. These were just picked that day. Talk about clean, blemish free and dry. WOW! And just $6.50 a pound!

Maine Shiitake mushrooms

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Crab Cakes with Mango Salsa from Chow Maine in Southwest Harbor, Maine…

Tiny crab cakes with mango salsa by Chow Maine in Southwest Harbor! Delicious little bites…


My weekend kickoff cocktail time…keeping it local

Of course in keeping with all things local, I stopped at the local farmers market today and picked up some Udderview goat cheese (this one, an Italian Torte layered with roasted tomatoes, pesto, goat cheese and crushed almonds). Yesterday I stopped at Chase’s Daily in Belfast and bought a beautiful, fresh bunch of purple basil. And then my cocktail? It’s Cold River Vodka (worth the splurge), orange juice, a dash of Limoncello, a splash of my basil simple syrup and garnished with purple basil. And of course, the colors are opposite on the color wheel and pair as well as the flavors!


Well, it’s official. A cookbook is finally in the works by your FoodMadam, Dana Moos!

The tentative title is “The Art of Breakfast” and I’m working with Down East Magazine’s book publishing division! The book will include my photographs and recipes (some recreations of other’s recipes with my twist) of beautiful food and Maine food purveyors, farmers, artisans, Maine Bed and Breakfast style! Stay tuned 🙂


A Maine picnic, “Dana Style”

One part Seawall coast – Acadia National Park

One part Maine Mussels

One part Cabernet

One part sun and 75 degrees…

PRICELESS