It is the perfect time of year for chilled soup and Chef Michael’s Summer Gazpacho is sure to please on a hot day! Have a garden? Gazpacho is a great way to utilize your crop of cucumbers and tomatoes!
Chilled Summer Gazpacho with an Herbed Sour Cream
by Chef Michael Salmon
2 medium-sized beefsteak tomatoes
1 small Vidalia onion
1/2 English cucumber (also known as seedless cucumbers)
1/2 red bell pepper
32 ounce tomato juice
8 ounce V8 juice
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
salt to taste
- Core the tomatoes, cut them in half across the equator to expose the seeds and gently squeeze out the seeds. Dice the tomatoes, onion, cucumber and bell pepper into 1/2-inch cubes. Slice the scallions. Combine all the ingredients, mix and refrigerate, covered, for at least 2 hours. May be made up to 2 days in advance.
Herbed Sour Cream
1/2 cup sour cream
4 sprigs fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1 scallion, green part only, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon of Caribbean dry spice mix (recipe, page 155)
salt to taste
- Mix all together.
8 red cherry tomatoes, cut in half
2 medium-sized golden tomatoes, cut into 8 wedges
8 sprigs of cilantro
- Ladle the soup into the desired serving bowls and decorate with a scoop of the herbed sour cream, 2 cherry tomato halves and 2 golden tomato wedges. Top with a sprig of cilantro and serve.
Saturday, August 9th 10am-6pm & Sunday, August 10th 10am-5pm at the Samoset Resort in Rockland, Maine.
The Samoset Fine Craft Show (formerly the Blue Hill Fine Craft Show) is an invitational showcase of 40 of Maine’s best craftsmen, many of whom have won national awards and show at the most prestigious venues in the country. Items include jewelry, clothing, home accessories, woven rugs, pottery, kitchen accessories, woven scarves, lighting, blown glass and more.
Admission is $5 and children under 16 are free. Click here for more information.
Join Chef Michael in his Hartstone Inn kitchen for a cooking class weekend, covering a wide range of topics from regional and ethnic cuisines to seasonal and holiday offerings. Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food. Weekend packages are $357 – $575 and include two nights lodging, breakfast each morning, afternoon cookies and tea, our five course Chef’s Tasting Dinner Menu for two and enrollment for one in the cooking class. Additional enrollment into the cooking class is $45 per person. Classes are held on Saturdays some Sundays from 1-3 in the afternoon.
Live locally? We’d love to have you join us for class as well! This years class topics include French Specialties, Maine Seafood, Spanish Tapas, Hartstone Brunch and more!
Click here for the complete schedule of classes and for specific class dates and topics.
Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
ALL KITCHENS (ADVANCE PURCHASE): $25
ALL KITCHENS (DAY OF TOUR): $35
INDIVIDUAL KITCHENS: $10 EACH
Visit 9 uniquely-designed kitchens in Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville and Northport, Maine and enjoy tastings from talented area chefs. Our very own Chef Michael will be in kitchen #5 in Camden in the morning!
Click here for the map included with each ticket showing the location of the kitchens.
Door prizes – Enter to win a basket of Stonewall Kitchen Gourmet Foods!
Raffle Tickets – Enter for a chance to win a gift certificate to Seabright Pizza, Francine Bistro or Shepherd’s Pie!
For additional information, click here.
All proceeds benefit Merryspring Nature Center, a non-profit, privately owned park and educational center in Camden and Rockport with nature trails and gardens open to the public every day. This member-supported organization offers talks, classes, and workshops throughout the year.
July 30 – August 3, 2014
What do you get when you mix nine tents, the world’s greatest lobster cooker, a sea goddess, a big parade, top notch entertainment, an international crate race, fine art, talented crafts people and vendors, all you can eat pancakes, free shuttle service, US Coast Guard Station tours, professional and amateur cooking contests, marine heritage, road races, kids events and over 20,000 pounds of lobster? The MAINE LOBSTER FESTIVAL in Rockland, Maine!
View the full schedule of events here.
We are always looking for fun new adventures for our guests. Captain Jack Lobsterboat Adventures in Rockland is our latest find!
From their website…
“The “Captain Jack” is a 30 foot authentic downeast lobster boat. Experience a unique adventure on board a traditional working lobster boat. Join Captain Hale on a 1-1/4 hr. cruise. Catch a glimpse of seals, harbor porpoise, an occasional sunfish and maybe a whale. Watch as Captain Hale hauls his traps, get up close and personal with the lobsters, crabs, starfish, sea urchins and other exciting creatures from the sea.
Bring your camera to take panoramic pictures of the Owls Head Light house and the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. Enjoy the sounds of herring gulls, black back gulls, terns and osprey. Learn a little local history and experience the daily life of a local lobster man. There are fishing poles on board. You can try catching a mackerel or maybe a cod. We cannot haul traps on Sunday, but we do offer fishing trips and Lighthouse tours.
Mackerel fishing is $20.00 per hour per person. All tackle is provided.”
Click here for more information including tour times and rates.
Saturday, July 19 from 9-5pm and Sunday, July 20th from 9-5pm
Harbor Park, Camden
Over 100 artists and craftspeople display and sell their work in scenic Camden Amphitheater, Harbor Park, and along Atlantic Avenue. Stroll around the different vendor tents and shop for unique art and crafts while enjoying the view.
The event is free and open to the public. Featured fine works include watercolor, oil, acrylics, and pastels blend with spectacular photography, sculpture and mixed media, as well as exquisitely designed jewelry, metal and woodcraft, pottery and fine-crafted furniture.
July 12 & 13, 2014
The North Atlantic Blues Festival is an annual two-day blues music festival featuring national blues performers and considered one of the most prestigious on the East Coast. The festival is held at the Public Landing in Rockland, Maine, overlooking the picturesque Rockland Harbor. Some of the top names in blues music have been featured at this prestigious East Coast festival. In addition to all day live entertainment, the festival has vendors selling a wide array of food, drinks and crafts. Saturday evening Main Street is closed to traffic for the NABF Club Crawl. Attendees of legal age, wearing their wristband from the festival are allowed free admission to the many bars and restaurants featuring many of the top regional blues performers. There are also bands performing on Main Street for all ages at no charge.
For more information including the music lineup and details on the Club Crawl, click here.