Peanut Butter & Jelly Time

Note: We were disappointed to learn Peanut Butter & Jelly Time closed in April 2011. However, word on the street is that owner Steve Miner might be back with a Peanut Butter & Jelly Time stand outdoors. Here’s hoping!  Every once and awhile, Team Cute Potato will discover something so perfect for kids and families, we’ll wonder, why didn’t we …

Kennebec Cafe Brunch

Note: An Sept. 2013 article in Kennebec Journal announced the owners of the Kennebec Cafe are moving their business to Greenville. At press time, a closing date was not set.  Friends introduced us to the Kennebec Café in Fairfield for brunch, and we’re still dreaming about the surprisingly good food. The eatery is unassuming and small (think old school Maine …

Portland Whole Foods Family Events

Note: Portland Whole Foods no longer hosts a Sunday Jazz Brunch, but they do host some great events geared towards families. Visit their events calendar or Facebook page to learn more.  We don’t shop at the Portland Whole Foods as often as we’d like, but when we do visit the all too tempting store, it feels like an event—a nice break in …

Breakfast with the Big Man

No, not Clarence Clemens, famous E. Street Band saxophonist. The other big man… Santa Claus himself. When the Cute Potatoes’ mama was a little girl growing up in N.J., it was a family tradition to have breakfast with Santa. It was a fun, family outing made even better by good food and the appearance of the man behind the beard. …

Happy Halloween from Cute Potato

Maybe it’s the colder weather, but whatever the reason, the Cute Potato gang has been doing a lot of baking lately. Our favorite project to date is perfect for kids’ Halloween parties or neighborhood treats. Thanks to Grandma “Patty” Potato, we discovered the recipe for these super cute, super easy Candy Corn Cookies. All you need is a package of …

2

Crabtree’s Blueberries

Not long ago, a friend mentioned making her grandmother’s blueberry buckle. We were curious; what the heck is a buckle, anyway? Like any smart potato, we consulted Sharon Tyler Herbst’s Food Lover’s Companion. Buckle is just another term for a single layer cake. And then coincidentally, while visiting Spring Brook Farm in Cumberland, we discovered a buckle recipe at the register. …

1

Libby & Sons U-Picks

Libby & Sons U-Picks in Limerick is a Cute Potato favorite for blueberry picking this season. The highbush berries are plentiful and easy for the wee ones to pick (most of the ripe fruit is at the lower branches). We chose traditional Jersey Blues, which are sweet and delicious, and Blue Crop, a larger, tangier variety. The 40-acre farm also …

All Hail Mae’s Café

On yet another rainy day, the Cute Potato gang descended on Mae’s Café in Bath—hungry, cranky and wet. The staff set us up in our very own room (smart!), the waitress promptly took our order and CP #1 and #2 ran around the table while we waited for our food. What could have been a potential disaster became a pleasant …

Hello, Lover: Best Chocolate Chip Cookie in Maine

Last month, the Old World Gourmet Deli in Freeport reopened for the season. Sure, Cute Potato missed their yummy sandwiches, but what we craved all winter long were the signature chocolate chip cookies. There’s none better, in our opinion. Just look at those chunky chocolate chips and almonds. They’re consistently crispy and buttery on the outside, and soft and gooey …