Eating Like You’re On Vacation – How to Get Your Hands on These Tasty Maine Staples!

If you’re an avid traveler, you know that one of the best things about visiting the same spots over and over again is eating! Grabbing your favorite food, right?! The barbecue you’ll find in the South. The steaks you’ll find in the midwest. The vegan delights you’ll find on the west coast. We all have our favorites!  

But what if you could have your favorites straight from the places that make them famous…at your home, any time you wanted? Let’s take the state of Maine, for instance.

The state of Maine is known for its cuisine full of freshly-caught seafood, hearty potatoes, rich cream and generous portion sizes. If you are desperate to get a taste of Maine, here are three of their famous state dishes that you can get to eating right away:

Lobster Rolls

This Maine staple is beloved by locals and visitors alike — many tourists make it a goal to be found eating lobster rolls anytime they visit the state. The traditional lobster roll recipe is fairly simple because all you need is a white roll and a lobster salad made out of lobster meat, mayonnaise, chopped celery, lemon juice, parsley and seasonings. If you want to make your own lobster roll, you should go to the website Lobster Anywhere to have fresh lobster sent to your front door. They can bring Maine lobster to any state in the country in the span of twenty-four hours, including Alaska and Hawaii. The website is the best way to get fresh lobster delivered to you so that you can have the most delicious and authentic recipe possible on the same day that it arrives. When you’re done putting your classic lobster roll together, remember to serve it with a side of creamy coleslaw or a handful of salty french fries.  

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Clam Chowder

A traditional New England clam chowder recipe involves golden potatoes, thick bacon, heavy cream and of course, plenty of local clams. It’s always important for your recipe ingredients to be as fresh as you can get them—this is especially true when you are adding seafood to the mix. With the help of Lobster Anywhere, you can also get fresh steamer clams harvested from Harps well, Maine — these soft-shell clams will add a sweet, savory and subtle taste to a hearty chowder you’ll be able to appreciate from the first time you start eating. Remember to wash the clams before you start cooking by soaking them in cold water several times so none of the grit gets into the food.

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Chocolate Gravy

The first family reunion I went to with my husband was quite the experience. And I mean that in the best way possible!

Once a year, my hubby’s family all packs up and heads for Kathleen’s house. (Kathleen is one of Jerrod’s aunts). By the high point of the weekend there are about 25-30 people, all staying in the same house. It’s crazy and amazing, all at the same time.

One of the things that I always thought was pretty neat was that in the mornings, all the aunts get up early and cook a huge southern breakfast for everyone. I mean, the works! And it was here that I was introduced to Chocolate Gravy.

My husband thinks this is all very amusing, since he’s grown up with chocolate gravy, but he wasn’t quite sure whether to be shocked or amused that I had no idea what he was talking about. Chocolate GRAVY? Like chocolate sauce? Is it a glaze? I didn’t get it!

Oh, but I get it now. And I make it on special occasions now, too. So, without further ado, I now present…

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Chocolate Gravy

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Biscuits & Gravy Casserole

I’ve had to learn to cook some new things since I got married. It’s a good thing that I’ll try just about anything, right?

We had quite the blend of food growing up at my house. My mom was a military kid, so her family moved around a lot, and she ended up loving seafood and Chinese. My dad was raised in Florida from the time he was 5, so he loved a few southern dishes, but his favorite was Italian, and he also was a fan of your basic meat-and-potatoes fare. That made for quite the variety at our house!

Now, my husband’s family are ALL southern. And they eat like it, too! I had never heard of putting gravy on your cantaloupe, or CHOCOLATE gravy, for that matter! Or drinking buttermilk with corn bread?! WHAT?!?!

I was familiar with the general biscuits and gravy dish, though, but recently I found a recipe that my husband LOVES. It’s a Biscuits & Gravy Casserole. Easy peasy, yummy, and sure to become a family favorite of yours, too! I found this recipe via Pinterest (surprise surprise surprise!) HERE, and I discovered that this particular recipe was created by the lovely Kelley over at Miss Information HERE. Definitely take time to go check her blog out – she’s got TONS of fantastic recipes! But I put my own spin on this one, so…

…let’s dig in!

Biscuits & Gravy Casserole

1 pound mild Jennie-O turkey sausage
1 2.64-oz. McCormick Sausage Flavor Country Gravy Mix
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 pint heavy cream
Salt & pepper to taste
1 teaspoon minced onion
1 can (16.3 oz.) Bisquick Bakery butter flavored biscuits
8 slices turkey bacon

Take a 9×13 pan and spray it with non-stick cooking spray. Then cut the biscuits into 1″ pieces…

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…and line bottom of pan.

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