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March 18, 2008


First published in 1982, this cookbook holds nostalgia for a whole new generation that grew up on dishes like Blueberry Corn-Cakes, Beef in Sour Cream, and Baklava, and now can cook these same classics in their own kitchens.

With the original simplistic blue and white design and the bright blueberries on the cover, the book’s recipes are unaltered yet not outdated. The ingredients remain grocery store standards, although the book does offer menu pairing that will take you back to a different era.

The menu for “Spring Fever or Easter Brunch,” for example, features Bloody Mary’s, Whiskey Sours, Oeufs Avec Crabe, Tomatoes with Spinach Mornay, Quartered Fresh Pineapple with Fresh Strawberries, Wine Jelly Ring with Seedless Grapes, Lemon Tea Bread, English Muffins with Homemade Jam, Sugared Nuts and Coffee and Tea to round out the morning’s heftier drinks.

Revive the traditional "Supper After the Monhegan Race” by preparing Cheese Bombay, Hobo Steak, Corn-on-the-Cob, Seven Layer Salad, Mom’s German Potato Salad and Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Celebrating its 85th year, the Junior League of Portland, Maine, works to affect change and improve the community through developing effective volunteer leadership. With 325 members, the League’s purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League of Portland reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.

RSVP: An Invitation to Maine Cooking (ISBN 978-0-939114-55-9; $19.95) is available on the League’s web site at It is also available to retailers and the book trade through the Cookbook Marketplace, the distribution division of FRP:

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