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Sample Recipes

Crab Cakes

Dianne Keene

Carrabassett Valley, Maine


1 pound picked Maine crab meat
½ cup
mayonnaise (See Mayonaise Recipe)
¾ cup fine bread crumbs
Zest & juice of 1 lemon (not likely from Maine!)
2 tablespoons
fresh herbs (combination of tarragon, parsley and chives-most likely home grown or from local farm-fresh or dried)
Salt and pepper to

Lightly beaten egg


Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Form into four cakes. Coat each in flour, then eggwash and cover with bread crumbs.

Fry 3 to 4 minutes in 325 degree oil (You can use small amount of oil in drying pan –brown well on each side - or immerse in deep fryer) until thoroughly cooked. Remove, drain briefly on paper towel and serve.

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Filet of Beef

Dianne Keene

Carrabassett Valley, Maine


Approximately 6 pound Maine beef tenderloin

½ cup finely chopped onion of choice

4 tablespoons butter

4 tablespoons soy sauce (See Soy Sauce Recipe)

2 tablespoons mustard of choice

Dash of pepper

1 ½ cups dry sherry (probably not from Maine)


Cook onions in butter.  Add rest of ingredients (except beef) and bring to a boil.  Lower heat and keep warm.

Spread sauce all over meat.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Put filet of beef on rack in pan.  Bake 20 minutes at 400.  Baste again with sauce and continue cooking and basting (a few times) for another 30 minutes.  Let meat stand 20 minutes after cooking.  Slice & serve with condiments, good bread & remaining sauce for gravy.

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Blueberries Jubilee

Al Keene

Carrabassett Valley, Maine


1 pint Maine blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1/3 cup maple syrup

Cold River Vodka

Vanilla ice cream


In a large skillet, heat the blueberries and maple syrup over low heat until thoroughly warmed. Take the skillet, vodka and a wooden spatula to the table. Pour about two tablespoons vodka over the blueberry mixture and light it with a match. Stir the blueberry mixture slightly with the spatula (making sure not to let the spatula or anything nearby catch fire). When the flames are spent, serve the blueberries over vanilla ice cream.


Submit your favorite recipe online, by email, by fax to +1-207-235-2226 or by mail to Al Keene, Locavore Cookbooks, 1106 Valley Crossing, Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947.