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FREE • Issue 8 FALL 2014

FOREST LODGE Home of Louise Dickinson Rich


Orion Outfitters & Guide Service Hunting, Fishing & Getting Outdoors with the Fournier Family

Upcoming Fall Festivals & Events Jessie Perkins Reports from the Bethel Area Chamber

The Bethel Historical Society News, Events & Exhibits from Western Maine and the Mt Washington Region

Autumn Harvest Dinner Delights Bourbon Maple Martinis • Broiled Miso Steak Bleu Cheese Crisps • Spiced Creamed Corn Kale & Carrot Salad • Butternut Puddling

The Local Hub in Greenwood with Dara & Michelle Fresh & Local • Produce & Products

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Publisher’s Note Thank you for picking up the Fall 2014 Issue of Bethel Living Magazine! What a playful summer frolic we have all been reveling through. At times it’s been languid locals enjoying the town green; on other days visitors have swarmed the Mahoosuc Pathways trails and organized flotillas of kayaks on the waterways.

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With cooler temps on tap amid brilliant foliage changes, Mt. Will, Puzzle Mountain, Table Rock and Screw Auger Falls beckon. The warmth of the sun is more noticeable as I step from the shade, which foreshadows cool nights under the thicker comforter. To me, this time of year signals the impending return of winter -- which energizes me, because I love snow. But truth be told, autumn is my favorite time of year. The warm days, cool nights, bright colors and bountiful harvest delight me to no end. September brings us the Bethel Chamber’s 17th Annual Harvestfest & Chowdah Cookoff featuring apple pie contests, lots of food, entertainment and more. In late September Sunday River hosts it’s first O2X Summit Challenge for runners on the mountain, and in October Mt Abram will host an Oktoberfest on October 11th. The 11th & 12th are also the Annual Fall Festival Weekend at Sunday River -- a return for many pass-holders -- with the Wife Carrying Contest, music, food and wagon rides! Meals shared with friends as the earlier dusk settles, the return of the wood fire to warm us late in the night -- all of this tells us that fall is here, fall has come! Laurie Knowles Herron Publisher

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Forest Lodge Home of Louise Dickson Rich

The upper-most portion of the Rapid River is one of the most pristine waterways on our planet. Behold this picturesque channel as it wends through Upton, Maine, bearing the distinction of being the only river east of the Mississippi that drops 185 feet -without falls -- in three short miles. Explore . . . and walk toward a river where the force of water is audible before your eye meets the deluge surging relentlessly westward toward Lake Umbagog. This stunning natural drop creates an unequaled environment for world-class fishing -attracting sportsmen from around the world. And the world, of course, was introduced to this special place through the writings of Louise Dickinson Rich in her seminal novel: We Took to the Woods. Rich and her family resided in Upton through the 1930s and ‘40s at 6

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‘Forest Lodge’; an idyll originally built to be a sporting camp. It was here that Louise penned her 1942 bestselling novel: We Took to the Woods -- delighting a nation rattled by the turmoil of the Second World War. Her subjects alternated between the river, the woods, the lakes and the wildlife of the surrounding area. Although Rich published twenty-four books and at least fifty articles and short stories over a career that spanned almost forty years, her first book about ‘Forest Lodge’ is the work most frequently and reverently associated with the author. Today, ‘Forest Lodge’ is a compound consisting of several major structures and assorted out-buildings whose throwback aura makes any visit a pilgrimage back to the 1940’s. First, there is the sizable ‘Summer House’, a

another age, written with a wonderful sense of humor that records a Thoreau-like existence deep in the woods of Maine. In our busy times, comfort and solace are easily found in the view from the porch of the ‘Winter House’ or drowsing on the deck of the ‘Summer House’ perched high above the swiftly flowing Rapid River.

A Sample Day at Forest Lodge Dawn -- I awake, prying open one eye to study a river shrouded in August morning mist. Dressing quickly, I creep down quietly to fire the kettle on the gas range and prep the French press. Finishing a quick breakfast of grilled bagel toasted on the cast iron, I quickly fetch my vest and fly rod from the porch and begin to hike up toward the remnants of the old Lower Dam. Golden shafts of morning sunlight turn the forest around me from black to dark green, opening into a verdant expanse. Surrounded by large cedars that feel as though they have their “All we have own spirits, I arrive at my special are sun and wind and rain, spot with a grin, a dog, a favorite fly and space in which to move and breathe. and plenty of native Maine brook All we have are the forests, trout. The next hour or so is mine to and the calm expanses of the lakes. practice casting while I drink in the And time to call our own. beauty of water vapor slowly rising, All we have are hunting and fishing . . . then evaporating off the Rapid And each other . . .” River. This morning, I secretly hope for a salmon. Louise Dickinson Rich Later I head back to ‘Forest From We Took to the Woods, 1942 Lodge’ and grab my bike for the two-mile ride up to Middle Dam to check in with the outside world by cell. I feel like a 10-year old as I dodge the puddles and sharp large structure with three levels, encompassing five bedrooms and rocks in my path, passing three deer who could care less about a generous lower-level kitchen boasting direct views of the Rapid my agenda. Then, it’s back to the compound to sweep some River. Next, the ‘Guide’s Camp’ has a small kitchen and open floors, clear some brush, stack some wood and pack a lunch for bunkhouse, which housed the Rich family’s friends, extending an afternoon’s explorations that guarantee a hike and swim. Later into an additional bunkhouse for extra guests. Then there is the as my dog and I venture along the Carry Road we locate Long easy-to-heat ‘Winter House’, with a common room and two small Pool and catch fish; visit sun-drenched Smooth Ledge to watch an bedrooms . . . a retreat as the weather closes in. Osprey family nesting; then explore Devil’s Hop Yard, a shrine to We Took to the Woods is a compelling autobiography from

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the remnants of a 1930’s sedan rests in the shade, holding ghostlike memories of traverses up and down the Carry Road with travelers and guests of this by-gone era. Although it seems like time does not pass, long days do turn into evenings and as my time at ‘Forest Lodge’ comes to a close I savor every moment. I’ve seen stars brighter than ever before; I’ve rang a wooden crank phone that once alerted the eleven families connected by party line to emergency calls or cocktails . . . whichever. I’ve watched Cedar Wax Wings feeding in the evening;


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sunlight setting on abundant hatches that supply salmon and trout with sustenance . . . and I’ve felt the tug on the line of many a healthy fish. I wish for this special place to hang on to it’s past, to share it’s magic with future generations which seem to grow farther and farther away from an existence this close to nature. Louise sold Forest Lodge to Katie Luce of Lakewoods Camps in 1951, and in 1964 the family of Aldro French purchased and took over the property. French, a long time fly fishing guide and owner at ‘Forest Lodge’ is now ready to sell. He hopes to find a

buyer who will honor the special nature of this place. He wishes for it to become an educational facility, a place that will continue to offer open access to the river for fishing guides. A secondary school or a college would be a good fit, and the Upton Historical Society wants very much to continue to preserve and maintain the Winter House, offering educational opportunities and tours.

For More Information visit More information on the Upton Historical Society’s effort to preserve and protect the Winter House can be obtained from Linda Harvell at 207-6260953 or, or from Joe Bernier at 207-533-2010 or

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Orion Outfitters & Guide Service ROn and deiRdRe FOuRnieR & Family

Ron and Deirdre Fournier operate a family-run venture called Orion Outfitters and Guide Service based in the unorganized territory of Mason Township, just west of Bethel. With four teenagers in the family and a busy schedule of teaching and guiding, their location is the only thing “unorganized” about their enterprise. Ron runs a very tight ship, taking on guests with a strong commitment to the customer’s adventure. Orion Outfitters opened in 2006, and Ron finds himself speaking at fishing derbies, sporting clubs and other educational venues. In addition to traditional hunting and fishing trips, Orion Outfitters and Guide Service offers animal tracking expeditions and day outings year round to help people connect with nature by canoeing, ice fishing and showshoeing treks in the winter, viewing wildlife (including moose) and shed hunting (for moose and deer antlers). Ron likes his clientele to stay for a few days, perhaps for a week, in order to tour local villages, fish for a few days and hunt for a few days. Many of Orion Outfitter’s guests are return customers who choose a different adventure each time. A snowshoe tour starts with hot coffee and warm banana bread in the cabin, then it’s time to hit the trail. Another journey might be a paddle to one of Ron’s favorite spots for turkey hunting. Often folks want to stay out longer than planned so Ron schedules in extra time, ensuring a complete experience. Orion Outfitters and Guide Service is a family affair and all the Fourniers pitch in to make for a Ron started guiding in 2005, and moved back smooth running to Bethel in 2006 after spending his childhood operation. Gunner, growing up here. He spent every summer and fall Ron’s 15-year hunting and fishing, and always knew as a child old son, is an upthat he belonged right here. and-coming guide often brought along on trips to assist with the call12

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in of a moose, the set-up of camp or the entertainment of a group wanting to know more about their surroundings. Deirdre and their daughters assist by packing the meals, prepping the boats and/ or gear, helping provision the ice shacks, running baits and more. Orion provides guests with four seasons of adventure through the hunting of black bear, whitetail deer, moose, partridge, coyote and turkey. All packages can include meals and the Fournier family loves to accommodate people new to the outdoor experience. Fishing trips can be half-day, full-day, weekend or multi-day outings on streams, rivers, lakes and ponds searching for cold and warm water species. In the winter, ice fishing packages include a shack, gear, bait, a guide and a hot lunch on the ice -- it’s a great time, particularly for large groups. Orion Outfitters will take you fly fishing on the Androscoggin River, or into warmer waters looking for pike and small-mouth bass. Moose Pond, Kezar Lake, North Pond and Round Pond offer a lot of fishing if you know where to look. Ron has a learn-to-fish plan and teaches young kids as well as experienced anglers. And, as during all outings, he will point out interesting plants, flowers, insects and animals. Orion frequently hears from families that time spent on backwoods adventures have created life-long memories. A typical moose hunt is more involved than one might imagine: all meals, logistics, paperwork, guiding and transportation would

be provided by Fournier and his family. A “spike” camp is set up with tents and a cooking area. Gunner goes on most hunts to deliver natural sounding moose calls, drive gear around by 4-wheeler, start the evening fire and assist with meal prep. He is also often the one behind the camera recording events. Ron need not be named as a permittee and does not carry a firearm. The Fourniers put their guests in the best possible spot to make the shot -- keeping their charges safe and well fed while teaching them about the area, discussing risk management and preventing them from getting lost. Bad things can happen out in the field and Orion Outfitters pride themselves in taking excellent care of their clients. They refuse to use electronic devices to track animals and potential targets are often turned away after taking some photos. If the situation is not right, Ron will spook off the creature and start the tracking process again. After the moose has been harvested, Orion brings it out for processing -- then the party returns to the spike camp to spend the remainder of the scheduled time bird hunting or doing some late season fishing. A trip with Orion Outfitters creates experiences and stories you will be proud to share, and we bet you’ll be wanting to return as soon as you can. For more information, check out www., or call Ron Fournier at 603-401-1802 Bethel LIVING |


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Local Hub in Greenwood, Maine The new owners of The Local Hub, Dara Turgeon and Michelle DeIulio, started their fresh venue -- a café and market with constantly changing goods -- on April 1st . . . but they’re no fools. When offered the opportunity to purchase this local landmark Dara, who had been dreaming of starting a bakery, and Michelle, a food service worker for many years, seized the opportunity. Located on Route 26 in Greenwood, just where you turn to visit Mt Abram, the store is truly a “hub” for many different creative ventures. The two women have modeled their market as a typical back-woods Vermont Country Store -- with a Maine flavor. While the excellent cheeses, baked goods and treats -- all made on-site or locally sourced -- draw customers with an appetite, the Hub is more than a food store. There are all kinds of local consignments in the form of artwork, soaps, candles, wool and yarn, gifts, personal care products and snacks with an all-natural approach. Their support of farmers and sundry producers around the area is returned many times over as the community revels in the convenience of a quality market and bakery serving the town. As the baker at the Bethel Inn for many years, Dara perfected her capacity to turn out a wide variety of delicious treats: fresh English muffins and bagels, cookies, muffins, scones, pies, breads, brownies, cinnamon buns, sticky buns and so much more, including cakes to order. A preferred task is creating one-of-a-kind specialties as a centerpiece for family gatherings. If you can think of it, Dara can bake it! The Local Hub offers smoothies, soups, salads, sandwiches, burritos, pizza and breakfast all day long. There are side salads 16

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and dishes to go, featuring comfort foods like mac ‘n cheese and Shephard’s Pie. They will be preparing skier’s boxes, including a dinner to-go and/or items for a hearty breakfast, perfect options for the busy weekend warriors of the mountains. A center table and several upright coolers display foraged wild foods in season, local raw cheeses, fresh greens and herbs, maple syrup, local hard cider and kombucha, as well as locally wood-roasted coffee with an incredible flavor. There is a Fiber Circle that meets the third Wednesday of the month at noon for spinners, felters and knitters. And the food co-

op, already about 50 members strong concentrates community buying power into bulk options for natural foods. Operating hours are Monday thru Friday from 7am to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 6pm and will be changing to a 6am opening once ski season approaches. Do drop by and help creative locals support locals. There’s something for everyone, and usually some pretty good company with Dara, Michelle and April. For more info, call 207-875-0011 and check them out on facebook /thelocalhubmaine.

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For an organization whose main purpose is looking to the past, the Bethel Historical Society has its eyes firmly fixed on the future—as demonstrated by the recent dedication of a new 2400 square foot collections storage wing at one of its two museum facilities on Broad Street. Founded in 1966 as a small, town-centered association, the Bethel Historical Society has evolved over the past halfcentury into one of the largest and most active historical organizations of its type in the region. A combination of enthusiastic volunteers, a small but professionally trained staff, and generous financial support from foundations and over 800 members has made it possible for the Society to effectively carry out its mission of “collecting, preserving, displaying and interpreting the history of western Maine and the White Mountain region,” while keeping up with the interests of new audiences accustomed to experiencing exhibits, programs and research through a “virtual” lens. A major turning point in the Bethel Historical Society path to success occurred in 1974, when the historic Dr. Moses Mason House, the oldest residence at Bethel Hill village, was 20

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presented to the organization by the Bingham Trust in memory of William Bingham 2nd, the town’s great twentieth century philanthropist. Begun in 1813 and restored by the Trust in 197273, the Mason House contains nine period rooms that appear much as they did during the occupancy of Dr. Moses Mason (1789-1866) and his wife Agnes M. Straw (1793-1869). These rooms contain a wide variety of eighteenth and nineteenth century examples of the decorative arts, many of which are original to the house. However, the most captivating feature of the house is located in the front hallway, which contains Rufus Porter School wall murals painted during the mid-1830s and attributed

to Jonathan D. Poor, a nephew of Rufus Porter. Depicting distant seascapes and engaging landscapes with lush foliage, these intriguing examples of American folk art have been painstakingly cleaned so that modern-day visitors can view them much as they looked during the Masons’ era. Guided tours of the house take place throughout the summer, but the rooms are also available for viewing the remainder of the year by appointment. At the same time the front portion of the Mason House was being returned to its earlier appearance, the Bingham Trust renovated the connected barn, providing space for a meeting/ exhibit hall on the lower level, with office/storage space above. An endowment sufficient enough to hire the Society’s first curator, Dr. Stanley R. Howe, was also established by the Bingham Trust at this time. Under Howe’s leadership, the Society quickly moved into a position of prominence among historical organizations in the State, issuing a quarterly newsletter, sponsoring high-quality programs and lectures, and publishing a number of volumes of local and regional history viewed as models of their type. Growing pains arose soon after the Mason House was received, and in 1975 the Eva Bean Research Room (now part of an expanded research library) was created using some of the storage space on the second floor of the Mason barn. During the 1980s and ‘90s, the Bethel Historical Society continued to expand its offerings, inaugurating annual heritage celebrations, a 4th of July Community Picnic (with musical selections by the Portland Brass Quintet) and a Christmas open house during which the various period rooms were lit only by candles. At the same time, occasional traveling exhibits— notably the 2005 “Barn Again! Celebrating an American Icon” Smithsonian exhibit—were presented in the Mason barn to wide acclaim. And, thanks to the early arrival of Internet service to Bethel via Gould Academy, the Society soon embarked on its

World Wide Web voyage. By the late 1990s, it was clear that the Mason House was no longer adequate for the proper storage of the Bethel Historical Society’s burgeoning collection of books, objects, images and documents relating to the region. Moreover, the Mason House offered little space for short-term exhibits on themes significant to the area’s past: agriculture, transportation, education, tourism, and lumbering—to name only a few. More room was needed. In 1998, the search for additional space resulted in the Society’s acquisition of The Elms of Bethel Inn, a substantial two-and-a-half story house begun in the early 19th century as a private residence and acquired by the hotel company in 1923. The purchase of the “Robinson House” (as it is now called) represented a leap of faith for the Society but, thankfully, members, friends, businesses and foundations stepped up to lend their support in response to a major Capital Campaign that saw the mortgage burned within 2 years! Today, this facility, located next door to the Mason House, offers changing displays and semi-permanent exhibits, as well as a well-stocked Museum Shop with items inspired by the organization’s museum and research library collections, as well as books, gifts, and special publications associated with past and current exhibits. The staff, previously housed in cramped quarters in the Mason barn, now has offices of the third floor of the Robinson House, what current Executive Director Randall Bennett jokingly refers to as the “crow’s nest.” As it nears its 50th anniversary, the Bethel Historical Society looks back with pride at past accomplishments and collaborations, fully aware of the need to evolve with the times while continuing to collect, protect and share the region’s past—to make local and regional history meaningful, accessible, and enjoyable so that others will be inspired to value and preserve this rich heritage. Visit the Society at Bethel LIVING |


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Bethel Area

by Jessie Seymour Perkins

Festivals, races, music, crafts, and more in the mountains of western Maine Late summer and early fall are prime time for festivals and events in the Bethel area. As warm days and cool nights give way to harvest time and stunning fall foliage, there are many ways to celebrate a beautiful season in the western Maine mountains. The highlight of the fall is Bethel Harvestfest & Chowdah Cookoff on September 20 on the Bethel town common. Harvestfest also features over a dozen local restaurants putting their best chowder forward, vying for the prizes of judges’ choice and people’s choice. The general public may also enter the apple pie contest – slices are sold after judging! Handmade art and craft vendors, live music, free wagon rides, and a farmers’ market all make for a perfect fall day. ( Fall brings a few chances to test your endurance. The Mount Abram Ascent on September 6 is a 4-mile run up and over the summit of Mt. Abram Ski Area. ( At Sunday River, the 02X Summit Challenge on September 27 will have competitors take on some intense vertical climbing and natural obstacles as they test their bodies and minds. For an altogether different kind of challenge, the North American Wife Carrying Championship (October 11) during Sunday River’s Fall Festival (October 11-12) is just what it sounds like –men carry 24

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their “wives” (no marriage certificate necessary – and women are allowed to carry men if they want!) through an obstacle course including a mud pit. ( Each event is fun for racers and spectators alike, and all are followed by big parties back at the base area with beer, food, music, and more. Sunday River’s Fall Festival also features the Blue Mountain Arts and Crafts Fair on October 11-12 at Sunday River Resort. More than 40 artists and artisans display jewelry, pottery, woodworking, photography, paintings, household décor, and much more – perfect for gift-giving or treating yourself. Golfers won’t want to miss the 21st Annual Pro-Am Golf Tournament at The Bethel Inn Resort on September 9. Contestants have the chance to win over $17,000 in prize money and merchandise as they golf on the beautiful course surrounded by the western Maine mountains. ( Love to flyfish? Check out the Northeast Driftboat Competition on September 19 as oarsmen test their skills in the Androscoggin River, or the Upper Andro 2 Fly Contest on September 20, when anglers try to catch the biggest and most trout with only two flies. ( Bethel is a place where people get excited for winter to come on – and the place to do that is the Bethel Outing Club’s Annual Ski Sale. Shop for new equipment as area ski shops sell off last year’s gear, or consign old equipment to make room for more. ( The Bethel area offers lodging, restaurants, shopping, scenic drives, and outdoor adventures for all ages and desires. For where to stay and what to do in Bethel, visit

Bethel Area | Local Events 2014 Sept. 6: Mt. abram ascent. Brought to you by Baxter Outdoors, the new outdoors adventure arm of Baxter Brewing Company, the Mt. Abram Ascent is a 4-mile off road trail run taking competitors up and over the summit of Mt. Abram Ski Area. The race begins at 10:00am and will be followed by a free live outdoor concert from Black Cat Road, a craft fair, food, and specials on Baxter Beer. Sept. 10-12: 21st annual Fall Festival Pro-am golf tournament. A lasting tradition at The Bethel Inn Resort with over $17,000 in prize money & merchandise. (207) 824-2175. bethelinn. com Sept. 19: northeast drift Boat Competition. Androscoggin River from Bethel Outdoor Adventure to Davis Park - great spectator event to watch oarsmen test their skills. 3 pm. Sept. 20: Upper andro 2 Fly Contest. 6 am to 2 pm on the Upper Androscoggin River- Anglers try to catch the biggest and most trout with only two flies. (207) 824-2175. Sept. 20: 17th annual harvestfest & Chowdah Cookoff. An old-fashioned fun fall festival with craft vendors, chowder cook-off with over a dozen restaurants, apple pie contest, demonstrations, entertainment, hiking, biking, canoeing, food, bike tours, more. (207) 824-2282.,

Sept. 27: Sunday River 02X Summit Challenge. Two courses of varying physical challenge and elevation gain will take athletes up some of Sunday River’s most rugged and rewarding terrain, and are designed to push both strength and spirit. Along the way runners will navigate natural obstacles before finishing their respective course at a mountain summit complete with great views. Event BaseCamp will entertain with food, beer, a DJ, live music, games, speakers, and activities. (800) 543-2754. oct. 11: oktoberfest at Mt. abram. Live music, fun, and food. (207) 875-5000 oct. 11-12: annual Fall Festival weekend at Sunday River. Arts & Crafts Festival, North American Wife Carrying Championship, concerts, wagon rides, games, plenty of food & more. (800) 5432754. oct. 24-25: 34th annual Bethel outing Club Ski Sale. New & used equipment, clothing & accessories for alpine, snowboard, cross-country skiing & other winter sports. (207) 824-2282. nov. 28: Local Craft & wares Fair. Art & craft fair featuring 35+ vendors of handmade items – pottery, Christmas items, home décor, art, woodworking, toys, and more. The Bethel Inn Resort Conference Center. 9am-4pm. (207) 824-2282.

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Fast & Easy


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Light the charcoal, and spark a campfire in the backyard. These minimal-effort recipes ensure that dinner will be a snap, allowing you time to visit with friends and family as the evening cools with the earlier sunset. This Manhattan will warm your cockles, and prep you for a deliciously simple dinner plan. Maple-Mint Bourbon Manhatta INGREDIENTS • 9 lg mint leaves • 3 oz. bourbon • 2 oz. concord grape juice • ice, crushed

• 1 ounce fresh lemon juice, plus 1 strip zest • 4 teaspoons pure maple syrup

INSTRucTIoNS • Muddle 8 mint leaves in cocktail shaker; add bourbon, grape juice, lemon juice and maple syrup. Fill shaker with ice; shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into chilled glass; garnish with lemon zest and remaining mint leaf.


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Grilled Miso Steak INGREDIENTS • 1/4 cup red miso • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce • 1 teaspoon sesame oil • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar or honey • 2 1-inch thick sirloin steaks (3lb total) INSTRucTIoNS • Whisk miso, worcestershire, oil and sugar together in a bowl. Spread over steaks; let sit 30 minutes. Grill steaks, turning once, about 10 minutes for medium-rare. Let stand 5 minutes, then slice.

carrot & Kale Salad with candied Walnuts INGREDIENTS • 1/4 cup walnut oil or EVOO • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar • 2 teaspoons honey • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard • 10 cups stemmed and finely torn kale • 1 carrot, shredded • 1 cup store-bought candied walnuts INSTRucTIoNS • In large bowl, whisk oil, vinegar, honey and mustard. Add kale and carrot; toss and season. Let stand 10 minutes, toss again, then sprinkle with nuts.

Spiced creamed corn INGREDIENTS • 16 oz. fresh or frozen corn • 1 jalapeno, minced • 1 shallot, minced • 4 tablespoons butter • 3/4 cup heavy cream INSTRucTIoNS • Mix all ingredients on low in saucepan and gently heat to low simmer. Serve immediately.

Butternut Pudding INGREDIENTS • 20 oz. butternut squash puree • 14 oz. coconut milk • 4 eggs • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup • whipped cream INSTRucTIoNS • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Blend squash, coconut milk, eggs and syrup; pour into 8-inch baking dish. Put dish in roasting pan; pour boiling water halfway up dish to make water bath. Bake, 1 hour. Top with whipped cream or with vanilla ice cream. Bethel LIVING |


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Bethel Living - Fall Issue, 2104  

Welcome to the Fall Issue of Bethel Living Magazine, a publication dedicated to living the life and lifestyle in our beautiful Western Maine...

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