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Milk: It Does a Doughnut Good

Title for this post is courtesy of my husband… and you’ll see the ‘why’ momentarily!

On Saturday, we had a couple of friends (fellow Clemson alums) over to watch the Clemson / Wake Forest game, and in addition to chicken, potato salad, and green salad, I decided there could be no better time to break out my shiny new doughnut pan and my gluten free Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut mix (by Stonewall Kitchen, of course) for a yummy treat.

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While I’m not attempting a gluten free diet, I know plenty of people who are – and I was pretty impressed by the array of gluten free foods offered by Stonewall Kitchen.  Stonewall Kitchen is a Maine-based company with a special story.  Founded by two friends, Jim Stott and Jonathan King, their company ideals reflect the best of Maine – a strong sense of community, wholesomeness, and the unspoiled, natural beauty of the state (per Stonewall Kitchen website).  They got their start at a local farmers’ market in 1991, selling out on their very first day.  This initial indication certainly proved true – today, several expansions and moves later, Stonewall Kitchen serves 6,000 wholesale accounts, has 11 retail Company Stores, a Cooking School, and is regularly recognized for its outstanding specialty food products.  Check out their website and try something – I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

Recently, I ordered this doughnut mix and the Carolina Rub for my husband, to bring a bit of Maine to his new passion for smoking.

The recipe is very straightforward – in addition to the mix, you need only milk, one egg, and 2/3 cup of unsalted butter (1/3 cup for the doughnut mix, 1/3 cup for the topping).

Directions: Grease or spray a 12-well doughnut pan (I only had a six-well pan, luckily – as I got halfway through the recipe before realizing I’d… forgotten the milk.  That’s right, I managed to forget one of only three additional ingredients).  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Pour doughnut mix into a bowl, and add milk, egg (beaten), and 1/3 cup melted butter.

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Beat on medium speed about 30 seconds to combine (I did this by hand – not so fun!)

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Pipe or spoon batter into doughnut pan, filling each cup 1/2 full.  Bake 9-10 minutes, or until lightly browned.

You'd think I'd have realized at this point that something was missing...

You’d think I’d have realized at this point that something was missing…

For the topping, pour the topping mix into a small bowl.  Melt the additional 1/3 cup butter in a separate bowl.

MUCH better! Milk... it does a doughnut good.

MUCH better! Milk… it does a doughnut good.

Remove doughnuts from the pan while still warm, and gently brush each with melted butter and then roll in cinnamon sugar mixture.  Serve immediately.

I'd say the difference is pretty clear, eh?

I’d say the difference is pretty clear, eh?

The doughnuts, and even the doughnookies (as we affectionately named my ‘whoops, no milk’ doughnuts) were a hit.  Between the four of us, they were gone by the end of the night, and my friend’s husband said he actually preferred the doughnookies.  Success all around!  Thank you, Stonewall Kitchen.


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Making Memories on Memorial Day

The upcoming Memorial Day weekend brings with it a rush of nostalgia for me – memories filled with Memorial Days spent in Maine, participating in parades or watching from the sidewalk, grilling hot dogs (the red ones, of course) and hamburgers with family, celebrating togetherness and honoring the memory of the servicemen and women who gave their lives for our country.

As we all know, summer starts slowly in Maine. Memorial Day weekend is often the real turning point to summer weather, making it a welcome milestone for Mainers. In preparation for this holiday, I’ve put together a brief listing of events around the state, as well as some opportunities to give back and support those who have served our country:

City of Portland Memorial Day Parade – May 27th at 10am, begins in Longfellow Square
(most, if not all, towns in Maine will have local Memorial Day parades – so keep a look out for news about yours.  I have fond memories of the Memorial Day parade in Gorham)

10th Annual Downeast Birding Festival (you may recall this from my post a week or so ago) – May 24th – 27th, Cobscook Bay area, Maine

Plant Sale at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (NOW is the time to visit this lovely place) – May 25th – 26th, 9am – 4pm (members only on Saturday morning), Boothbay, Maine.  Admission is also FREE for Maine residents (with valid ID), 9am – 5pm this weekend for Maine Days.  How many more reasons do you need?

Barberry... one of my favorite shrubs!

Barberry… one of my favorite shrubs!

Guided Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Presque Isle – Saturday, May 25th, the tour begins at 10am and includes more than 30 historic sites and individuals (approximately 2 miles walking distance).

Embrace history with a tour of museums in Old York, Maine – Monday, May 27th, for just a dollar per building, from 9am – 5pm.

The Wounded Warrior Project is an excellent program committed to providing services to our returning servicemen and women. Their mission is to “foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.”

The Maine Military & Community Network strives to raise awareness about the challenges faced by military service members and their families, help to connect them to resources and support, and help them integrate in their communities.

Happy Memorial Day (in advance) – I hope you are able to spend it enjoying the company of family and friends!