Healthy and Sane

Food, farms and more food in 100 pictures

July 27th, 2010 · 25 Comments · breakfast, dessert, Eating Well, Ellie Krieger, restaurant reviews, snacks

Once again, I wanted to start this post by thanking you all (that are still reading!!) for being patient with me. As you know, the last few weeks have been crazy busy and luckily – this weekend was the exact opposite! Adam is starting a new job tomorrow (his last day was Friday – same day as I handed in my work!) and we decided to take off for the weekend and completely unplug… in Maine. If you were following this blog a few months ago, you may remember our last super relaxing trip there. I knew this would be the perfect getaway this time around as well. I’m happy to report that our “batteries” are recharged and we are ready to face this work week. Good thing we only have 3 days left. 😉

By looking through 260+ pictures I took, it looks like this weekend was as crazy busy as ever. But I can assure you – we definitely spent a few hours just sitting on the porch, soaking in the sunshine and catching up on books that have been gathering some dust over the past few weeks. And of course, we also ate well. Very well. Thank you, Jane and Jim, for being such great hosts! (I also cooked one breakfast and one dinner – cooking is what I love!). So how about a recap? Ready?….

We like breaking up trips that are over 2 hours with fun stops. This weekend was my first time in Potsmouth, NH where I finally got to taste the famous Flatbread flatbreads. :)

This adorable drawing pretty much says it all :) My choice of the carne special – pepperoncini oil, organic garlic yogurt marinated chicken, baby spinach, whole milk mozzarella, kalamatta olives, feta cheese, artichokes hearts and herbs was a very good choice. I can’t see it on my camera so here is Adam’s pepperoni + mushroom flatbread (also awesome!).

The place itself is also adorable, very fitting for a super cute town. I want to go back to Portsmouth asap!

The real eating commenced upon our arrival in Maine though…

HEALTHY HOME COOKED MEALS (over 4 days, in no particular order)

Ellie Krieger’s tricolore penne pasta with chicken (recipe here)

Stuffed peppers with eggplant (and parmesan cheese) – recipe here. I had no idea these were somewhat healthy. I limited myself to just one. I may need to recreate them soon to make up for lost time. haha :)

Dark chocolate bark with walnut and dried cherries (and crystallized ginger) – recipe here. I ate my weight in these. Addictive is an understatement.

Broccoli-cheese (and sausage) breakfast casserole – recipe here

Chobani with fresh strawberries, blueberries and mango

Chobani with wild Maine blueberries, fresh mango, Kashi GoLean crunch cereal + mixed nuts

+ some blackberries Adam freshly picked on the side of the road while I was eating breakfast :)

Breakfast casserole with mushrooms and asparagus (recipe here, I added more cheese, more veggies than the recipe called for + some fresh lemon juice)

Blueberry tea cake (Adam’s mom has been making it for years… from this recipe?)

Apricot-walnut cereal bars (recipe here, the recipe yields a lot more than 10 servings and they are very delicious!!)

Zucchini rice casserole (recipe here, we subbed broccolini for zucchini and corn – this tasted like sinfully creamy risotto – SO good yet healthy, although apparently time consuming. Thanks for making this, Jane!!)

On Monday night I offered to cook dinner (although it ended up being a whole family effort after all). What’s more Maine than lobster? Adam and I decided that we must eat it every time we come. At $4/lb, fresh out of the water, it doesn’t get much better than this!!

Adam’s dad steamed the lobsters…

I made the lima bean/corn/grape tomato and bacon succotash (based on this recipe, I used 6 corn ears, lemon juice and of course lobster!!)

Mmm, so summery… and so Maine 😀

We bought 5 lobsters – Adam took the meat out of the last one and shared it with all of us. Good job, honey! 😉 Adam’s mom made this lovely pear tart from Ellie Krieger (recipe here)

Oh yeah, we ate quite well at home! 😎


A super special dinner at Primo. We’ve been dying to go ever since seeing Anthony Bordain go there. Vegetables served in the restaurant are home grown in their extensive gardens and meats, seafood and cheese are mostly local (we spotted some Italian cheeses – who can blame them?!).

The atmosphere was very cozy (read dark soft lighting) so my pictures would not do the food and presentation justice. Here is my favorite serving platter at the charcuterie bar.

The charcuterie board with homemade sausages was my favorite! Adam and I shared it as a starter and it set the right tone for what was to come – more delicious eats! :) This molten chocolate cake did not dissapoint either. Yes, I know – predictable… but I couldn’t help myself! :mrgreen:

Pretty much the exact opposite of Primo was a plate of fried clams we got at Kelly’s on the drive back. I don’t know what was up with me – I actually got this craving. Adam and I shared this plate. You know who ate the onion rings. 😉


Food, as always, was kind of the main activity (well eating it at least) but the coolest part of the weekend was visiting 5 different farms all over Maine. There were dozens open for visitors this past Sunday. How lucky was I?!! These pictures should say it all…

This afternoon, before going back to Boston, we picked some wild blackberries for the road.

Slim pickings today. Does that mean we should come back in a few weeks? 😆

The loot:

Another amazing weekend. I feel so fortunate!!

I had lots of time to destress and reevaluate my priorities. Some small changes will be coming to Healthy and Sane. Stay tuned. :mrgreen:

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25 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - DessertForTwo

    I’m so glad you’re back! :)

    Thanks for sharing all of the beautiful photos!

  • #2 - Kendel @ Eating Abroad

    Looks like the perfect weekend. I feel like I was there just by looking at your fantastic photos!

  • #3 - Lauren

    What a fun & relaxing weekend getaway! Your photos are gorgeous, the weather looked divine, and the food – of course – delicious. I bookmarked quite a few of those recipes, so thank you for the links!

    My folks are considering retiring to Maine in a handful of years, and I can definitely see spending many leisurely weekends up there :).

  • #4 - Heather

    What a great trip. Your pictures are beautiful (as usual!).
    That market looks fantastic!!

  • #5 - Carly

    What an amazing weekend :) Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures. It sure makes me want to plan a Maine getaway!

  • #6 - Shannon

    I’m glad you got to rest and recharge. You certainly earned a relaxing weekend away. Maine is so beautiful. We got engaged in Bar Harbor and I am dying to go back….3 years later!

  • #7 - Marina

    Glad to have you back. I love the picture of the baby calf and the cow. Precious.

  • #8 - rachael

    Looks like an amazing weekend! I love Maine!

  • #9 - Shannon

    Hey hun, I was just thinking about you!! Sounds (and looks) like you had an AMAZING weekend, just what you needed :) love that photo with the dog & the loaf of bread!

  • #10 - sister inna

    wow — everything looks amazing. i have to say, i’m quite jealous :) the photos of the farms with the clouds above, especially, make me wish for a getaway.
    hehe what is up with that photo of the dog wrestling for a chunk of bread!!

  • #11 - Elina

    Marina – the baby calf was 1 day old. It was the cutest thing!! These cows were definitely happy cows.

    Innz – that breads was about to be sliced up for the table and the dog just grabbed the whole thing. It was pretty hilarious actually. I had to snap a photo 😆

  • #12 - Bridget

    Your weekend looks incredible! SO relaxing :) I’m glad you liked Portsmouth!! I went to UNH (likw 10-15 min from there) and it’s still one of my favorite places! Funny I had never tried flatbreads when I was at school there (not sure if it was open then), but there is a flatbreads in Bedford, MA right near where I live now! So we go there…SO good!!!!
    I would of loved to visit all those farms! Glad your all rested up and back with us!

  • #13 - Heather

    what a fabulous and relaxing weekend! the food looks amazing, especially the lobster. i live in land-locked utah, so good seafood is impossible to come by.

  • #14 - Kelly

    Gorgeous. I love all the pictures. I for one could So use a weekend like that. The centerpiece (jar looking thing) on the outside table is especially cute. I am also so jealous of the cheese platter in the background of one of your photos.

  • #15 - Laura

    No matter how relaxing a trip i have, i still manage to come home with 35839583985 pictures on my camera (i may be exaggerating slightly…)! It’s madness!
    Wow some delicious looking eats here..espescially the chocolate bark! yum xx

  • #16 - Allie

    wow, beautiful pictures!! i really love that you include links to recipes!

  • #17 - Meghan@traveleatlove

    Good luck to Adam! Your weekend looks absolutely amazing and like something I need to do soon!

  • #18 - Caroline

    What a beautiful time you had in Maine! I am so excited to see your pics of the lobster pots etc. since I am heading north to Friendship Maine tomorrow morning! You just got me really excited!!! Love the fried seafood pics especially 😉

  • #19 - Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    Fresh raspberries!!!! My favorite thing in the world.

    Looks like an amazing weekend. Glad you had time to relax and get your mind off things.

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  • #21 -

    i loved looking through these pictures!!! fresh food and gorgeous farmland, what a blast! ur chobani breakfast with the cashews looks insanely crunchy, fresh, and appetizing! u couldnt help but feel extremely happy after eating a bowl of that <3

  • #22 - Caroline

    Sooo….in looking back through your pictures, I am pretty sure that I was at the SAME farm today, you were at last weekend, picking organic raspberries! Were you in Waldoboro? I recognize the house on the hill….I am sitting here munching on my pint of raspberries ($1.25…crazy cheap) and wishing I was back there.

  • #23 - Lara (Thinspired)

    Oh Elina, the things you get to see over there on the east coast! Gorgeous photos. The food looks amazing.

    Thank you for linking to that breakfast casserole. I think I’ll make it this weekend and keep it for breakfasts for the week to take to work…how do you think it would hold up?

  • #24 - Elina

    Lara, I think it would hold up very well. :)

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