White Cedar Inn

178 Main Street, Freeport, Maine 04032
Innkeeper(s): Monica Kissane and Rock Nadeau

Goat Cheese and Chocolate Puff Pastry 1 Sep 2015, 11:15 am

Goat cheese and chocolate puffs

Searching through the photo files I came across this beauty and realized I never posted the recipe! Let's rectify that situation right now.

Ingredients: (makes 8)

4 oz goat cheese
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp sugar
pinch of salt
1 pkg of puff pastry (2 sheets)
2 oz chocolate, chopped (dark or semi sweet; for milk chocolate don't add sugar)
1 beaten egg for washing pastry
1 tbsp kosher salt (chunky salt, not table salt)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. If puff pastry is frozen, let sit for 20 minutes unwrapped before trying to unroll.

In a small bowl, mix together the first 5 ingredients.

Roll out pastry on lightly floured surface. Cut into 8 squares. Divide the cheese mixture evenly into the center of the 8 squares. Top with chopped chocolate. 

Fold one corner (A) of the pastry almost to the opposite corner (B). Brush top with egg wash. Fold (B)corner over top. Your pastry should be long and open at the ends. Brush whole pastry with egg wash and sprinkle a little coarse salt on top. Place pastries on parchment paper covered baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve warm or cooled.

Alternative: use cream cheese instead of goat cheese. Add nuts or dried cherries.

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Find It Used in Freeport! 27 Aug 2015, 3:16 pm

So, last week I decided to check out all the cool places in Freeport to find the antique, unique and off the beaten path kinds of fun stuff you love to bring home from a vacation. And, it doesn't hurt that you're supporting local small businesses, artists and crafters. All of the businesses, and one non profit, mentioned below are owned and operated by local folks with a passion for what they do.

Without further ado - Freeport's Antiques and Uniques: (click the pin to show the detail or click the list link at the far left on the map)

A cool map of secondhand, used, antique and unique shops in Freeport, Maine.

The map above is laid out to start at White Cedar Inn. All of the pins have the address of the business and distance from here. Total distance from A to J? 4 miles. Easy peasy. 

Starting at J and working back, we have Pillars Antiques. 125A US Rt 1 Freeport, Maine 207-869-5164 At the Big Indian.

A remarkable collection of indoor and outdoor furnishings and decorative arts. Laid out in 'rooms' so you can get a sense of how everything will look. Lots of little nooks and crannies. Go ahead, poke around!

You can also stop here for lunch at the Old World Deli or dinner at Conundrum. (Caveat - Google maps, and possibly some GPS units think this address is in South Freeport, it is not.)

Who doesn't need a mask to hang on the wall?

Wonderful summer furnishings for your porch

Next stop is I - Two Brothers Books. 176 US Rt 1 Freeport, Maine 207-865-9524 

I have avoided stopping in here for 11 years. Why? I'm a book hound. I figured if I ever went in I'd never come out. As it is, I went in just for you, dear reader. (Ha! Do you really believe that?) Of course, I found books I knew they would have and that I should just have picked up years ago. Namely, some copies of books by Donald MacMillan and his wife, Miriam. Not to mention the miles of books I didn't stop to admire. Although, I was particularly taken with the novel (ha, ha) use of old closets for various book genres. I have to check out the postcard collection next time. I love framing the old scenes of Freeport and hanging them in the guest rooms here.

If you're a book fiend, plan a few hours in here, it goes on for miles. As a good old used bookstore should.

The shelves go on forever.

Onward to H - Maine Wicked Goods Mercantile. 304 US Rt 1 Freeport, Maine 207-869-5251 

This is your Freeport home for all things Moxie. That's what I thought going in. Little did I know they also have a large collection of Chart jewelry, Lobstering Is An Art note cards, and Buoy Bob's Buoy Bats along with their ever-expanding collection of oddities, antiques and uniques. 

Need an antique hooked rug? Carved shore bird for the mantel? A set of juice glasses and pitcher with camels painted on them? This is the place for you! And don't forget to pick up the Moxie while you're here.

Hooked rugs galore.

Wicked good 'aht'.

Chart jewelry - a lovely gift for the person who's far away from Maine.

Next up is G - Freeport Emporium 291 US Rt 1 Freeport, Maine (Google maps also thinks this location is in South Freeport, it is not.)

Housed in exactly the kind of old barn you know has the sweetest finds, Freeport Emporium has 2 floors of everything you might think you want in an antiques, uniques and flea market type setting. Including some uniquely repurposed skis, gas cylinders and more.

Had I not been on a quest to get to each of these different stores in under an hour, I could have poked around in here for the full hour and then some! It's always fun to see how creative people can take something useless (beat up stereo cabinet) and turn it into something funky and functional (drinks trolley).

Things move quickly here, so don't dither! You see it, you like it, you buy it.

(Side trip - about 30 feet - stop in at Shard Pottery down the driveway to the right.)

Even the layout is inviting.

You know you need that tres 90's wedding dress!

School of fish? Yeah, they have that.

Moving on is F - Great Stuff! 475 US Rt 1 Freeport, Maine 207-865-1000

Great Stuff! is a consignment store where you'll find lots of interesting newer pieces and refurbished older furnishings. Most items are in their original condition although, again, crafty folks have converted some kind-of-blah pieces into fun decor.

Getting a little peckish after your hours of traversing all these neat second hand stores? Pop into the Sunrise Cafe for lunch. Or, across the street at Cindy's for lobster or clam roll. You're also close to Maine Beer and Buck's BBQ. (More on drinking your way through Freeport in another blog.)

Nearby is E - Sweet Repeats Children's Clothing Consignment. 554 US Rt 1 Freeport, Maine 207-869-5179

Full disclosure, I've not stopped in here. Yet. There are no little ones growing out of clothes every month here. However, I've heard good things from guests who've happened on the shop while poking around in Cuddledown or popping into Buck's for a brew. It makes no sense to pay full price for little kid's clothing when you know, you just know, they are going to have messy fun in that cute little $88 Lilly Pulitzer overall set two minutes after you let them out of the house!

Getting closer to the inn is D - Annie's Book Stop 18 Independence Dr Freeport, Maine 207-865-3406

This is my go to used bookstore for reading material for my book group. It's close enough that I can go out for a walk and accomplish several things at once: exercise, poking around in a book store and carting home some new favs. You can also trade in books here.

Next up is C - Freeport Community Thrift Shop 53 Depot St Freeport, Maine 207-865-3985

The small thrift shop filled with clothing right at the entrance is only the beginning. Downstairs is where they store the big pieces like furniture, lamps, art work and dishware. Don't forget to check out the senior's little section at the top of the stairs. I've gotten some cool (new) Maine tote bags there!

Almost home now, B - New Beginnings Consignment Boutique 27 Bow St Freeport, Maine 207-865-7078

Adult clothing, shoes, jewelry and more. Follow them on Facebook! They'll let you know when a big consignment has come in, like a couple of years ago when they got bags of cashmere and wool sweaters just in time for fall. I scored a funky Woolrich sweater with sheep on it.

OK, now we're headed back to the inn with tons of fun and funky Maine gifts for friends and family. Oh, what's that you say, you bought it all for yourself? Not to worry, there's always tomorrow.

Many of these stores do not have websites, but quite a few have Facebook pages. Look them up and follow them online for insider tips on new items in stock! Be sure to say White Cedar Inn sent you when you wander into one of these eclectic shops!

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Devil's Back Trail - Harpswell, Maine 9 Jul 2015, 3:19 pm

Devil's Back Trailhead Marker
We're always looking for new places to hike in all seasons. We hit the Devil's Back Trail in May while on a loop around Harpswell. I can't say how many times we've driven past here and never noticed it. It's kind of embarrassing! There is the close-to-the-road sign above and there is a nicely sized parking area right across the road. Hard to miss. And yet I have, many times.

The trails meander around through pine woods and along the coast. There are a few spots where the trails cross and definite markers that you've reached the end of the town property. We didn't have time to walk the whole trail, so we'll leave it to you to find the places we missed. Bring along a picnic lunch and enjoy it on the small beaches or large rocks along the coast.

Download a trail map here.

Here are a few photos from our day on the trail:

Along the trail - rope hand holds

Horseshoe crab

Lobster boats on Long Cove

'Rocks' on the trail

Lester's Bench looking out at Long Cove
To get to Devil's Back Trail from White Cedar Inn:

Go north on Rt 1 (in front of the house) to the exit for Cooks Corners - Bailey Island. At the stop light go straight. Stay on Rt 24 across Great Island to Orr's Island. As you come around a long, left curve you'll see the bridge to Orr's Island. The parking area is on the left after a couple of side roads/driveways. There are boulders demarcating the parking from the road. Across the street is the trail.

You could spend a whole day traversing the islands, meandering down side roads to the towns at the end of the peninsulas.

Combine this with a trip the Giant's Stairs,Bowdoin College Coastal Studies Trail and a stop at Land's End for some fudge! And don't miss the many lobster pounds and restaurants along the way.

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Pemaquid Peninsula Day Trip 26 Jun 2015, 3:23 pm

Pemaquid Point Light
The Pemaquid Point loop drive from Newcastle to Bristol to New Harbor to Waldoboro is a truly scenic drive at any time of year. Pemaquid Point Light is open in the summer so you can go right up into the light (weather permitting).

Starting out early in the morning is the best way to take in most of the sights. There will always be something you missed that needs another day to see!

Here are some highlights you can enjoy on your day trip to Pemaquid Peninsula:

Pemaquid Harbor

Fort William Henry

New Harbor lobster boats

Lobster roll at Shaw's on the harbor
Artist at work

Rachel Carson Salt Pond Preserve

Hauling the lobsters
Dolphins in Muscongus Bay
Franklin Island Light from Hardy Boat

Puffin bringing home the (bacon) fish

Quiet refuge on Upper Round Pound Rd

Picnic at Muscongus Bay Lobster

Old Rock Schoolhouse
So, how do you go about following this route and seeing these sites? Route 1 North from White Cedar Inn to Newcastle. Take Rt 129 across the bridge to Damariscotta. (Stop at Reny's - A Maine Adventure) Follow Rt 129 to Rt 130 to Fort William Henry. Leaving the fort, continue to the end of Rt 130 to find Pemaquid Pt lighthouse.  (If it's a hot day, look for the Bristol Swimming Hole for a dip in the cold, moving water.)

From there, head back along Rt 130 to the Pemaquid Loop then to Rt 32 (New Harbor). From May to August you can take Hardy Boat Cruises to Eastern Egg Rock to see the puffins. Stop at Shaw's for lobster roll!

Continue on Rt 32 just past the dock to the Rachel Carson Salt Pond Preserve. (Parking is along the side of the road.)

Just off Rt 32 is Upper Round Pond Rd, a scenic drive, that will take you to the Old Rock Schoolhouse. Back down Upper Round Pond Rd to Rt 32 again, take a left and head to Muscongus Bay Lobster and Round Pond Lobster Co-op. (Stop in at the Granite Hall Store in Round Pond for ice cream!) The Co-op does steamed lobster. Muscongus Bay Lobster does all kinds of lobster plus fried foods.

Stuffed with lobster, continue on Rt 32 to Waldoboro, then head south on Rt 1 and back to the inn. Still hungry? Pull back off Rt 1 in Newcastle and go to the Newcastle Publick House.

Ask us for map to plan your trip!

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Pond Island Light 23 Jun 2015, 9:05 am

Pond Island Light

Pond Island Light

Pond Island Light
Pond Island Light is on a small bit of rock in the Kennebec River. It is easily visible from Fort Popham, Popham Beach and Fort Baldwin.

You can also take a lighthouse cruise out of the Maine Maritime Museum for a closer look at the lighthouses along the river and out to Seguin Light.

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Franklin Island Lighthouse 20 Jun 2015, 8:21 am

Franklin Island Lighthouse
Located in the Muscongus Bay, the Franklin Island Lighthouse is easily visible from the deck of the Hardy Boat Cruise's trip to Eastern Egg Rock to see the puffins. The island is part of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Access to the island is difficult.  Some islands are closed to foot traffic from April through August to allow seabirds to nest.

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Lobster Risotto 2 Apr 2015, 9:32 am

Lobster risotto
A couple of weeks ago we went to the Maine Fishermen's Forum in Rockland. This year's special presentation was a panel of four chefs using local Maine seafood to prepare yummy meals. The meals were then raffled off (we each won one of these!) and it was so good we decided to make it at home.

This recipe was presented by Lynn Archer from Archer's in Rockland.

Ingredients: serves 4-6 (possibly only 2 if you really like it)

2 lbs fresh Maine lobster (cooked and shelled)
1/2 stick butter
4 c cooked risotto (use whatever recipe you like but leave out the onions)
1 c shaved Parmesan
3 c half n half
2 c fresh spinach
1/2 c parsley
salt & pepper


Prepare the risotto the day before if you can. Melt 1/2 stick of butter (or olive oil, if you prefer) in a large, flat bottomed skillet. Add the already cooked risotto and stir over medium heat. Add half n half and parmesan, stirring continuously. When cheese is melted and risotto is warm, add lobster, parsley and salt & pepper to taste. Stir to warm lobster, then remove from heat.

Plate on bed of spinach.

It's easier for me to get lobster here than it may be for you where you are. This recipe also works well with scallops or shrimp.

Just stepping up on a little soapbox for a minute. Most (85+%) of our seafood in the US comes from other countries. Some of those countries do not follow best practices for harvesting and shipping their products or caring for the waters from which they are harvested. Please ask for seafood as locally harvested as is possible. Don't be shy about asking where the seafood in the display case was obtained (country of origin). And don't be shy about asking for your grocery store to buy local when they can.

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Chocolate Pudding 11 Mar 2015, 11:57 am

Chocolate pudding with puff pastry hearts

It doesn't have to be Valentine's Day to have chocolate pudding or puff pastry hearts! This is a simple recipe that takes a little longer than instant pudding, but not much. It does require a little patience as you have to watch and stir so the pudding doesn't burn.


Puff pastry (one sheet makes about 12 -16 hearts, depending on the size you cut them)
beaten egg for pastry wash
1 pint heavy cream (or 2 cups of any % of milk you like)
3 tbsp cornstarch
5 tbsp sugar
pinch salt
4 oz semi- or bittersweet chocolate chips
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

If you're organized you can start with the puff pastry hearts and then do the pudding while they're baking. If you're easily distracted, don't do them simultaneously. ;-)

Puff pastry hearts:

Take puff pastry out of freezer about an hour before you need it. Unwrap and let sit on counter to thaw out a bit. Preheat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll the thawed pastry out and cut the hearts (or any shape) with a cookie cutter or knife. Place on parchment paper, brush with beaten egg and put in freezer for 5 minutes. Bake 10 -12 minutes until puffed and golden. Let cool. (Once cooled I popped them in a freezer bag to store until morning. They don't last long so don't make them days in advance.)


In a medium, flat-bottomed saucepan, combine cornstarch, sugar and salt. Slowly whisk in the milk/cream. Once the lumps are worked out you can pour faster. Over medium heat cook milk, stirring with a whisk to keep milk from burning on bottom. In 10 minutes or so the milk will be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Add chocolate, keep stirring until pudding *suddenly* thickens up. (Seriously, it goes from liquid to pudding pretty quickly.) Remove from heat, stir in vanilla.

Pour quickly into a single bowl (if you can eat it all before anyone else gets home) or 4-6 pudding bowls (if you're planning to share). 

If you don't like the pudding 'skin' that may form when you don't eat it right away (standing in front of the stove), press plastic wrap right down on the surface of the pudding. Put in fridge to cool.

We added a bit of whipped cream (gilding the lily) and some raspberries for color.

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February snow 3 Feb 2015, 7:59 am

Some quick pix from snow cleanup today...

Snowy rooster tail.

The snowman cometh.

After the snow.

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Crêpes 3 Feb 2015, 7:23 am

crêpe with salsa

We're trying to master the art of the crêpe. They have to be thin enough to fold but not so thin they fall apart.

We have a crêpe machine now as the pan wasn't working out quite right. Couldn't get the wrist twist down.

crêpe machine

Ingredients: Makes 8 sweet crêpes

2 eggs
1/2 c water
3 tbsp melted unsalted butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp sugar
1 c flour
3/4 c milk

Mix together first 6 ingredients. Then alternate adding flour and milk, mixing well. The batter will be thin. It should pour easily, not as thick as pancake batter.

If you are using a crêpe machine, follow their directions for temperature settings and cooking times.


For this recipe we are filling the crêpes with chunky cooked apples. 


2 c diced tart apples
1 c water
1/2 c sugar
5 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp lemon juice

Cook apples and water over med heat for 10 minutes. Combine sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg together and add to cooking apples. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, add lemon juice. Keep warm until crêpes are made.

For multiple servings at a time, hot hold prepared crêpes in oven at 170 degrees, separated and stacked with baking paper between each set of crêpes. When ready to serve, place warm crêpe on plate, adding hot apple mixture quickly. Fold and continue until all crêpes are prepared. 

Top with whipped cream, powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, etc. Whatever you like.

Apple mixture and crêpes can be made in advance and warmed in the morning.

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