Barton Seaver x SKORDO | Wine Pairing Salt Blends

Barton Seaver x SKORDO | Wine Pairing Salt Blends

Introducing: Barton Seaver x SKORDO Wine Pairing Sea Salts.

We are thrilled to launch six new sea salt blends, each handcrafted to pair with the world’s most beloved wines. From the kitchen of Barton Seaver, esteemed chef and author-- each blend is designed to deliciously season proteins, vegetables, legumes, and grains while complementing the flavor of each wine varietal. Dive into each new blend and explore recipes to go with them.

October 01, 2022
Brad's Favorite Portland Activities

Brad's Favorite Portland Activities

Hi I'm Brad, a Sales Associate at SKORDO. I'm a recent transplant to Portland, Maine. My girlfriend and I moved to the city from West Virginia a year ago. We have definitely fallen in love with the area. I think calling Portland a city really isn't fair. It feels and operates like an oversized beach town.

Moving to Portland after one visit is a common theme and there are no exceptions here, but my inspiration to move may be a little different. While I love all of Portland's food, I chose Maine to satisfy my sense of adventure and I've found more fun stuff to do in Portland than I thought possible.

May 02, 2022
Our Favorite Things To Do in Portland, Maine

Our Favorite Things To Do in Portland, Maine

The greater Portland area is a foodie paradise. After spending time in SKORDO with our knowledge team of Portland food experts, be sure to explore the rest of the city! The restaurant scene, speciality markets and critically acclaimed bakeries prove this city is a must stop for all gourmet wanderers. 

Below is our list of favorites broken into categories and updated often. The SKORDO team is always out sampling the best Portland restaurants and will be sure to share their personal favorites when you visit our shops. For the latest hours and updates on these businesses, we recommend checking in on their Instagram pages.We love to hear your feedback and hope this helps in planning your next trip to Portland! 

April 11, 2022
Natural Egg Dyeing-SKORDO Kitchen Blog

Natural Egg Dyeing

Decorating eggs is one of my favorite childhood memories. At our house it was all about the add-ons: Rubber bands for a tie dyed effect, Crayon drawing, dripped wax, intentional cracks, even glued on 'hair' for portrait eggs - you name it, we gave it a try. 

This years approach was back to basics. In place of store bought box kits, I raided our pantry and fridge for natural dyes. The end results were muted pastels fit for a grown up Easter basket. 

March 17, 2022
Fennel Pollen

Fennel Pollen

This ingredient is for any home cook craving a trip to Italy. Fennel Pollen reminds us of sunshine. It illuminates everything it touches and a little goes a very long way. It is bright, fun and more affordable than a flight to Rome. Plus, it's one of the most requested items in our shops. Curious? Read on to learn all why this is a spice rack essential. 
March 04, 2022
Vanilla Bean Paste: What + Why?

Vanilla Bean Paste: What + Why?

Vanilla paste is made from Madagascar vanilla extract, vanilla powder and ground vanilla bean seeds that add color and texture. The consistency is reminiscent of a thick Maple Syrup with suspended flecks of vanilla. The paste is a great alternative for a recipe that calls for scraped vanilla beans or a rich vanilla extract.  
March 01, 2022
Popcorn Party!

Popcorn Party!

What’s good on popcorn? Everything! SKORDO Blends + Rubs are designed to be versatile and freshly popped kernels are the ideal neutral base for sweet, spicy, and savory flavors. Keep it simple with Black Truffle Sea Salt or go all in with Caramel Corn. Homemade popcorn is the ultimate choose your own adventure in the kitchen.
February 10, 2022
Vena's Fizz House x SKORDO

Vena's Fizz House x SKORDO

Team SKORDO first learned about Vena's Fizz House in 2016. We were busy opening our Old Port store and couldn't help but notice the vibrant cocktail and mocktail shop down the street. The combination of vintage glassware, impeccably built ingredients and delicious drinks had us making up any excuse to visit Vena's.

Today, the Vena's Fizz House team is focused on their line of sippers, bitters, infused sugar cubes, and a Maine inspired syrup. You can find their products in specialty food shops or purchase directly on their website. They are also preparing to open a new retail and bar location in Portland with enough space to host events and classes. 

Steve, one of Vena's founders, was kind enough to answer our questions and passed along a couple home bar tips and tricks. Enjoy!   

February 02, 2022
Sumac Deep Dive-SKORDO Kitchen Blog

Sumac Deep Dive

There are numerous varieties of sumac, each with their own flavor and pigment profiles. The berry hue will change depending on the season, soil composition and varietal. Similarly, the taste of sumac is subject to environment influences and personal interpretation. Descriptions range from sour to floral. Lemon and vinegar are often used as substitutes, but both are far more acidic than the spice. Paprika may be used as a color substitute in dishes, but its base hue is orange while Sumac has a red or purple undertone.
February 01, 2022
Topics: Cinnamon-SKORDO Kitchen Blog

Topics: Cinnamon

One of the top questions in the shop is: ‘What’s the difference between your cinnamons?”. We usually respond with a flavor driven response but buckle up – we’re going for a cinnamon deep dive today!
February 01, 2022
Mortar + Pestles around the world-SKORDO Kitchen Blog

Mortar + Pestles around the world

Mortar and Pestle: visibly two tools, technically one. The two pieces made of the same material work together by ways of pounding and grinding to create smooth pastes or fine powders. Since we're food people, I was most curious about how different cultures use Mortar and Pestles in their traditional dishes. 
January 13, 2022
Paprika Breakdown-SKORDO Kitchen Blog

Paprika Breakdown

With four different paprikas in our stores, it can be a challenge to choose which one to use in which recipes. Fear not, we are here to help! Old Port Team Member, Adrian Griffis, took some time to research the differences and break it down for you. We certainly learned something new, how about you?
January 06, 2022