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Susan Axelrod

Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business for 15 years before turning to journalism. By day, she is the social media editor for Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail or a Maine beer. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: August 19, 2013

Lobster 101 with Allison Fishman Task of Yahoo’s ‘Blue Ribbon Hunter’

Written by: Susan Axelrod

A few weeks ago, I got to experience the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland for the first time, in the company of my good friend Allison Fishman Task, who in addition to being the mother of five-month-old twins, the spokesperson for Cooking Light, author of the soon-to-be published “Lighten Up America” is ALSO the host of Yahoo’s Blue Ribbon Hunter. (She’s truly amazing!) I had great fun showing her how to choose, cook and eat a Maine lobster for her latest segment. Here’s the just-released video.

In case you missed it: Here’s my report on the Maine Lobster Festival Cooking Contest.

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