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Fried seafood is one of summer’s guilty pleasures. And thanks to the Stefano family of Steep Falls, you can make your own fried clams, shrimp, scallops, oysters, calamari, or fish. You don’t even need to trek down to the local lobster shack to indulge your cravings. Their Maine Lobster Pound Seafood Batter & Fritter Mix (Gramma Mill’s Gluten Free Foods, 13 Jodies Way, Standish, 04084, 207-675-3001, www.grammamills.com , $5.99) is cheap, simple, and delicious. The made-in-Maine batter, which happens to be gluten free, is a combination of brown rice flour, tapioca flour, potato starch (from Aroostook Starch Company in Fort Fairfield), and a few other ingredients. Just add eggs, milk, and vegetable oil to the dry mix, coat, fry or bake, and, voila, you have your own batch of tasty fritters. (Insider secret: the batter is great for onion rings, and try adding soda water or beer to the mixture for crispier fritters of all kinds.) The mix is available in seafood markets up and down the coast. You’ll also find other Gramma Mill’s products, all gluten free, online or at Hannaford stores and natural food stores across the state.