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Arthur & Pat’s summer shack

It’s the first sunny day since Arthur & Pat’s opened for the season, and we’re finally here for breakfast after a long winter’s wait. If you’ve never been to this Marshfield institution, go before the Food Channel discovers it and you can’t get in the door. It’s the … [Read more...]

In "Cuisine of Necessity" recipes always evolving

I started to write something else this week, but suddenly I just had to tell you about an amazing soup I've made about 10 times (honestly) in as many weeks. Since we've still got February to eat our way through, and the soup is such as easy, inexpensive, and delicious winter … [Read more...]

Vodka pie crust, rolled not stirred

So a cold wind blew in last week, and like a dumb blonde turns toward the nearest guy, it made me want to make apple pie. I'm not much of a baker, but I have a few confections in my repertoire, and apple pie is what I make this time of year. I've been using the same, … [Read more...]

Alchemy of heat and pressure

It's cranberry season now, and apple season, and green tomato time, too. And pears are there for the picking and even raspberries -- but not for much longer. Last month, the grape harvest ended, and before that, of course, it was August, and July, and June, and many fruits … [Read more...]

Festa della Madonna della Luce

Last Sunday a small pine grove in Hingham erupted in picnic tables covered with food and hundreds of people. The little-known annual celebration was the 51st local Festa della Madonna della Luce – the Feast of the Mother of Light. It takes place every year on the late August … [Read more...]

Garlic’s Little Brother

For the past ten days, I've been tracking the scape harvest across the microclimates of Massachusetts and can announce with surety that the time is now: Scapes are out there in the gardens, farms, and markets of Boston's South Shore this week. Do you know scapes? Or garlic … [Read more...]