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In praise of good hot dogs

You have to pity the poor hot dog. Not since… I don’t know what… has something been so loved and hated at the same time. Millions of Americans absolutely adore this virtual symbol of the quintessential American holiday yet denigrate them, and themselves, for eating … [Read more...]

This man knows his dandelions

I cannot understand why -- what with all the locavores and food bloggers out there going on and on about ramps, fiddleheads, and morels this time of year -- nobody’s raving about how great dandelion greens are. Am I missing something? I think they should top everybody’s list … [Read more...]

Loving what you grew up with

Taste is such a complex affair. People perceive the flavors in a dish based not only on the balance of ingredients its cook has assembled, but with an emotional sensibility unique to each individual. Flavors ring bells, causing unconscious sense memories to zip around our … [Read more...]

Rustic Italian

The bar at Trattoria San Pietro in Norwell If it’s true that a taste for simple rustic dishes is emerging as the culinary zeitgeist of the moment, Trattoria San Pietro is likely to become even more popular than it already is. First clue: Instead of serving a plate of olive … [Read more...]

The Fours

I admit it. I was skeptical about the possibility of getting a good meal at Norwell’s new The Four’s Restaurant & Sports Bar. Yet, its frequently full parking lot and pretty patio beckoned every time I passed the place. So when a friend reported that the food was good, I was … [Read more...]

Norwell’s hip spot for food

I can't believe Steven Tyler found Bo'-Tes Imports before I did. Which is a (name-dropping) understatement, since evidently he's been hip to the place for years and I only discovered it last week. Anyhow, now that I've found it, I figure I'm on an equal footing with our South … [Read more...]

Order in the Kitchen

One day last summer I'd had it with my refrigerator – totally had it. The crisper drawers were broken and although I'd put a wire rack in there to replace them, it wasn't working. So even though our plan was to wait on buying a new refrigerator until we could renovate the … [Read more...]

A Calorie is a Calorie is a Calorie

Steven Sullas  knows his calories. He also knows his carbs, sodium, gluten, and fat. Better yet, he knows how to modify popular dishes for people with particular dietary needs. You don't feel like cooking and you want a gluten-free dinner? A low-sodium entre? Call Norwell's … [Read more...]