Deviled Mushrooms on Toast

Deviled Mushrooms on Toast

This is the kind of food I wish I had learned to make, when I was a young bachelor. My cooking endeavors as a single man living in a city I couldn’t afford were driven mostly by cost, and a dish’s ability to be served again and again, all week long. Mostly, I seemed to… 

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Mussels with Sausages, Onions and Fennel

This is a pleasing, rustic, one-pan dish that makes a weekday dinner feel like a French party in the country. Have you been to a French party in the country? I have and they are no joke, my friends. Always bring a buddy. So, I was already mixing up a batch of no-knead bread when… 

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Fettuccine with Sausage, Scapes, and Peas

Fettuccine with Sausage, Fresh Peas, and Garlic Scapes

Violet and I have been out exploring the nooks and crannies of our new neighborhood, stopping in every shop. Today we visited “Fresh Off The Farm,” a lovely little natural foods market on Route 1 in Rockport. I was so happy to find favorite brands like Mrs. Meyers and California Baby, bulk bins of grains,… 

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Clayton's Famous Chicken Salad

Clayton’s Cafe Famous Chicken Salad Copycat (Mock Sous Vide Method)

I‘ve spent plenty of time on these pages waxing rhapsodic about the “Famous” Chicken Salad Sandwich from Clayton’s Cafe in Yarmouth. It’s everything a chicken salad sandwich should be, and yet, seems so rare to actually find; huge chunks of white meat chicken breast, tossed lovingly with big plump red grapes, Danish blue cheese, and… 

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Cod End Seafood

Cod End Seafood & Marina

I have an imaginary history in Tenants Harbor, a tiny, pretty town that inspires quasi-mythic reverie in me and many others, I would guess. I almost remember jumping into the bracing sea from a swing hanging by the edge of the pier and scrambling around the rocks to poke at small crabs and other sea life. I feel like a… 

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Classic Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese

Visit nearly any home in the Southern part of the United States on a weekday afternoon, and it won’t be long before your kindly host breaks out a bowl of pimento cheese. The Southern staple, a simple mix of cheese, mayonnaise, and sweet peppers, is a quick, inexpensive snack to serve to a group of… 

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Lemon Meringue Jello Shots

Lemon Meringue Jello Shots

I‘m somebody’s mother; I’m not supposed to do Jello shots. I’m somebody’s mother, so I go to bed at 10 o’clock every night and wear sensible shoes and never dance in fountains anymore. These are the rules of adulthood that are occasionally meant to be broken. Spending time with college friends is one of the… 

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Michelob ULTRA Hard Cider

Michelob Ultra Light Cider

The last fourteen years have not been particularly kind to me, physically. As it turns out, a near total lack of any kind of physical movement of any kind, along with a decade-long steady intake of uncured sausage and Jameson Irish Whiskey has turned by once wiry twenty-year-old frame kind of, well, paunchy. Doughy, even…. 

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Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

My grandmother wasn’t much of a baker. Her idea of homemade dessert was thawing a square Sara Lee chocolate cake and plopping a dollop of Cool Whip on top. She did make two sweet things well. Zucchini bread and apple pie. Though I am beginning to suspect the pie was also counterfeit. When I was… 

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