Fettuccine with Sausage, Fresh Peas, and Garlic Scapes

Fettuccine with Sausage, Scapes, and Peas

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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Poutine Grilled Cheese (Homemade)

Poutine Grilled Cheese

Today’s sandwich is the “Poutine Grilled Cheese” It combines french fries and cheddar cheese curds on oatmeal bread, with a side of pork gravy. Notes: As you start to peel off the layers of clothing you’ve been wearing all Winter, exposing pale, pasty flesh to the sun for the first time in months, you may… 

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How to Make American Cheese

Homemade American Cheese

As our regular readers know, I’ll go to my grave defending processed, pasteurized American cheese. I understand your objections to this position. I’ve heard all of the arguments. It’s bland. It’s lowbrow. Heck, it’s not even technically cheese, but more of a sciency slurry of milk, whey, milkfat, artificial flavorings and oil, dyed orange and… 

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Today’s Sandwich: Sweet Ham and Swiss Cheese Sliders (Homemade)

Sweet Ham and Swiss Cheese Sliders

Today’s sandwich is the “Sweet Ham and Swiss Cheese Slider.” It combines ham, Swiss cheese, sweet pickle, and mayonnaise on a butter-and-sugar-brushed soft dinner roll. Notes: I don’t think I’ve ever seen the combination of salty ham and sweet sugar embraced quite as mightily as it is in Southern Mexico. In that section of the… 

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Broccoli Cheddar Soup Grilled Cheese (Homemade)

Broccoli Cheese Soup Grilled Cheese

Today’s sandwich combines sauteed broccoli, onion, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and bacon on freshly-baked bread. Notes: Is there anything more comforting on all of planet Earth than a steaming hot mug of broccoli cheddar soup? And is there any better excuse for eating an entire bowl of of what amounts to little more than hot,… 

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“Eggplant Parmesan” Grilled Cheese (Homemade)


Today’s sandwich is the “eggplant parmesan” grilled cheese. It combines breaded, fried eggplant slices, tangy tomato sauce, three kinds of cheese on crusty Italian bread. Notes: It all started with a soda. An old friend gave me a liter of Foxon Park white birch, sweetened with real sugar and lightly effervescent. This small batch soft drink, which has… 

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