A Bright Brunch Cocktail

san-francisco-cocktailBecause I’m a runner, my brunch beverage of choice is usually Gatorade, but once in awhile it’s fun to set a festive table without resorting to the Bloody Mary and Mimosa standards. This recipe for San Francisco Cocktail comes from an unlikely source: Continue reading

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Icicles and Parsnip Chowder

parsnip-chowder-doneOne way to cope with the recent snowy spell in New England would be to make a batch of tropical cocktails. But for once, I decided to go along with it. I headed out on cross-country skis before work and made traditional New England recipes at night. This chowder interested me because it contains parsnips Continue reading

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Rich and Thin Brownies

chocolate-thin-browniesThat old adage, “you can never be too rich or too thin,” coined by Wallis Simpson – the scandalous divorcee who cost King Edward VIII the crown – applies to brownies as well as social climbers. This recipe for Thin Chocolate Bars from Home Cooks’ Easy Recipes (edited by Vivian Rothe, Paradise Press, 1993) bakes in a jelly roll pan. Continue reading

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Snow Blower Cocktail for Patriots Fans

snow-blower-cocktail-5Since I live in the capital of Patriots Nation, I could hardly pass up a chance to serve my Super Bowl crowd a locally themed cocktail to supplement our beer. I found my recipe in the St. Jean’s Book of Favorite Recipes (1982) from Newton, Massachusetts. St. Jean’s Catholic Church formed in the 1890s heart of the Nonantum section’s French-Canadian community. Continue reading

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An Inaugural Food Tradition

_20170120_121823As a candidate, President Donald Trump dispensed with many traditions. Continuing that theme, he  removed Boston-based Legal Sea Foods chowder from the celebratory menu, where it had been a fixture since 1981. Then he put it back! Want to make it? The recipe comes from the first edition of the Legal Sea Foods cookbook, published in 1988. Use bottled clam broth in place of fish stock to make it easier. Serve with a bottle of champagne — or shots of bourbon — depending on your sentiments today!

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Party Punch that Swirls and Sparkles

punch-deaconess-2Whether you plan to celebrate or protest, the U.S. Presidential inauguration week begins with gatherings of all kinds. Continue reading

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New Year Tradition: Tea, Cakes, Egg Nog

Egg Nog with nuts and cheese.JPGMost Americans associate champagne and caviar with the New Year, but other traditions pre-date that. The Puritans used to visit each other for tea and cookies on New Year’s Day. New Year’s receptions hosted by women became popular in the 19th century. Continue reading

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