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Recipes from vintage American cookbooks

Soup for a Snowy Week

Our crocuses bloomed, but now they’ve face planted in a foot of snow, thanks to fickle New England weather. A blizzard shut down the city for an entire day last week, which gave me time to cook an intriguing recipe for … Continue reading

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A Bright Brunch Cocktail

Because 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 … Continue reading

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Icicles and Parsnip Chowder

One 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 … Continue reading

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Rich and Thin Brownies

That 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 … Continue reading

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Snow Blower Cocktail for Patriots Fans

Since 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 … Continue reading

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An Inaugural Food Tradition

As 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 … Continue reading

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Party Punch that Swirls and Sparkles

Whether you plan to celebrate or protest, the U.S. Presidential inauguration week begins with gatherings of all kinds.

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