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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Lentil Soup & Friday Night in the South of France

It's just about 9 o'clock on Friday night and it's 53 degrees in Boston—which is officially soup weather in my book. It's late to be starting a pot of soup, but somehow that's not...

Sweet Pork Ciderhouse Stew

This is one of my ultimate comfort foods. It's got a lovely balance of sweet and savory flavors from the combination of apple cider, cinnamon, chicken stock, browned meat, and a smidge of apricot preserves. A...

Brown-Sugar Cranberry Sauce

Ever since I was a kid, cranberry sauce has always been one of my favorite things about the fall. Most of the time, my mom made homemade cranberry sauce. Now, she's an amazing cook. Sometimes,...

Autumn Harvest Beef Stew

I have a pretty strong nesting instinct year round. When the cold weather kicks in, though, I go into overdrive, and start to do things like knit scarves and make stew and bake in...

Rib of the Week: Ruby Lacquered Pork Ribs

Ah, pork. It goes so well with so many things—including fruit. So, as I was eyeing the package of pork spare ribs in my fridge last night, I noticed I had leftover raspberry sauce from...

Rustic Raspberry Vodka-tini

Does the world really need another flavored "martini" that's made with vodka, not gin? Absolutely. Indulge me. I have a penchant for smooshing up fresh fruit with vodka and gleefully declaring Happy Hour. Be careful. This cocktail...

Hey, You: Save the Mint! And Make It Schnappy!

This week, I started to think about one of my dreaded end-of-summer chores: cleaning up the garden. Aside from all the weeding, pruning, and plucking, I needed to figure out what I'm doing with all...

Peachberry Ice Cream Drizzle

I love vanilla ice cream. It's kind of boring, but it's true. I love Haagen-Dazs. I love Brighams. I love almost everything in between. Give me a Hoodsie cup on a hot afternoon or a...

Sangria Tasting Bar: A Trio of Punches

For most folks I know, the word "sangria" almost always translates into "instant party." And as with any good party, the more the merrier. Here's how to set up a sangria tasting bar to...

Smoky Corn Chowder

This soup is gloriously rich and bursting with chunks of sweet corn and potato. It gets its smokiness from bacon and chipotle pepper. The pepper's heat is tempered nicely by the creamy broth. If you're...

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