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Monday, January 17, 2022

Get Halloween-y: 13 Tricks and Treats

As sad as I am to see summer go, I'm really excited for fall—especially Halloween. It's still a little bit early for me to bust into full-fledged spooky shopping mode, but here's a baker's dozen...

Labor Day Special: Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

At the risk of needing to rename this blog The Thirsty Mouse, here's my recipe for Bourbon Barbecue Sauce. This is what I'll be putting on my pork ribs this Labor Day weekend. It's quick...

Lemony-Glazed Cream Cheese Cookies

In our house, we make these cookies around Christmas, but they're great year round. They're soft and sweet—and slightly tangy. This recipe is a family heirloom. (I actually called my mother to ask for...

Goody Glover’s: An Irish Pub in Boston’s North End

What's an Irish pub like Goody Glover's doing on the edge of Boston's Italian North End? Serving absolutely amazing drinks and fat, juicy burgers, that's what. After our adventure through Boston's Haymarket open air market...

A Photo Tour: Boston’s Legendary Haymarket

It's way too hot out. The Lady Otter and I are wading through a crowd, weaving under awnings and past overflowing stalls. It's like a cross between a narrow Tokyo market street and the New...

How To Make a Proper Mint Julep

All that talk about cocktail gear a few days ago started to make my mouth water for a juicy cocktail or two to toast the end of summer. Now, it's been raining in Boston for...

A Phyllo Dough Primer

I just posted my Buttery Greek Apple Tart recipe. As I started to write the notes on how to deal with phyllo dough at the end of the recipe, I realized that it probably...

Infuse Your Booze: Making Fruit-Flavored Liquors

Fresh fruit + vodka = summer in a glass, all year round. I've been making fruit-infused liquors for about 10 years. I get it from my mother, who makes jars of lemon verbena liquor and...

Crab Rangoon Dip

Crab rangoons have to be one of the best appetizers ever made. (In fact, we probably have one of the only dogs on the planet who comes running when offered one.) This hot crab dip...